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Medications

  • Doxycycline is a semi-synthetic tetracycline antibiotic used to treat infections. This medication has been prescribed for your pet to treat a bacterial infection.

  • Antibiotic ear drops are generally used to treat a bacterial ear infection, also known as bacterial otitis externa. Topical preparations are available as single medications or as combinations; common antibiotic preparations include neomycin, gentamicin, polymyxin B, enrofloxacin and silver sulfadiazine. These medications may also be combined with antifungal agents and/or corticosteroids.

  • Antifungal ear drops are generally used to treat a yeast infection that is known as Malassezia pachydermatis. Topical antifungal medications include miconazole, clotrimazole, nystatin and thiabendazole. These medications may be combined with corticosteroids, which are used to decrease inflammation.

  • Enalapril is an angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. This medication may be used to treat high blood pressure and to dilate the veins and decrease fluid retention in heart failure. This medication may be used for other conditions as prescribed by your veterinarian. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder. Over time, the heart and arteries may become damaged and not function correctly. This can lead to damage or malfunction of the brain, heart, and kidneys.

  • Enrofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. This medication has been prescribed for your pet to treat a bacterial infection. It may be prescribed to treat urinary tract, skin or respiratory tract infections.

  • Enrofloxacin otic (brand name Baytril® Otic) an antibacterial and antifungal agent used in the treatment of ear infections in dogs and cats. Its use in cats off label or extra-label. This medication should not be used in dogs that are allergic to quinolones or in young puppies. Hearing loss and transient vestibular disorders may occur in some pets. If your pet has trouble with balance, stop using the medication and contact your veterinarian. Some medications may interact with enrofloxacin so it is important to tell your veterinarian about any medications that your pet is taking.

  • Ephedrine is used to help control urinary incontinence (urine leakage) in dogs and cats. It may also be used to open up the air passages of the lungs and to relieve nasal congestion. Ephedrine is an alpha-receptor stimulant.

  • Famciclovir (brand name Famvir®) is an anti-viral medication used to treat feline herpesvirus (FHV-1). Famciclovir comes in tablet form; however your veterinarian may compound it into a liquid form. The usual side effects of famciclovir include decreased appetite and increased amounts of urine. Any side effects should be reported to your veterinarian.

  • Famotidine is a histamine-blocking agent. It helps reduce the amount of gastric acid secreted in the stomach. Famotidine has been used for treating or helping to manage gastric or duodenal ulcers. It has also been used to treat gastritis and reflux conditions.

  • Fenbendazole is a broad-spectrum de-wormer that is used to treat many of the intestinal parasites that affect pet animals.