Dogs are considered to be one of the most loved animals in the world. In fact, dogs are the most common house pet all across the globe. Aside from their cute, cuddly and friendly appearance, dogs are also considered to be very loyal. This earned them the title, “Man’s Best Friend”. Unfortunately, dogs could also suffer from a lot of illness and diseases. They could even acquire illnesses that people usually have. But does this mean that they could also use treatments and medications that are designed for human use? Some of the most common health problems that dogs usually experience are skin cuts, abrasions and infections. So can I use Neosporin on my dogs?
What is Neosporin?
Before we discuss the appropriateness of this medication to a dog’s use, let us first discuss what is Neosporin? Neosporin comes from the Greek word Neo, which means “new” and Sporos, which means “seed”. This type of medication is a product brand and formula owned by Johnson & Johnson. This OTC or over the counter topical drug is created under the Warner-Lambert Consumer Healthcare and is now considered a part of Pfizer. This is a medication that is used in treating skin problems such as wounds and infection.
Originally, the ointment contained three main antibiotic substances namely bacitracin, neomycin and polymyxin B. These are then combined with other ingredients such as cottonseed oil, sodium pyruvate, cocoa butter, petroleum jelly or white petrolatum and tocopheryl acetate. This topical ointment is now used all over the world and is generically called as the Triple Antibiotic Ointment. However, many cases have already showed allergic reactions to one of the antibiotic components, namely the neomycin. Because of this, a Double Antibiotic Ointment is created and sold, that contains only the bacitracin and polymyxin B. This skin care treatment has already successfully treated many skin problems in humans.
Can we use Neosporin on dogs?
Neosporin is actually a very safe drug or ointment for skin cuts and wounds to use on dogs. Just like in humans, cuts and wound infections could also happen in our pets. This allows us to use medications such as Neosporin on dogs, or you can use a similar topical cream designed for animal use. However, it is important for us to know that Neosporin only targets wounds, cuts and infection. If the wounds are caused or induced by scabies or even lice infestation, whilst Neosporin can treat the wound, it is not effective in targeting the cause.
What can we do when our dogs have cuts and wounds?
In case our dogs suffer from any cuts or wounds, it is better for us to assess first the main culprit of the condition. This important knowledge is actually the best intervention in order to treat the problem fast and effectively. Knowing the underlying cause of the problem enables us to target the root problem. Nevertheless, if the cuts are caused by an infestation or skin disease then it is best to take the dog to the nearest vet in order for the proper medication to be given. The doctor will usually hand to us the right treatment in combating the main cause of the health problem. If the wounds are caused by other factors like sharp objects or through scratching and biting, then
Nevertheless, if the cuts are caused by an infestation or skin disease then it is best to take the dog to the nearest vet in order for the proper medication to be given. The doctor will usually hand to us the right treatment in combating the main cause of the health problem.
If the wounds are caused by other factors like sharp objects or through scratching and biting, then Neosporin, or a similar pet medication such as Zymox Pet Spray, can be used. The latter is a combination of 3 enzymes with hydrocortisone to reduce swelling and provide safe treatment for bacterial and fungal and viral infections of cats and dogs.
How can we ensure that fast healing and recovery is achieved through the use of Neosporin?
We all know that dogs love to scratch and nibble their body whenever they sense irritation and itching. However, this will prevent the wound from healing properly. Even if you put Neosporin on the wound, dogs can still try to bite and scratch the infected area. Because of this, the wound will take much longer to heal. Moreover, your dog may ingest some of the topical ointment, and this may be harmful. This is the reason why using Elizabethan or Cone Collars on dogs can be very useful in preventing the dog from scratching their wound.
Dogs do love to lick their cuts. This is actually a natural way for them to cure their skin condition; however, the saliva of dogs can also contain countless microorganisms that could cause the infection to worsen. This is why it is vital for us to prevent the dog from licking their bodies. This can help Neosporin hasten the wound healing process and eliminate the bacteria and other pathogens in the wound that can cause further skin complications.
If further skin complications are experienced by your dog, it is better to let your vet check the condition in order for the right intervention to be given. This will ensure safety and good health for our beloved pets and provide them with a more comfortable way of managing their current skin health situation.