Liquid Chlor with Squalane for Dogs
General Drug Information and Indications
How to Give this Medication
Liquid chlor with squalane is a combination product that is used to treat dogs with bacterial infections of the outer portion of the ear (otitis externa). Liquid chlor with squalane contains an antibiotic (chloramphenicol), a corticosteroid (prednisolone), a local anesthetic (tetracaine) and squalane. The chloramphenicol is for the bacterial infection; the prednisolone helps decrease the inflammation; the tetracaine numbs the ear canal to decrease any pain; and the squalane is useful for softening and dissolving wax and debris in the external ear canal. Liquid chlor does not have an antifungal drug so it is not used to treat yeast or fungal infections. Like many other drugs in veterinary medicine, this drug is not FDA approved for use in animals and is not available from a veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturer. Instead, it is compounded by a specialty pharmacy.
Give this medication to your pet exactly as your veterinarian prescribes. If you miss giving your pet a dose of Liquid chlor with squalane, give the next dose as soon as you remember or, if it is close to the next scheduled dose, return to the regular schedule. Do not double dose to catch up.
Avoid contact with the medication when administering to your pet. Wash your hands thoroughly and immediately after giving your pet this medication.
Be sure to discuss any side effects with your veterinarian immediately.
Some animals are sensitive to topical anesthetics, such as tetracaine. Be sure to tell your veterinarian if the medication is not working or seems to make the problem worse.
Keep this and all drugs out of reach of children. Liquid chlor with squalane is a prescription drug and should be used according to your veterinarian’s directions. It should only be used on the animal for which it was prescribed. Do not use this medication on a person.
This product should not be used in animals with a ruptured eardrum. Your veterinarian will look in your dog’s ear to evaluate the eardrum.
Be sure to review with your veterinarian any medications or supplements your dog may be receiving.
Corticosteroids applied into the ear are also absorbed into the bloodstream . This could be significant in pets that are also receiving corticosteroids by mouth or injection.
If you suspect your pet or another animal was overdosed accidentally or has eaten this medication inadvertently, contact your veterinarian or the A.S.P.C.A.’s Animal Poison Control Center
at 888.426.4435. Always bring the prescription container with you when you take your pet for treatment.
If you or someone else has accidentally ingested this medication call the National Capital Poison Center
Different strengths or dosage forms of liquid chlor with squalane may have different storage requirements. Read the labeling or ask your pharmacist for the storage requirements of the prescription you receive.
About the Author
Dr. Barbara Forney is a veterinary practitioner in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She has a master's degree in animal science from the University of Delaware and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982.
She began to develop her interest in client education and medical writing in 1997. Recent publications include portions of The Pill Book Guide to Medication for Your Dog and Cat, and most recently Understanding Equine Medications published by the Bloodhorse.
Dr. Forney is an FEI veterinarian and an active member of the AAEP, AVMA, and AMWA.
You can purchase books by Dr. Forney at www.exclusivelyequine.com
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