Erythromycin Eye Ointment for Cats


If your cat has a bacterial eye infection, your veterinarian may prescribe erythromycin antibiotic ointment. The ointment comes in a 3.5 gram tube, which allows for easy placement of the ointment onto your cat's eye.

Ingredients and Uses

Erythromycin eye ointment works on bacterial infections as opposed to fungal or viral inflammations. It's composed of a group of closely related antibiotics known as macrolides. Erythromycin A is the primary ingredient, but also contains B, C, D and E forms of the antibiotic. Nonactive ingredients in this product are mineral oil and petroleum jelly. Feline chlamydial conjunctivitis is one common bacterial eye condition that responds well to this drug.

Using Erythromycin

Wash your hands thoroughly before administering erythromycin ointment to your cat. Sit your cat on your lap or position her on a table with her back against a wall or other object where she can't pull away. Wipe any debris away from your cat's eyes before you start. Cup her chin in your hand between your fingers and thumb. Gently use either your finger or thumb to pull down the bottom of her eyelid. Gently squeeze out a length of about 1 centimeter of ointment into her lower lid, going from the center of her eye toward her outer eye. Avoid touching the tip to her eye to prevent injury or contamination. Close her eye and rub gently over her eye area with your fingers to spread the ointment around. Use a clean cloth to wipe off any excess ointment and recap the tube.

Side Effects and Contraindications

Tell your vet if your cat is hypersensitive to preservatives or dyes as this medication could cause an allergic reaction in your pet. Common side effects include a slight burning sensation when the medicine first goes into the eye. The petroleum jelly base spreading across the eye ball may cause blurring. If your cat seems sensitive to light after using this product, or she has red eyes that she frequently rubs, call your veterinarian.

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