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Does Remend® Corneal Repair Gel have an expiration date?

Yes. The expiration date is on each bottle. Remend® Corneal Repair Gel should be stored at room temperature, away from a heat source. If stored in a refrigerator, the product should be allowed to warm to room temperature prior to use. The product should not be frozen.

Warnings: For animal use only. Not to be used as a sole therapy for superficial corneal ulcers; does not contain an antibiotic.

How often must Remend® Corneal Repair Gel be applied?

Drops should be applied a minimum of 2 times each day, or as directed by a veterinarian until resolution.

Warnings: For animal use only. Not to be used as a sole therapy for superficial corneal ulcers; does not contain an antibiotic.

How is Remend® Corneal Repair Gel applied?

Hands should be washed prior to application to ensure cleanliness. Place 1 to 2 drops directly on the affected eye. Do not touch the tip of the bottle to the eye. The natural movement of the eyelid will distribute the gel over the eye surface. To avoid contamination, do not touch the tip of the container to any surface. Replace cap securely after using.

Warnings: For animal use only. Not to be used as a sole therapy for superficial corneal ulcers; does not contain an antibiotic.

Isn't hyaluronic acid just used as a joint lubricant?

While some types of hyaluronic acid are used to enhance lubrication in joints and for other purposes, Remend® Corneal Repair Gel is made up of a unique hyaluronic acid gel that has been specially modified to make it cross-linked, providing an environment conducive to cell movement supporting the natural wound healing process.1

Warnings: For animal use only. Not to be used as a sole therapy for superficial corneal ulcers; does not contain an antibiotic.

1Vanderhooft JL. (2009). Rheological properties of cross-linked hyaluronan-gelatin hydrogels for tissue engineering. Macromol Biosci. 9:20-28.

How does the advanced cross-linked hyaluronic acid technology in Remend® Corneal Repair Gel work?

Despite being clear, the cornea is not all that different from skin. It is made up of a surface layer of cells and supported by a matrix of specialized connective tissue underneath. These cells and corresponding matrix are neatly stacked so that they are clear. When an eye is scratched, a section of these cells are lost creating a gap or divot in the eye. The repair gel helps fill in this gap by providing a framework or scaffolding matrix for the healthy cells around the scratch to slide over and seal the defect. 

Warnings: For animal use only. Not to be used as a sole therapy for superficial corneal ulcers; does not contain an antibiotic.

What is Remend® Corneal Repair Gel?

Remend® Corneal Repair Gel is a topical eye drop that is used to assist in the treatment of superficial corneal ulcers. It utilizes hyaluronic acid that has been medically modified and cross-linked to help support the natural healing process of superficial corneal ulcers in dogs and cats. It is not meant to be used in place of antibiotics or pain control.

Warnings: For animal use only. Not to be used as a sole therapy for superficial corneal ulcers; does not contain an antibiotic.

What is hyaluronic acid (HA)?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance produced by the body that has many roles and functions. It can help support the natural wound healing process, provide lubrication for joints, and help with tissue hydration by holding water. It has been incorporated into many medical products and technologies for a variety of purposes, including cosmetics as well as skin, joint, and eye health.

Warnings: For animal use only. Not to be used as a sole therapy for superficial corneal ulcers; does not contain an antibiotic.

How are superficial corneal ulcers treated?

The mainstay of treating a superficial corneal ulcer is with topical antibiotic therapy in the form of eye drops and pain control. Additionally, there are also other products that can be used as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of superficial corneal ulcers that help the healing process and support the eye. Some of these options include utilizing the benefits of hyaluronic acid (HA).

Warnings: For animal use only. Not to be used as a sole therapy for superficial corneal ulcers; does not contain an antibiotic.

How is a superficial corneal ulcer diagnosed?

A superficial corneal ulcer is something that can only be diagnosed at the veterinarian’s office. If you think your pet is suffering from a superficial corneal ulcer, an urgent trip to the veterinarian is warranted as superficial corneal ulcers are painful and can permanently harm the eye if not addressed.

