If you’re reading this post, then it’s likely that your dog ate Neosporin recently.
The dog may have eaten the tube of ointment or chewed on a bandage with Neosporin on it.
Whatever the case, we hope to help you understand how to prevent dog poisoning and what to do if they’ve already ingested Neosporin.
What Is Neosporin And What Is It Used For?
Neosporin is an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment used to heal cuts, scrapes, and burns.
Neosporin is a topical antibacterial medication that helps alleviate inflammation like pain and redness of the affected area.
It’s typically only used when there are no signs of infection such as pus or fever, but it can be applied more liberally when those symptoms are present in order to kill any bacteria in the body as quickly as possible.
Is Neosporin Safe For Dogs?
Yes. Neosporin is safe for dogs to apply topically, as it contains only a small amount of the antibiotic neomycin sulfate and erythromycin that could be harmful if swallowed in large quantities or if taken orally but would not cause outside side effects even when applied frequently.
Neosporin should not be applied directly onto an open wound because this will inhibit the healing process due to its effect on bacteria – instead, areas of redness or inflammation can use a thin layer of Neosporin with a bandage over it overnight.
What Happens If A Dog Eats Neosporin?
If a dog eats Neosporin, it might actually need to be taken in for a medical examination.
If enough is consumed of this substance, there can be burns in the intestines and stomach.
The animal may vomit up blood as well if there are any issues with the stomach bleeding.
Dogs that eat Neosporin could also suffer from gastrointestinal ulcers building up or even become sick and die from kidney failure.
Watch out for best-case-scenario effects – these include vomiting and heavy drinking of water which help get it out of his system more quickly (diluting it).
These events happen when pet owners are cognizant of what happened to their dog, discovered the mistake quickly enough, and act responsibly.
My Dog Ate Neosporin – What Should I Do Now?
If your dog has eaten something that contains Neosporin, there are a few things to do.
First, call the vet. The sooner you can get an examination for the dog and find out what he or she needs in terms of fluids or more medical attention, the better off they’ll be.
At this point, it’s crucial that dog owners stay calm and collected for their dog’s sake.
Second, take steps to prevent the dog from vomiting more – this is a common symptom of eating Neosporin or other substances like high-fiber foods.
It’s possible they may have already vomited once at home because it can be hard to diagnose if your dog is throwing up or if it’s just not feeling well.
You can do this by feeding them dog biscuits or giving them a slice of bread.
Third, clean the area where they ate Neosporin and make sure to remove any residue like that left on their mouth with water – again, stay calm so you don’t exacerbate anything!
The dog may vomit more from time to time because of the Neosporin in their system, so be sure to have a towel or old blanket handy.
My Dog Ate Neosporin With The Tube – What To Do Now?
Dogs have a lot of trouble digesting even their own food, so if your dog swallows Neosporin and the tube along with it then there are risks for an intestinal blockage to occur.
A blockage takes place when a foreign item gets stuck somewhere in the stomach or intestines and blocks the passage of food through digestion by interfering with normal flow.
The danger is greater if the dog managed to swallow either object whole or as large pieces since they’re more likely than smaller bits to get lodged at some point during transit.
The smaller the dog, the greater risk it has of getting an obstruction.
This is because they have a more narrow digestive system that makes swallowing larger pieces of food dangerous and increases their chance to get sick from them.
Signs include vomiting or pain in your stomach area as well as bloody stool or diarrhea so if you’re exhibiting these signs then please visit a vet right away!
If your dog has ingested Neosporin, inducing vomiting can be tricky.
Veterinarian Dr. Christian K explains that a metal tube is riskier than plastic because the pieces of it could lacerate the stomach or esophagus as they are brought back up and thrown out – potentially causing even more damage to their digestive system!
How To Prevent A Dog From Licking Neosporin
There are a few approaches you can take.
Some dogs will lick the ointment if it is applied very thinly or simply not at all; there’s also an OTC medicine that can help, although some dogs manage to get around this as well.
If one applies the ointment on an open cut (the way people traditionally do), it doesn’t work very well because a dog has evolved to lick those parts of wounds clean with gusto.
Apply the Neosporin over large areas instead – for example, goop it over a bandage which you then wrap over the wound being careful not to touch any bandages with your fingers if possible since oils from fingers are then spread all over and transferred onto the dog’s tongue.
So now you know what to do if your dog eats Neosporin.
If you have any other questions, please mention them in the comments section below and I’ll try to help out!