Antibiotic and Prescription Eye Medications For Dogs, Cats and Horses
Treatment of eyelid defects can sometimes depend on the severity of the problem. Some cases only need a few antibiotics and eye therapies or supportive care in order to heal and strengthen the eye. Yet, in the case of a coloboma, or hole, that leaves your cat’s eyes exposed to germs and foreign objects, it could require extensive surgery to repair.
It’s important to remember that many eye problems look alike in cats and a physical examination from the veterinarian is vital to get an accurate diagnosis. While eye infections are common in the cat, other diseases such as glaucoma, foreign bodies or anatomic defects may look similar to the untrained eye. If your cat is showing any signs of discomfort, don’t treat him or her with leftover antibiotics from another feline before calling the vet: you may be wasting precious time missing the right diagnosis.
Before using B.N.P. Triple Antibiotic Ophthalmic Ointment, tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given other eye ointments or eye medications. Sensitivity is rare, however if a reaction occurs, discontinue use. As with any antibiotic preparation, prolonged use may result in the overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms, including fungi. Appropriate measures should be taken if this occurs. If infection does not respond to treatment in two or three days, the diagnosis and therapy should be re-evaluated. If your pet has swelling of the face or itching, or appears to have difficulty breathing, contact your veterinarian immediately. Care should be taken not to contaminate the applicator tip of the tube during application. Do not allow the applicator tip to come in contact with any tissue. Do not use this product as a pre-surgical ocular lubricant. Adverse reactions of ocular irritation and corneal ulceration have been reported in association with such use. Serious hypersensitivity (anaphylactic) reactions have been reported in cats within 4 hours of application of antibiotic ophthalmic preparations. Some of these reactions have resulted in death. Another major difference between feline colds and our colds is the frequent accompaniment of red, runny eyes with your cat’s cold. This is a very common occurrence and may require antibiotic ointment or drops in your cat’s eyes in addition to an oral antibiotic for the infection in the nose. Your cat’s eyes can become very red and swollen and can even develop ulcers on the cornea. B.N.P. Triple Antibiotic Ophthalmic is FDA-approved for veterinary use in dogs and cats. It is a prescription medication available as a sterile eye ointment. The sterile ointment is usually applied as a thin film to the eye 3 or 4 times a day. It is used in the treatment of superficial bacterial infections of the eyelid and conjunctiva in dogs and cats when due to organisms susceptible to the antibiotics contained in the ointment. Laboratory tests should be conducted including in vitro culturing and susceptibility tests on samples collected prior to treatment. Contact your veterinarian if your pet's symptoms begin to get worse or if you do not see any improvement to your pet's condition after a few days. Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including eyes and hands. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.Another topical antibiotic ointment prescribed for treatinginfections and symptoms related to feline conjunctivitis. Thispetroleum-based medication contains the antibiotics Polymyxin B andOxytetracycline, which work by killing off infection-causing bacteria. is often recommended to treat mild cases of bacterial eyeinfections in cats.