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what is the med simplicef 100 mg

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what is the med simplicef 100 mg
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr.Fiona replied 8 years ago.
Hi thereCustomer
Welcome to Just Answer! I would be happy to help you with this question, but need a bit more information in order to better assist you.

Is your dog on this medication?

Fiona
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
yes she is
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
she has a ear infection
Expert:  Dr.Fiona replied 8 years ago.
Hi again,
Simplicef 100 is an antibiotic. Each tablet contains 100mg of cefpodoxime proxetil which is a type of antiobiotic known as a cephalosporin (related to penicillin). It is relatively new, is used in veterinary medicine mostly to treat skin infections, and can be given just once a day. It is best to give it with a meal.

Here is more about it:
http://www.entirelypets.com/simplicef100mg.html
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/cefpodoxime-proxetil-simplicef/page1.aspx

If this answers your question, please click on accept and leave feedback. If you would like more information, just click on reply and I will be happy to provide it!

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.

Fiona

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
will it help her ear
Expert:  Dr.Fiona replied 8 years ago.
Well... probably not, unfortunately!

Let me explain...

Ear infections (otitis externa) are quite common, and floppy eared dogs are most often affected.

Otitis externa is commonly caused by yeast, bacteria or a combination of both. Quite often, the ear drops that I prescribe have a combination of anti-fungals to treat the yeast, anti-biotics to treat the bacteria and anti-inflammatories to decrease the pain and inflammation. The names of a couple of ear medications (drops) I commonly prescribe are Surolan and Otomax.

Oral antibiotics are rarely needed to treat ear infections, as the drug doesn't get to the site of the infection effectively. When you give an oral antibiotic, it ends up in the blood stream, and this is not helpful for treating ear infections which are on the skin surface within the ear. Occasionally I use oral antibiotics if there are signs of an INNER ear infection. This is rare. In 14 years of practice, I have given oral antibiotics for ear infections on less than a dozen occasions, and have treated several thousand ear infections.


In terms of what you can do at home without seeing a vet, I could make a few suggestions:

1. Burrow's Solution (Buro-sol, http://www.feelbest.com/Pages/ItemDetails.aspx?GroupID=EADRO&TYPE=FINE&LINKPAGE=ItemDetails.aspx&ID=05546000017 ). In Canada, you can get Burrow's Solution over the counter at a pharmacy. I believe it is widely available in the USA as well. It is a gentle astringent that is very useful in treating ear infections. Many veterinarians carry it, compounded with 2% hydrocortisone (for that you would need a prescription). But you could certainly try it twice daily for 7 days in your dog. Instill 3-5 drops into both ears twice daily for a week.

2. You could start your dog on Essential Fatty Acids, orally. These decrease inflammation in the body and are very helpful with skin, hair and ear issues. EFA-Z and DermCaps are a couple of brands. It takes 8 weeks to see improvement.
http://www.vetamerica.com/index.asp?PageAction=PRODSEARCH&txtSearch=Efa+Z+Plus+Liquid
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/derm-caps/page1.aspx


Here are some links about Otitis Externa that you might find useful:
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=632
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1591&articleid=273
http://www.sniksnak.com/doghealth/earinfections.html

Most ear infections need prescription drops to improve. This means a visit to your vet, I am afraid.

Good luck with your dog. If this has been helpful, please hit the green "Accept" button. I will still be here to provide more information if you need it!

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.

Fiona


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