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Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment
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Great product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Terramycin eye ointment review: One of the most effective topical antibiotics out there, this is often the first eye medication I reach for in in both dogs and cats with acute eye inflammations. Not only is the tetracycline main ingredient a wonderful antibiotic against a wide variety of bacteria, but also has an anti inflammatory effect as well in my experience and opinion, making it helpful for even noninfectious conditions of the eye. Given that most of us in general veterinary practice dont perform eye cultures on most eye cases presented to us, we need an antibiotic that has broad spectrum coverage, and terramycin is my favorite. In cats it is the drug of choice for a condition called chlamydia, which is a major cause of pink eye or conjunctivitis in many young kittens and cats from shelter situations. In dogs, especially those breeds who are so prone to eye disorders like cocker spaniels and shitzus, I find that reaching for this antibiotic first often resolves simple eye infections. And unlike those drugs which have cortisone in them, terramycin does not inhibit healing, or exascerbate eye ulcers, so it is typically safe to use, even if we are not sure whether bacterial infection is involved in a red or irritated eye with discharge. The major disadvantage I have seen with this antibiotic is the rare allergic reaction to topical terramycin , where the pet will become more irritated and light sensitive after the ointment is applied. If this should occur, an animal guardian should immediately stop application and see their veterinarian. Other than that rare occurance, I find this topical eye antibiotic a wonderful first line choice for most eye inflammations or irritations. If redness, discharge or irritation persists, however after a few days, then veterinary recheck is certainly recommended. And of course if ever a pet suffers from any eye symptoms, I always prefer the client have a proper veterinary exam and diagnosis FIRST ,before self prescribing eye medications at home. Conditions like glaucoma, eye ulcers and retinal visual problems need immediate veterinary attention and can only be diagnosed by a proper veterinary exam. In most cases, however of simple eye inflammations/infections, I highly recommend and endorse this product and give it an overall rating of 4.5. Ease of application a 5. 09/30/2008
Sweet! Puppy has an ulcer in her eye and the vet told me to apply this stuff to her eyes to heal her. The vet made it sound so easy, "just a little in each eye 3 times a day." Now I have been using the product for three days and have found if you calm the puppy then squeeze the tube over her eye, it gets in effectively. It does not hurt her, and in two days the redness, crying, and scratching has stopped. The ulcer is still there but getting smaller! Though my puppy is not completely cured yet, I know this product is helping! 08/08/2011
Great! I use this on my horse whenever he gets eye irritation from fly's. Works great! 07/09/2011
Can do harm My cat had conjunctivitis. he had no other symptoms. the vet prescribed terramycin (but didn't inspect with an opthalmoscope or do any tests.) The conjuncivitis got worse and worse, Kiti's eyes clouded over and he was obviously having trouble seeing, he didn't want to open them, he got tired, miserable and I knew he was aching all over, as he growled and howled when I touched him, his fur was staring and he just wanted to sleep, wouldn't run or play. In the end, i realised that it must be the ointment that was making him ill, stopped using it and just bathed his eyes with warm, very salty water6 instead - and 24 hours later he was as good as new! All medications can be harmful and we should never forget that. 03/15/2011
Two weeks - condition worsened My cat developed an ulcer rather quickly on his eye. The vets said that ulcer was superficial so there was no need for surgery- just a topical ointment (I even got a second opinion). After two weeks of applying the ointment three times a day (never missed a dose), the ulcer had not shrunk. Last night the ulcer suddenly worsened and enlarged to double the size. I took the cat to the vet first thing this morning. The Vet said that the ulcer still looked superficial but that it would be best for Scooter to stay at the Vet's office for a few nights so that the Vetinarians could care for him using a more aggressive eye drop that is to be administered every few hours (which I can't do b/c I work during the day). 08/17/2009
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I live in South Carolina. I have used
terramyci onintment for my dogs off and own for years. My vet just sold her practice will no tranfer my dos records. She just had a checkup in March and all is fine. She has a chroic condition in her right eye that has surgical repair when wu rescured her, Ilive on a fixed income and I caannot afford another diagnostic exam at this point, I just need the teramyin. Please advise. BMDM
Answer:Under California state law, Terramcyin Ophthalmic Ointment is a prescription medication. The legislators probably felt that this is a product that should not be available for use unless a veterinarian examined the pet's eye and determined the product was necessary to treat the pet. Not all eye infections are caused by bacteria, and Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment is only useful against bacterial infections.
Answer:No. Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment is for use in the eyes. It should not be used to treat an ear infection. I would recommend you try Zymox Otic for your pet's ear. If there's no improvement after 7 days, or if symptoms get worse, I would suggest you have your veterinarian examine the pet.
Pkg says don't touch tip of tube to any surface - not hands, not cats eyes. How do I apply it?
Answer:I rub my puppy to keep her calm then squeeze it into her eye, her blinking smooths it around. Just hover, squeeze,then calm again before moving to the next. I just did this and my dog did not jerk away, cry, or bite. Another method I use is waiting until she is about to sleep and applying it to her lower eyelid, again she blinks to move it around. Don't worry about over overdosing her, with this you cannot do so. (But do not be heavy handed this stuff can be expensive)
Answer:Great question. The caution does not apply to the cat's eye because that's where the medication is supposed to go. The caution does apply to the tip of the tube touching a counter top or your hands. The way to apply an eye ointment is:
1. wash your hands
2. remove outer cap and squeeze about 1/4 inch of ointment from the tube
3. keeping the pet's eyelid open, flick the ointment into the pet's eye. The ointment will separate from the applicator tip.
4. Replace outer cap
I adopted a 6 mos old kitten, Sept 2011, she has been seen by the vet for an eye infection which consists of a thicker greenish and clear runny discharge. Terramycin seems to clear up the infection but it keeps recurring every 2-3 mos. The kitttens eyes have been checked for glaucoma,cataracts and I have been told it is not herpes. Is this ointment safe to use for these recurring infections? Have been offered an oral med that can be given daily but the cat will not take it without a struglle, even when hidden in food. I am not able to continue to take my cat to the vet every couple of months for the same thing...please let me know if this is safe for use every couple of months
Answer:It is fine to use it for recurring infections, though I wonder if you need something stronger to keep it at bay. I know this drug is suited for repeated use.
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