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Topical ophthalmic proparacaine can also be applied to small wounds for quick pain control.

Topical ophthalmic proparacaine can also be applied to small wounds for quick pain control. I have found it works well to relieve the pain of hot spots, torn nails, ear infections, and other painful injuries that need to be cleaned. I apply a few drops on the wound—enough to cover it—or, alternatively, soak some gauze in the solution and lay the gauze on the wound. I wait about a minute, and then proceed with treatment. I find that the animal is in less pain, and it makes cleaning and examining the patient much easier.

Dr. Mark Reser

Oklahoma City, Okla.

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