I find it a bit odd that a vet would recommend a "home remedy" without a check of the ear - due to the fact the ear drum may be ruptured and there's no way to tell on the 'net...??
But - Vetericyn isn't toxic like many other things would be, and it's not stinging like vinegar would be. It's really quite safe for use in dog's ears and non-painful/stinging. It heals like nothing else including "home remedies" we've tried in rescue.
Vetericyn - Wound and Infection Treatment - Broad Spectrum Antimicrobial
Q. Can you give some examples of typical wound/infection healing with Vetericyn?
1) Hot spots - The area was clipped and cleaned using the Vetericyn hydrogel. I have the clients spray the affected skin 2-3 times daily, gently wipe off with a gauze pad and reapply. Based on cytology, I treat the infection(s) with an oral antibiotic / anti-yeast, and give a short course of corticosteroids for the pruritis. I have not used Vetericyn as a sole treatment for hotspots.
2) Otitis externa - A very large dog (115 lbs) who originally presented for a secondary yeast infection (cytology) on a Friday. I sent ear cleaner and Otomax ointment. The owner called the following Tuesday to say that when she cleaned the ears she was now getting a thin ropy brownish material from both ears and the dog was very pruritic (itchy).
On recheck, it was predominately gram negative (sent off for culture and was Proteus mirabilis, resistant to almost everything but Baytril - the owner about passed out at the cost of Baytril or Zeniquin.). The owner wasn't able to clean the sore ears at home so I boarded the dog and cleaned the ears (filled the ear canals with Vetericyn solution, placed a cotton ball in the opening and rubbed vigorously) twice daily, followed by Otomax ointment. Within 4 days , the dog was doing much better and I sent home to continue treatment for the next 2 weeks.
I have treated several cases of yeast and bacterial otitis externa and have found that Vetericyn alone is not very effective as a sole agent and still send either Otomax or Tresaderm to use after cleaning. The nice thing is that Vetericyn does not irritate a sore ear and is safe even if the tympanic membrane is ruptured.
3) Hit by Car - This s not a labeled use of the product. I had a hit by car Belgian Malinois who had a radial ulna compound fracture with gravel, dirt and God knows what else in the wound. After clipping and cleaning, I sprayed the exposed bone down with the Vetericyn solution (also started on Cefazolin). Repaired the fracture and had no complications with infections.
Thank you, Dr. Cerny for sharing your comments and experiences using Vetericyn VF.