So one day, your pet got himself in some sorts of trouble and has come back home with a small cut. And now, it is totally up to you to help him.
For many dog owners, skin, cut, burn and scratch issues are probably one of the most common and also annoying problems that they have to deal with every day. To make it simpler, there are a lot of books out there published to give them the best solution to those conditions, but in fact, most of them often forget an effective anti-bacterial product that could be really useful: Neosporin. So what is it and how could you use it for your dog? Keep reading this post to find more helpful information.
An overview on Neosporin
Neosporin is basically known as a common OTC triple antibiotic ointment, which means that it contains 3 antibiotic elements, including Polymyxin B, Neomycin, and Bacitracin. Since its introduction in the 1950s, the product has gradually become one of the best choices for people concerned with small injuries.
People often use this topical cream to prevent the growth and exacerbation of harmful bacteria in minor wounds such as itches, scabs, burns, abrasions, and cuts. Moreover, it is also able to speed up the process of healing in a broken skin and soothe the pain associated with these injuries.
Is it safe to put Neosporin on your dog?
The answer is yes and no, depending on the condition of the wounds. It is important to keep in mind that for both humans and dogs, Neosporin is basically not for the treatment of major wounds or deep cuts. Therefore, if your pet is heavily bleeding, a compressive bandage is probably a better option. And for minor injuries, the application of Neosporin is absolutely useful as it creates a protective barrier against harmful bacteria coming in the wound as well as provides anti-bacterial agents to prevent infection.
How much Neosporin should you use?
An important fact that you need to remember is that when it comes to minor injuries, a dog often heals much easier and faster than we do. This is the reason why superficial cuts or scrapes that dog receive often heal on their own rather than require additional medication. Therefore, it is best just to use Neosporin from 2 to 3 times each day until the wound of your dog gets healed.
I understand the feeling of a caring pet owner: It is hard not to be afraid when your beloved dog gets a cut or injured. However, panicking and using too much Neosporin to the wound would do no good. In this case, less is more.
What to do when a dog ate Neosporin
In most cases, the first reaction of your dog after the application of Neosporin is probably licking it off. However, dogs and Neosporin are not always a good mix.
To avoid this, you should discourage the pet by using a sock, T-shirt, or cone of shame (Elizabethan collar), depending on the location, to cover up the affected area. Moreover, do not choose products that contain zinc oxide such as diaper rash cream because it could be harmful to dogs if digested in large quantities.
Substitution for Neosporin
If the Neosporin is not a good option for your dog, there are still many great alternatives out there on the market. However, keep in mind to consult your vet or peruse the ingredients to avoid possible problems. Below is a list of some products that you could consider:
Is Neosporin safe for dog’s paws, ears, or eyes?
For example, what would you do after spotting several green mucus (the common sign of an infection) accumulating at the corner of your pet’s eye? Immediately apply a cotton ball with a plain saline solution first, instead of Neosporin because most of the infections in dogs’ eye are the results of trapped irritants under the eyelid or the eye’s corner. Using medicated cream or Neosporin just makes the situation worse.
When it comes to ear infections, these are generally caused by trapped water, the buildup of hair, or environmental allergens, including parasite bites or plant sensitivity. And similarly to the treatment of ear infections, you should be careful with the application of Neosporin. Dog owners have 2 perfect primers on caring canine ear, which do not involve any complex medication for humans.
Made up of adipose, keratin, and collagen, the paws on the bottom of the feet are not similar to the skin of your dog’s body. If these parts get wounded, first you should find out the underlying causes before deciding to use Neosporin or not.
To sum up, the safety of using Neosporin on dogs is not always a simple answer. This product could help your pet with minor injuries, but it might also cause some problems. Therefore, you should consult a professional veterinarian to get the best advice on applying Neosporin or ask for other safer alternatives if necessary.
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