Tresaderm®: A Powerful Solution for Pet Skin and Ear Infections

Welcome to Katten TrimSalon, where we care deeply about your furry friends. Today, we want to introduce you to Tresaderm®, a veterinarian-prescribed topical solution that effectively treats specific skin and ear infections in dogs and cats. With its unique combination of neomycin sulfate, dexamethasone, and thiabendazole, Tresaderm® is a trusted choice for fighting infections caused by susceptible strains of fungus and bacteria.

What is Tresaderm®?

Tresaderm® is a specially formulated medication designed to combat external ear and skin infections in dogs and cats. While it is FDA-approved for use in dogs and cats, it is often used off-label for ferrets to treat ear mites. Off-label use means that a medication can be prescribed by a veterinarian for a particular species or condition beyond what is specified on the label. However, this can only be done when the veterinarian has a comprehensive understanding of your pet’s needs and when there are no other suitable alternatives available.

How Tresaderm® Works

Tresaderm® is a three-pronged attack against ear infections, utilizing its three active ingredients:

  • Neomycin: A powerful antibacterial agent that effectively fights common bacteria that infect the ears and skin.
  • Thiabendazole: A broad-spectrum antifungal agent that targets yeast and fungal organisms.
  • Dexamethasone: A steroid that helps reduce inflammation in the ear canal and skin.

To ensure the safety of your pet, it is essential to have a veterinarian examine their eardrum before using Tresaderm® to avoid any potential damage to the inner ear.

Tresaderm® Directions

When using Tresaderm®, it is crucial to follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian or those on the drug label. Before applying the medication, make sure to clean and dry the external ear canal or the affected skin area thoroughly. The frequency and dosage of Tresaderm® will depend on the severity of the infection, the area being treated, and the size of your pet. Remember to exercise caution when applying the medication around the eyes and wash your hands afterward. It is recommended to use Tresaderm® for a period of no longer than one week.

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Missed a Dose?

If you accidentally forget to administer a dose of Tresaderm®, reach out to your veterinarian for guidance. In most cases, they will advise you to apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for the next scheduled dose, your veterinarian may recommend skipping the missed dose and resuming the normal dosing schedule. Extra or double doses should not be applied without veterinary instruction.

Tresaderm® Possible Side Effects

As with any medication, Tresaderm® may cause some side effects. The most common side effect is topical irritation at the application site, which may include redness, irritation, and discomfort. While rare, some dogs may experience an allergy to neomycin, resulting in similar symptoms. If you notice any side effects or if you have concerns, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Call Your Vet If:

  • Severe side effects are observed.
  • You suspect an overdose.
  • Your pet’s condition worsens or does not improve with treatment.
  • You have additional questions or concerns about the use of Tresaderm®.
  • You notice symptoms of a ruptured eardrum, such as loss of appetite, vomiting, hearing loss, severe ear pain, head tilt, or walking in circles.

Human Side Effects

It is important to note that Tresaderm® is intended for veterinary use only and should not be used on humans. In case of accidental ingestion, contact with the eyes, or skin irritation after applying the medication, seek immediate medical attention or contact the national Poison Control Center hotline at 800-222-1222.


While no specific monitoring is required for Tresaderm®, your veterinarian may recommend routine testing based on your pet’s individual needs, concurrent medications, and the underlying condition that led to the prescription of Tresaderm®.

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Tresaderm® Overdose Information

Although overdosing on Tresaderm® is uncommon, sensitivity or allergic reactions may occur. Signs of an overdose may include hearing loss, deafness, head tilt, circling, or other vestibular disease symptoms. In the event of an overdose or accidental ingestion, seek immediate veterinary care or contact an animal poison control center. Please note that consultation fees may apply.

Pet Poison Helpline: (855) 764-7661
ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

Tresaderm® Storage

To maintain the efficacy of Tresaderm®, it should be stored at controlled refrigerated temperatures between 36-46°F. As with all medications, keep Tresaderm® out of the reach of children and pets. Always review the label for specific storage requirements.

Tresaderm® FAQs

We understand that you may have more questions about Tresaderm®. If you would like further information or have any concerns specific to your pet, please reach out to our team at Katten TrimSalon. We are here to provide you with expert advice and ensure the health and well-being of your furry companions.

Visit Katten TrimSalon for more information about Tresaderm® and other trusted pet care solutions.

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