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.