First aid and Neosporin go hand in hand. It is pretty much the first thing that comes to mind when a family member gets a cut or scrape. But if your dog has a run in with a thorn bush or fence post, can you apply it to their boo-boo?

Is it safe to put Neosporin on my dog?

Yes! In short, using Neosporin on your dog is safe. However, there are some things you need to know before you use it to treat your dog’s wounds. If you’re thinking that you’ve been neglecting your dog by not using it before, don’t worry, you can relax. Dogs have an excellent ability to heal minor cuts without issues. But, it’s never a bad idea to give them a little help.

Will my dog eat or lick the Neosporin?

The cone of shame doesn’t exist just for giggles. It’s true that dogs like, if not love, to lick their wounds. And it’s not just a matter of liking to lick. Their saliva actually helps heal the wounds because it has antiseptic properties. Even though it is safe to apply to your dog, it is not safe for them to ingest it. When you apply the ointment, make sure to cover the wound.

The difficult part can be getting your dog to leave the bandage alone. If they wanted to lick it before, they’re really going to want to lick it after it’s covered. They can be downright bullheaded about getting that bandage off and licking the wound. That means, unless you can keep an extremely watchful eye on them, it’s best to leave it off.

Is there an antibacterial ointment just for dogs?

Thankfully, there is a great Neosporin alternative for dogs called Vetericyn. This works just like a regular first aid ointment, but it is also safe for dogs to ingest. It has no toxins so if your dog rips off their bandage and starts licking their wound, they’ll be just fine. Other good alternatives include Protasia, Ceragyn Wound and Skin for Pets, Petzlife Wound Care and Pet Silver Spray. You can find any of these at your local pet store.

When is the wrong time to apply ointments?

Sometimes wounds call for more attention than antibacterial cream. Never use Neopsorin or a pet alternative if the wound is deep and bleeding heavily. If they have a major cut or scrape, they made need stitches and should be seen by the vet immediately. Also, never use Neosporin without washing the wound first. Washing a wound is imperative to helping stop infections and for healing.

It can be scary when our loved ones get hurt. We often feel helpless, which means we clamour to do anything and everything to help. It’s a natural instinct to want to help them, but we want to make sure that the treatment we give them actually helps more than it hurts.