Topical gels serve as an alternative to giving medications by mouth. A small amount of gel containing medication is rubbed into the hairless area on the inside of the animal’s ear. The medication is absorbed through the skin and works in the same way if given orally. For pets who are not eating, have difficulty swallowing or otherwise refuse oral medications, transdermal drug delivery results in improved patient compliance and ease of use for pet owners. While we have had success with a number of drugs used topically, not all medications may be given by this route. Our pharmacists are available to assist in determining if a drug is suitable for transdermal delivery.