Can I Give My Dog Neosporin?

Can I Give My Dog Neosporin?Neosporin can be very beneficial for dogs. This topical antibiotic speeds up healing of minor cuts, wounds, scratches and scrapes. It also prevents infections, but it is safe enough for pets?

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The concern is your dog may lick or ingest Neosporin. The saying “lick your wounds” comes from the propensity of canines to do just that. This ointment shouldn’t be licked so it’s not really pet-friendly.

Vets, when treating dogs for injuries, use gels that are similar to Neosporin. These similarly disinfect and advance healing, but wounded areas are also covered up to prevent harmful ingestion.

Can You Put Neosporin on Your Dog? Answer: Yes, but there’s a safer option

We’ll be recommending an alternative that’s much more appropriate than Bacitracin.

If using Neosporin, prevent your dog’s tongue from reaching the affected area. Dogs have a tendency to lick at their cuts and wounds. K9 consumption of Neosporin can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting and/or loss of appetite. This is one reason why pets sometimes require those funny looking cones around their heads.

Licking at Neosporin really is problematic and should be avoided. You don’t want your dog to get sick.

A Neosporin Alternative

Thankfully, an excellent pet alternative to Neosporin has been developed. Vetericyn Wound & Skin Care spray solution is completely safe if licked or even swallowed.

This way, if your buddy’s mouth gets near the treatment, they won’t have a bad experience or worse. In extreme cases, the liver and kidneys can be harmed if a lot of Neosporin is ingested.

Interestingly, without ointment, dogs can and should lick at their wounds. Enzymes in the saliva help recoveries!

Canine Cuts & Scrapes

Superficial wounds, cuts and scrapes usually heal on their own. Clean them up anyway to prevent an infection. Do not apply Neosporin to your dog’s injuries if the gel will be lickable.

You may not notice small abrasions unless they’re bleeding. If your dog is giving a specific area on their body lots of attention, do an inspection. In any case, Bacitracin is often unnecessary.

Treating Deep Wounds

Take your dog to a vet if they have a serious wound. Fido may require stitches or, at least, proper dressing (bandaging) for their injury. Neosporin, even when responsibly used, can only do so much.

Compression, or a tourniquet, to contain bleeding may be needed. Excessive blood loss is an obvious sign that you need professional help!

Neosporin, a popular over-the-counter gel-form antibiotic, won’t do much for your dog during such a crucial time. In fact, it could be dangerous if enough is consumed.

Healing is Usually Fast

Dogs tend to heal more quickly than people. Superficial cuts, scratches or scrapes typically aren’t a big deal. It’s us humans that take awhile to heal by comparison, even with Vaseline or Bacitracin.

When your dog is injured, it’s natural to be proactive. Unfortunately, Neosporin could make matters worse. On the other hand, sometimes ointments make sense for alleviating aches and pains.

Conclusion on Neosporin

Avoid a possibility that your dog could digest Neosporin ointment. Licking is the concern. Get a safer alternative to Neosporin. Dogs with serious wounds should be attended to by a vet. Only minor injuries can be treated with antibiotic gels or creams such as Neosporin.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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