Ice Ears

My littlest cutie is rather grumpy with her humans.  I mentioned that she has a double ear infection.  What I’m not sure I shared is that she was prescribed Tresaderm, which is supposed to be refrigerated.  Now, what drug-making genius created this?  Clearly, he has no dogs or children of his own – and yes, I’m pretty sure it had to be a man – because no parent of human or fur kids would stop developing said medicine before it was stable at room temperature.

After several days of wrangling – the sweetie DOES embody her breed’s legendary strength and tenacity – and skipping doses, the Knight growled through clinched teeth, “Call the vet.  There has to be something else that will work.”  Well, turns out no other drug will work, but one can leave the Tresaderm out, but then the medicine must be discarded at the end of the prescribed period.  I hate wasting medicine we might need again (the basset owners feel my pain), but frankly, it’s money well-spent.  (And yeah, we now have a few more days, since I had to confess that we weren’t managing 4 drops in each ear twice daily.)

Please be sure to visit Dogs on Thursday.   There’s  a great spotlight and you can also find the link there for the most up-to-date information on the peanut butter contamination which now includes some pet treats.

Happy little friday!

20 comments on “Ice Ears

  1. gaylen says:

    Seriously, seriously? There is nothing else they could give her? I have two different ear meds on the top of microwave (that’s just where the ear stuff lives) at all times. I routinely put some in Beau’s ears – daily in the summer when he swims! And that is not one of them. g

  2. Dianne says:

    Refrigerated medicine in her ears? No way. Poor little girl – I would fight anyone trying to do that to me, too! I agree with you, it has to be a man who came up with that stupid idea.

  3. Dawn says:

    Poor baby that has to hurt putting cold medicine in the ears! Shoot it wouldn’t feel good not having sore ears let alone having hurting ears. I agree some man did it!:) Give her a smooch from me!

  4. Mary says:

    How about transferring a portion of the medication into a sterile container and leaving it out of the refrigerator for daily use. That way you can leave the larger amount of medication in the fridge for future use. No waste.

  5. Bubblesknits says:

    Oh, poor thing! I imagine that was painful (for all of you!).

  6. Leslie says:

    I can hardly get the regular ear meds in my dog. I can’t imagine trying to get refrigerated ones in!

  7. Thanks for dose of doggie cuteness, I needed that this morning! Glad to know one can choose not to refrigerate, at least the portion one needs for any given day…Hope your baby is better soon.

  8. Tobi says:

    Great picture! What a cute lil’ doggie.

    Sorry to hear about all the ear med problems – I have bassets and I do feel your pain.

  9. Sue says:

    Cold drops in sore ears – ouch!!! We use maintenance drops monthly in winter and weekly in summer to keep ears dry and when we have had an infection we have an ointment and drops, but neither needs refrigeration.

    Hope those little ears heal quickly.

  10. Barbara says:

    Poor Gretchen! (Makes me think of putting in cold contacts. ICK!!!)
    Our animals all hate cold meds too. Well, Simon hates all meds for his ears, no matter what the temperature.

  11. Robin in VA says:

    You put cold drops in my ears I’d me “grumpy” too! Poor baby…

  12. Marjie says:

    We had enormous problems with ear mites with our Mastiffs when we had cats. No more kitty cats, even though I like them, because we don’t need ear problems. I can’t even imagine cold ear drops. When you have an earache, you want warm drops!

  13. Sue J. says:

    I agree that someone had his/her brain on hold when developing that medication. Reminds me of the ear infections our son used to get when little. That was a fight to the finish, and he usually won until ear tubes were inserted. She’s sooooo cute, playing with her toy.

  14. Vicki says:

    I think if the human(s) tried this medicine cold out of the fridge in their ears, they might have made an effort to make sure it could be given at room temp.

    BTW~ You doggie looks a lot like mine. Is your dog hyper? Everyone tells me that breed is famous for being hyper, but mine is as calm as a cat until someone knocks on the door, she wants you to throw her ball or an animal or sport comes on tv.

  15. Anita says:

    What a cute little munchkin Gretchie is!! I’m just amazed every time I see her how cute she is!! 🙂

    I hope those ears are doing better soon!!!! Smooches for her & Sissy from me.

  16. anniebananie says:

    Most definitely it was a man who developed that drug – and he should be strung up by his toes and refrigerated!

    I do hope that Gretchen gets with the program and starts to take her medicine. Poor Gretchen – poor Mommy and Daddy!!! I feel your pain…

  17. Nicki says:

    I love tresaderm, but I’m sure I could find an alternative if someone wanted a room temperature medication…

  18. nichole says:

    Poor baby girl… I certainly wouldn’t want anything coming out of the fridge and into MY ears! Someone may’ve said this already, but how about transferring a small amount to another container to leave out of the fridge?

  19. Kathy says:

    OH, too cold for my ears let alone poor little Gretchie. Give her extra hugs from the crew here:)

  20. Criquette says:

    What a little doll-baby Gretchen is! i’m sending her lots of XOXO’s – and some for her big sis as well!

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