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Otomax is an ear ointment used in dogs by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian to treat acute and chronic ear infections caused by yeast and/or bacteria susceptible to gentamicin.
Otomax ointment is used in the ears of dogs only.
Otomax ointment is available in 7.5 gram and 15 gram tubes. It is also available in 15 gram, 30 gram, and 215 gram plastic bottles.
Follow the instructions that come with your dog's Otomax ointment prescription. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist about any questions or concerns you may have.
Before administering Otomax ointment, clean and dry your dog's external ear. Inspect and remove any foreign materials or debri using appropriate non-irritating solutions. Clip any hair away from the treatment area. Make sure your dog's eardrum is intact. This will prevent damage to the cochlea or vestibular apparatus and prevent a middle ear infection from developing.
If using the 7.5 gram or 15 gram tube, or the 15 gram or 30 gram bottle, place 4 drops of Otomax ointment into your dog's ear canal two times a day. If using the 215 gram bottle, place 2 drops into your dog's ear canal two times a day. To make sure your dog receives the appropriate dose of medication, massage your dog's external ear canal. Continue treatment for 7 days.
If using the 7.5 gram or 15 gram tube, or the 15 gram or 30 gram bottle, place 8 drops of Otomax ointment into your dog's ear canal two times a day. If using the 215 gram bottle, place 4 drops into your dog's ear canal two times a day. To make sure your dog receives the appropriate dose of medication, massage your dog's external ear canal. Continue treatment for 7 days.
Do not use Otomax ointment if your dog is allergic to any of its ingredients. If your dog has a reaction to Otomax ointment, stop using it and contact your veterinarian.
Do not use Otomax ointment with other medications that can cause hearing damage.
Do not use Otomax ointment if your dog has perforated eardrums.
Otomax ointment may be associated with side effects such as elevated SAP and SGPT enzymes, hearing problems, kidney problems, weight loss, thirst, production of large amounts of urine, diarrhea (may be blood), vomiting, and skin redness, irritation, blistering, stinging, peeling, swelling, itching, or pain. These are not all the possible side effects that can occur during your dog's treatment with Otomax ointment. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog develops side effects that concern you or won't go away.
With a valid prescription from your veterinarian, you can buy Otomax ointment for your dog online at a competitive cost at Canada Pharmacy.
Otomax Product Label. Madison, NJ: Merck Animal Health; 2017.