Dogs tend to be high energy and have a lively nature to them, which can result in bumps, cuts, and bruises. If your dog has a cut, scrape, or burn your first thought may be to reach for the Neosporin since it is used to treat humans. Rule of thumb – always consult your veterinarian before administering any medications to your pet. When it comes to Neosporin, other treatment options for cuts and infections are safer for your dog. Below is everything you need to know about dogs and Neosporin.
Can You Use Neosporin on Your Dog?
People often use Neosporin to treat various ailments, including cuts, scrapes, burns, etc.
Since Neosporin is safe for humans, people may think that it is safe for dogs as well. As stated earlier, ALWAYS consult your vet before giving your dog any medicine. This can prevent any accidents from happening and putting your dog’s health at risk. Neosporin is considered safe to use to treat minor cuts and scrapes. With your veterinarian’s permission and instructions, you can apply Neosporin on your dog. However, when administered to the dog’s skin, your dog can still lick it off if proper measures are not followed. Small doses of Neosporin are not considered dangerous, but preventative steps need to be taken so ingestion of Neosporin cannot occur.
What Happens If My Dog Ate Neosporin?
If your dog consumes a large amount of Neosporin, it can be toxic to them. Clinical signs of ingestion can range from mild to severe. Indications include:
● Excessive drooling
● Skin lesions
● Lack of appetite
If your dog ate the Neosporin tube, a blockage could occur in your dog’s digestive tract.
What Should I Do If My Dog Ate Neosporin?
If your dog has licked or ate Neosporin and is displaying symptoms, call Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 and your veterinarian for immediate medical assistance. Do not attempt to treat your dog yourself. A vet clinic visit may be necessary to treat your pup. Remember to always consult your veterinarian first before administering any medications to your dog and follow their instructions closely. When it comes to medications such as Neosporin, there are other alternative options that are pet-friendly so utilizing those would typically be a better choice.