Can You Put Neosporin on a Dog?
- March 02, 2020
- Ally Cohen
Is it OK to use Neosporin on dogs?
Neosporin, also called triple antibiotic ointment, is safe to use on dogs in small amounts for minor cuts and scrapes. Follow the instructions on the package and keep your dog from licking the area where it is applied for at least 15 minutes. Once the ointment has been absorbed into the body there isn’t a serious danger to pets, although the oily base can cause an upset stomach.
Neosporin can be used topically to treat minor cuts and scrapes in dogs, just like in humans. However, it is best to check with your veterinarian before using any over-the-counter medication intended for humans on your dog. Neosporin should never be used in the ears, eyes, or mouth.
What happens if a dog licks Neosporin?
If your pet licks it off shortly after it’s been applied, Neosporin can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It’s also important to realize that some dogs might have an allergic reaction to Neosporin or one of its active ingredients.
Can You Use Neosporin on Your Dog?
Generally speaking, Neosporin on dogs is safe. While Neosporin is considered ok for minor cuts and scrapes, it is not the best treatment option. Neosporin’s website also states, “we can’t recommend using these products on animals.”1 There are several products that have been formulated specifically for dogs. These products will be more dog-friendly than human triple antibiotic.
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