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Terramycin ointment-out of stock/backordered

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by toletiquesbysam, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Nebraska
    I can't find Terramycin ointment for my kittens eyes. Every website says out of stock/backordered, I'm wondering why this is.
    The tractor supply here does have terramycin tablets but I don't know if those will work and how I'd give them! I have been using neosporin and just when I think I've got them done, their eyes shut again. They were born 5/1 and they have teary eyes or mucus buildup when they have issues, and I wash them with a damp cloth and they reopen.




    ****Decided to take the momma & kittens to the vet, I'm sure they can help fix them up quicker than I can order something in***
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2010
  2. protodon

    protodon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Order from ebay. I just got some a few months ago for one of my goats. I ran into the same problem. Someone ships it from Turkey. Pfizer makes it and i assume manufactures it in Turkey but I have no idea why they stopped selling it in the States.
     
  3. cmjust0

    cmjust0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    Central KY
    I can't find it anywhere either...it's just not out there anymore. I've yet to find a reason why it's no longer available, but all the major catalog store (jeffers, valley, kv, foster/smith, etc) list it as backordered or out of stock. None of the other local farm and feed stores have it either.

    Terramycin ophthalmic is just GONE.

    I haven't found an alternate OTC ointment, either.. I've considered neosporin before, but if you read the label on neosporin is says specifically NOT to use it in eyes..


    So...in the meantime...what we've been using is called "NFZ Puffer".. It contains an antibacterial agent called nitrofurazone, and it literally comes in a powder form that you "puff" (and by puff, I mean shoot a stream of powder) directly into the animal's opened eye. I know, right? .... [​IMG]

    I'd imagine it's pretty rough at first, but it's highly soluble. As the animal produces tears -- a pretty natural reaction to having your eye pried open and shot full of powder, I reckon -- the tears dissolve the powder and distribute the antibacterial medication all around the eye.

    You'll find it in the livestock section of TSC...because that's what most folks use it on...though it's actually labeled for dogs and cats...but not livestock...even though it's sorta designed to be practical in working livestock...and despite the fact that most folks probably can't even fathom the idea of shooting a stream of powder into their puppy's or kittie's eye..

    I know...it makes no sense to me either.. [​IMG]

    But I'd imagine that if you didn't want to puff it straight in their eye, you could always mix a little powder with some distilled water and make some impromptu antibacterial eye drops.. Since it's labeled for use in cats' and dogs' eyes, should be safe enough..

    Just a thought. Hope your kittie gets straightened up. [​IMG]
     
  4. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lots of goat people use it for eye wounds, and I'm sure for other animals besides goats too. Just make sure to get the kind with no steroid if there might be any kind of abrasion.
     
  5. cmjust0

    cmjust0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    Central KY
    Yeah, I've seen references to folks using it in eyes, and I'm certainly no stranger to going off-label with meds....but, for some reason, I tend to balk when it comes to going directly against-label. [​IMG]

    Plus...there's NFZ. [​IMG]
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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  7. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    I use the puffer when I'm out of the terramycin. I prefer the terramycin though. It seems to work better and is easier to use. I wonder what happened to cause a shortage?
     
  8. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had no trouble getting Neomycin made by Fougera from the vet. The tube says Neomycin and Polymyxin B sulfates and bacitracin zinc ophthalmic ointment.
     
  9. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, the Neosporin and generic Triplie Antibiotic ointments contain the exact same ingredients as the Neomycin ksalvagno mentioned. And Neosporin is labeled for humans, so I'm sure they don't want humans using it to treat eye wounds when they should be seeing a doctor. [​IMG]
     
  10. Rin

    Rin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, the Neosporin and generic Triplie Antibiotic ointments contain the exact same ingredients as the Neomycin ksalvagno mentioned. And Neosporin is labeled for humans, so I'm sure they don't want humans using it to treat eye wounds when they should be seeing a doctor. [​IMG]

    Exactly. A lot of labels on human meds are geared at "what can we put on here so we can't possibly ever be sued..." Sometimes you can go directly against labels even for human use - but only if you know what you're doing. The labels are for those that do not.
     

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