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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I need to clean my lynx ears the canels are deep and build

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I need to clean my lynx ears the canels are deep and build up wax and he is constinatly shaking his head can I give him xanax to relax while I do it
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
my vet has cleaned his ears about a month ago, he told me his right ear has a very deep kind of ear canel and I need to put ear drops in his ear and try my best to clean them out. Puma is pretty good about letting me touch his ears but gets pretty up set when I try to clean them. Can I give him xanax to calm him when I want to get a good clean of his ears done
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Poor guy, he shakes and shakes his head, then scratches at them alittle. Not bad, they aren't bleeding or anything. It drives me crazy to watch him shake and shake his head because of his ears bothering him.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
when I do get the qtip in there, its crazy how much build up there is, I get a lot out, especially his right ear
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Yes, alprazolam (Xanax) dosed at 0.125-0.25 mg/cat 30-60 minutes before a stressful event can be useful. Adverse effects include sedation, behavior changes and paradoxical agitation. I haven't found the benzodiazepines such as alprazolam to be reliably effective for your purposes, however. Heavier tranquilization with Acepromazine or a dissociative drug such as the injectable dexmedetomidine (Dexdomitor) is usually necessary.
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