Often, our pets suffer from infectious and inflammatory eye diseases. In such cases, the owners can treat the animal with medications intended to treat humans. One such remedy is Albucid. So is it possible to drip Albucid in cats eyes? Among the veterinarians and the owners of cats themselves there are different opinions on this subject, let's understand in more detail.
Albucid is an antimicrobial agent that penetrates the tissues and fluids of the eye. This drug is also called sodium sulfacyl. It is prescribed to people for the treatment of eye diseases, such as purulent conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, bacterial infections and other pathologies of the organs of vision.
Why Can't I Drop Albucid to Cats?
Any qualified veterinarian will give a definite answer: Albucid is strictly contraindicated in cats as a medicine! There are a number of objective reasons for this:
- The drug is intended for the treatment of human pathologies.
- A man and a cat have completely different physiological features of the structure of their organs of vision. For example, cats have a third eyelid, which provides the eye with additional protection, which cannot be said about the human eye. Due to the huge difference in the biological and anatomical devices of a person and a cat, it is completely unacceptable to use the same drugs for the treatment of two organisms that are not similar in structure.
- For the treatment of pets, special drugs have been developed that are in no way inferior in effectiveness to those that a person uses in treatment. It is strictly forbidden to drip Albucid in the cat’s eyes when alternative means for cats and dogs can be used, such as Dekta-2, Anandin, or Tsiprovet. These medications will quickly eliminate the inflammatory process in the pet and will not harm him. Do not forget that some drugs used by people can lead to the death of a pet!
- The components of the drop of Albucid cause a painful burning sensation in the cat’s eyes, since the eyes of the animal are more sensitive than that of humans. With this medicine, you can easily burn a cornea to a pet and, thereby, aggravate the position of a sick cat. The use of Albucid, even with a low content of the active component, can lead to an overdose and painful side effects, up to and including loss of vision.
- Often, some owners drip Albucid into the cat’s eyes, due to the availability and low cost of the medicine. Indeed, the price range of "human" drugs, such as, for example, chloramphenicol, is significantly lower than the "feline" counterparts. The desire to save money and the lack of time to visit a veterinarian can lead to sad consequences for the health of a pet. All warnings about the dangers of self-medication apply not only to the person himself, but also to our smaller brothers!
- Some owners of cats claim that the use of Albucid has no harmful effects on cat's eyes, especially if you use baby Albucid with a sparing content of the active substance. In children's drops of this drug, a ten percent concentration of the active ingredient is contained, so other breeders do not see anything wrong with burying the kitten's eyes with Albucid.
How to treat a pet - you decide! However, do not forget about one very important nuance.. It is impossible to accurately predict the reaction of the body of a pet to the use of funds intended for the treatment of humans. It is much safer to purchase special medicines for animals in specialized veterinary pharmacies.