Warnings: For animal use only. Not to be used as a sole therapy for superficial corneal ulcers; does not contain an antibiotic.

What is a superficial corneal ulcer? What are the clinical signs?

A superficial corneal ulcer or corneal abrasion occurs when the outside layer of the eye (the clear cornea) encounters some sort of trauma, usually via a scratch. This occurs commonly in dogs and cats as they tend to poke their head in areas they are not supposed to. Pets that have a superficial corneal ulcer will typically be squinting or holding the eye shut. The eye may also appear red and have discharge. Ulcers are very painful.

Warnings: For animal use only. Not to be used as a sole therapy for superficial corneal ulcers; does not contain an antibiotic.

Can it be used in pregnant or nursing animals?

No safety studies have been done on the product in pregnant, lactating, or nursing animals. In these situations we recommend reaching out to your pet's veterinarian.

Warnings: For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and other animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a veterinarian immediately.

What are the storage requirements of the product? Can it be refrigerated or frozen?

The product should be stored at room temperature. 

No studies have been done on the product to evaluate the effect of refrigeration or freezing.

Warnings: For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and other animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a veterinarian immediately.

What are the sources of protein in the product that may be potential allergens?

The oil in Free Form™ is harvested primarily from anchovies and or sardines, a renewable fish source found in deep, cold ocean waters.

The capsule is formed from a pork based gelatin.

Warnings: For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and other animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a veterinarian immediately.

What is a free fatty acid?

Many Omega-3 fatty acid supplements come in a triglyceride form, which means the fatty acid molecules are bound to a glycerol backbone and must be removed by the body before absorption in the GI tract. But not Free Form™. The oil found in Free Form™ Omega-3 Fish Oil for Dogs undergoes a molecular distillation process that removes the glycerol backbone. This results in the fatty acids being freed without the need to be further broken down by the body, saving one step in the absorption process.

Warnings: For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and other animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a veterinarian immediately.

What makes Free Form™ different from other available fatty acids?

The Omega-3 fatty acids in Free Form™ Omega-3 Fish Oil for Dogs & Cats are concentrated. That means the formulation contains higher, more concentrated levels of EPA and DHA than found in some other forms of Omega-3 fatty acid supplements.8

The oil in Free Form™ is harvested primarily from anchovies, a renewable fish source found in deep, cold ocean waters.

Free Form™ Omega-3 Fish Oil for Dogs & Cats is tested for heavy metals, bacteria and fungi and the products contain no added sugar or starch.

Warnings: For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and other animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a veterinarian immediately.

8Reference on file. Bayer.

How can Free Form™ benefit my pet?

Research shows that Omega-3 fatty acids may help with cognitive function in dogs.1

Studies indicate that Omega-3 fatty acids may play a beneficial role in normal kidney2 health and cardiovascular3 health and may also help support joint healthand eye development.5

Research shows that Omega-3 fatty acids may help support a normal inflammatory response in the skin.6,7

Warnings: For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and other animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a veterinarian immediately.

 

1Kelley R, Lepine A. (2005). In: Proceedings, 30th World Congress of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association; 30-34.

2Brown SA, Brown CA, Crowell WA, et al. (1998). J Lab Clin Med. 131(5):447-455.

3Freeman LM, Rush JE, Kehayias JJ, et al. (1998). J Vet Intern Med. 12:440-448.

4Caterson B, Little CB, Cramp J, et al. (2005). In: Hill’s European Symposium on OSA and Joint Health; 14-18.

5Bauer J, et al. (2006). J Nutrition. 136:1991S-1994S.

6Logas D, Kunkle GA. (1994). Vet Dermatol. 15:99-104.

7Mueller RS, Fieseler KV, Fettman MJ, et al. (2004). J Sm Anim Prac. 45:293-297.

What are Omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of fat and are important in supporting many normal body functions in dogs and cats. Omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are found in Free Form™, are harvested primarily from anchovies.

Warnings: For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and other animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a veterinarian immediately.