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Can Neosporin be used on a dog?

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Can I use Neosporin on my dog or is there a better way to heal a cut?

Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 6 years ago.

Where is the cut located? How deep is the cut?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
The cut is on her back just above her hip bones.
Expert:  Dr. John replied 6 years ago.
It is a deep cut or very superficial?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
It isn't deep just superficial.
Expert:  Dr. John replied 6 years ago.

As long as the cut is superficial, it is okay to use Neosporin on the wound. A deeper cut may require stitches, but that doesn't sound like that is the case here. Neosporin usually heals it up well, just keep Simone from licking on it. If she licks on the cut often, she can make it very irritated and infected. Dogs have a tendency to try and lick any topical medications you put on them. It is not toxic if they lick it off, but it won't work well either. After applying the ointment, I would distract her with some food, playtime or a walk to allow it time to dry.

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More on Neosporin used on dogs

Neosporin is an antibiotic cream used to treat infections. Although it is generally used on humans, some veterinarians recommend using it on superficial canine wounds along with sterile bandaging. There are no known side-effects to Neosporin in dogs, although it is possible that a dog could have an allergic reaction. Vets recommend seeing a specialist immediately if your dog experiences a rash or skin irritation after application.


Neosporin Ingredients: 

Neosporin contains the following ingredients:

  • Bacitracin
  • Neomycin
  • Polymyxin B
  • Cocoa butter
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Olive oil
  • Sodium Pyruvate
  • Alpha-Tocopherol
  • Petrolatum


What if a dog licks the Neosporin off?

Your dog may try to lick off the Neosporin applied to a cut or wound, although this will be harder if the wound is covered lightly with a bandage. Some alternatives to Neosporin are also safe for your pet if licked.


Neosporin Alternatives:

  • Petzlife wound spray
  • Pet Silver spray
  • Ceragyn Wound and Skin Formula for Pets
  • Veterinus Derma Gel
  • Protasia Skin and Wound care