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    I had Molly at the vet today for a check up & her booster. I mentioned that when I cleaned her ears, her left ear had a little gunk in it. The vet said her ear was a little red. The vet gave me Otomax. It is like an ointment type otic medicine. She said to put it in her ear & then gently rub it. Someone posted in lab chat that a vet tech told her it could damage the eardrum & cause deafness. So I need to see if anyone has used this ear medicine.
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    DefaultRe: Question about Otomax.

    Georgie,
    Otomax works ok for yeast and ear problems but I much prefer Oticalm just for cleanings or Laura's purple power solution. I have been using the purple power for 4 years now and don't see any reason to purchase anything for yeast or daily cleanings like I used too.
    IMO otimax is too thick to get down into the ear well enough to really get to the source of the problem.

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    Thanks Kris. I was just worried when I saw that it could damge the eardrum. I have never used an oinmtent, also drops. Since the ear was a little red...I wonder if I should keep using it. Always somethiong to worry about. :

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    DefaultRe: Question about Otomax.

    I have used it, I've never heard about it causing ear problems. I know the one we have has a long tube, I suppose if you could puncture the eardrum with it. A lab does not have a straight ear canal like a human so its harder to actually get to the eardrum

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    DefaultRe: Question about Otomax.

    Thanks Eric. Yes, there is a long red tube on it. I usually get drops. I will use it because I don't want the redness to get worse. It is only 5 to 7 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgie
    Thanks Eric. Yes, there is a long red tube on it. I usually get drops. I will use it because I don't want the redness to get worse. It is only 5 to 7 days.
    I am curious.. was this a recent post you saw about the eardrum thing? I trust my vet.. and I'm pretty sure you trust yours... I trust they would not give us anything that would do more harm than good

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    Eric, I posted about Molly's vet visit today & someone said it could rupture the eradrum & cause hearing loss & deafness. I looked it up on the internet & one of the side effects WAS hearing loss in geriatric dogs. Since this is an ointment, I would think it would be okay. Molly isn't geriatric yet.

    I am a nurse & I know gentimicin, which is in Otomax, is ototoxic to humans. But I don't think the dose is that large in Otomax & I really don't want her ear to get worse.

    Thank you so much for you input.

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    Well I just had to look at this a litte deeper this morning... and the the otomax ointment does come with a warning...

    "Use Of Otomax Ointment Has Been Associated With Deafness Or Partial Hearing Loss In A Small Number Of Sensitive Dogs (eg, Geriatric). The Hearing Deficit Is Usually Temporary"

    A google search provided some stories of geriatric dogs who lost hearing.

    From what i read on the internet and you have to take that for waht it is, hearing loss in rare and permanent loss is very rare

    I was aware of the gentamicin and hearing loss thing, but was unaware it was in otomax. As I said I've used it a few times and did not have any problems, however I think we will look to other options the next time around.


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    Never heard that, and I've used Otomax for years. In fact, I just sent the ex-husband to pick up some for one of his dogs that has inflammed ears. I never use it unless the ears get to that point...being red and inflamed. Hope your sweet girl is on the mend soon, too!

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