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Side Effects of Mometamax

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Rae Uddin has worked as a freelance writer and editor since 2004. She specializes in scientific journalism and medical and technical writing. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Uddin earned her Master of Science in integrated biomedical sciences with an emphasis in molecular and cellular biochemistry from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Side Effects of Mometamax
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Mometamax is a veterinarian-prescribed medication used to treat inflammatory bacterial ear infections in dogs. This medication contains three active ingredients: gentamicin, an aminoglycoside antibiotic; clotrimazole, an antifungal medication; and betamethasone, a corticosteroid. Mometamax is administered as liquid drops into the infected ear as prescribed by a veterinarian.

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Balance or Hearing Problems

Dogs who receive Mometamax may experience temporary loss of hearing or balance difficulties as side effects of this medication, reports Doctors Foster and Smith Pharmacy. Affected dogs may appear unstable while walking around or may have difficulty playing fetch or their usual physical activities. Hearing difficulties may cause certain dogs to appear unresponsive to auditory commands provided by their owners. These side effects progressively subside with continued use of the medication.

Skin Irritation

Betamethasone, an active ingredient in Mometamax, may cause the skin within a dog's ear to appear unusually red or irritated, and the skin may flake, peel or itch, warns Dogs that develop severe skin reactions, such as blistering, following treatment with Mometamax should be taken to a veterinarian for further evaluation and care.

Upset Stomach or Increased Thirst or Urination

Improper ingestion of Mometamax can result in diarrhea or vomiting. Certain dogs may also exhibit increased thirst or may need to urinate more frequently than usual, notes Doctors Foster and Smith Pharmacy. These side effects may contribute to appetite or weight changes. If these side effects emerge, affected dogs should be examined by a veterinarian.

Hypersensitive Reaction

Infrequently, dogs treated with Mometamax develop a hypersensitive reaction to this medication, explains Allergic reaction side effects in dogs include hives, sudden diarrhea, seizures, cold limbs, pale gums, vomiting, facial swelling or increased itching. This type of reaction requires immediate medical intervention from a veterinarian. In the absence of appropriate treatment, a hypersensitive reaction may be life-threatening.

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