Message Number: YG2624 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-17 06:29:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Yeast infection- medication question

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., elnrrgby1@a... wrote:
> Hello all,
> Just a quick question for the vets (or anyone else who can tell
> Otomax safe to use in a ferret with a mild/moderate yeast
infection? It is
> labeled for use in dogs only, but my vet has said he uses it in
> occassionally without problem. My main concern though was that I
found a
> warning at Ferret Central about using ear drops containing
betamethasone BP,
> neomycin BP and monosulifiram. The warning also said "It is
recommended to
> avoid using this medication for ear mites in ferrets, and to check
> medications for those ingredients". Otomax contains gentamicin
sulfate, USP;
> betamethasone valerate, USP; and clotrimazole, USP.

Dear Stacia,

My main concern with this preparation is in the use of gentamcin
sulfate in ferrets. Ferrrets are extremely susceptible to this
product, and it can be oto-toxic or nephrotoxic. I have no concerns
about the other ingredients.

I would ask you r vet if there is a reasonable substitute that does
not contain gentamicin. As yeasts are generally opportunists in a
chronic moist/dirty ear - daily cleaning of the ears with a
ceruminolytic astringent preparation followed by use of Tresaderm in
the ear should be effective in a mild yeast infection.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, DVM, DACVP
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