Using Cortisone on Dogs

Hydrocortisone cream is a miracle worker when your skin is itchy and inflamed. Dog’s skin can get irritated as well, so what are you supposed to give them to alleviate their discomfort? Thankfully hydrocortisone cream is used in both human and veterinary medicine. Always consult with your veterinarian before administering any medication to your pet and closely follow their instructions to avoid any mishaps.  

Why Use Hydrocortisone on Dogs? 

Generally, hydrocortisone cream is a safe treatment for dogs to help alleviate discomfort and treat symptoms. Your veterinarian will give you specific instructions for application. Follow these closely and do not let your dog ingest the cream. Hydrocortisone cream can help treat and alleviate symptoms of dogs with the following skin problems:  

  • Rashes 
  • Skin allergies
  • Bug bites 
  • Hot spots 
  • Inflammatory skin diseases 
  • Ear infections 

Potential Side Effects 

If your dog is licking the affected area after you applied the cream, they may experience mild side effects. Symptoms of ingestion can include panting, pacing, and increased hunger/thirst. If you’ve applied a cream that is not dog-safe it may contain harmful ingredients. Signs of toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, abdomen pain, and black tarry stool. If your dog has ingested the cream and you’re unsure if it’s harmful or not, contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for professional medical advice.  

What Should I Do If Hydrocortisone Is Not Helping? 

Hydrocortisone cream is a short-term solution and will not fix the root of the problem. See your veterinarian if your dog’s skin is red and inflamed, so they can evaluate your dog and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Dog-friendly cortisone cream is used to help alleviate any discomfort your pup experiences. If you have further questions or concerns about your dog’s skin problems or hydrocortisone cream, give the experts at Pet Poison Helpline a call today!