What Is Quadritop Ointment?

By Mary Lougee

Quadritop ointment, for cats and dogs, is a combination medication that serves four purposes with four active ingredients. Quadritop has an anti-inflammatory steroid, an itch reliever, an anti-fungal antibiotic and an anti-bacterial component. Together in one suspension, they make Quadritop an all-in-one application for serious skin disorders and infections. Other ointments that include the same products are Panolog and Animax.

Quadritop Active Ingredients

Quadritop ointment contains triamcinolone acetonide, a corticosteroid that works as an anti-inflammatory -- it reduces swelling and pain associated with skin diseases, allowing lesions to heal.

Neomycin sulfate is an antipururitic drug; it relieves intense itching so a pet stops scratching the skin -- therefore limiting risk of secondary infections that are fungal or bacterial.

Nystatin is an antifungal antibiotic to treat yeast infections of the skin. When combined with the thiostrepton in Quadritop, it helps to heal yeast and bacterial infections of the skin.

Indications for Use

Quadritop treats several types of skin infections, including cysts between the toes of dogs and cats, and canine anal gland infections. Vets commonly prescribe Quadritop for skin disorders with inflammation and for dermatitis accompanied by secondary infections. Atopic skin dermatitis caused by contact allergies, seborrhea, eczema or parasite infections is treated with Quadritop ointment.

Application Directions

Follow your veterinarian's instructions on how often to apply Quadritop ointment, as dosage can vary greatly from once a week to up to three times a day depending on the severity of a pet's condition. Always wear gloves and clean your pet's skin thoroughly to remove crusty discharges, then apply the ointment in a thin film to the affected area. Gloves protect your hands from possible contamination of your dog's skin disorder.

Drain anal glands and cysts, and fill them with ointment to treat the glands internally.

Clean your pet's ears before applying Quadritop ointment, in the amount instructed by your veterinarian, and massage the bases of the ears to distribute the ointment.

Warnings and Precautions

Observe your pet closely for sensitivities to any of the four active ingredients in Quadritop. Monitor your pet's intake and output of water, and report any changes to your veterinarian. Polydipsia is excessive thirst; polyuria is excessive output of urine from drinking more water than normal.

If the area of application remains red and swollen or appears to be getting worse, call your veterinarian. Some pets are allergic to neomycin.

Animals should never ingest Quadritop. Quadritop is not for use in the eyes as an ophthalmic treatment.