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Guide to Using Tobramycin Ophthalmic Solution

Using this Ophthalmic Medication to Treat Dog and Cat Eye Infections

By Team PetCareRx. May 22, 2013

Tobramycin - Ophthalmic Solution

indications for Tobramycin Ophthalmic Solution

Tobramycin Ophthalic Solution is an ophthalmic antibiotic used in veterinary medication in the treatment of bacterial infections affecting eyes. The medication belongs to aminoglycosides class of drugs. In certain other cases the medication also finds use in controlling bacteria caused by respiratory infections, bite wound or injury-borne infections, and also those affecting the skin and ear of animals. Tobramycin, the active ingredient used in the medication possesses active antibiotic properties, which when administered restricts bacterial growth by delaying the protein synthesis. Though the drug is not approved for use in animals, most veterinarians have agreed to use the medication on dogs. However, tobramycin is a prescription drug and is available in various ophthalmic preparations as injectable solution, suspension as well as ointment.


Animals with known reactions to the drug must not be treated with the medication. Do not use the medication in dehydrated animals as well as in those suffering from inner organ complications. Prolonged use of medication can cause damage to kidney in certain animals. Tobramycin has a tendency to react with certain combination of medications. Above all, it is important to strictly follow the prescribed dosage, as medication overdose can paralyze the animal.


Use the medication only by prior consent from a veterinarian. The usual suggested dosage of the medication is 1 mg/lbs in a gap of 8 hours. The dosage administration can be by intravenous, intramuscular or subcutaneous.

Side Effects

Aminoglycosides, the class of drugs tobramycin belongs to is always with its share of side effects. Drugs falling under this category are ototoxic to animals that can impair hearing or cause loss of balance in animals. The medication can cause the usual reddening and irritation in animals. Kidney dysfunction is another side effect seen in certain animals using the medication for a prolonged period.

Brand/Generic equivalents

Tobarex, Tobrex, Tomycine

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Tobramycin Ophthalmic Solution at a glance

  • 1For dogs and cats
  • 2An antibiotic
  • 3A topical medication
  • 4Treats bacterial eye and respiratory infections, bite wounds, and injury-borne infections
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