Can you put Neosporin on cats?
” The short answer is Yes, Neosporin is safe for pets.”
What is Neosporin?
Neosporin is safe for pets. Neosporin is the name brand of the triple antibiotic ointment that contains bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B. The active ingredients in the ointment are all antibiotics that work to kill bacteria – usually gram-positive (which includes staphylococcus) and some gram-negative (such as streptococcus) bacteria. Most veterinary products contain bacitracin zinc, which has somewhat less broad antibacterial activity than Neosporin; however, because cats lack an enzyme responsible for metabolizing bacitracin zinc, there is no risk of permanent damage due to toxic metabolites being produced by this product when used topically.
Bacitracin zinc-based ointments such as those found in Neosporin and triple antibiotic ointments, can be applied to cuts and abrasions on your pet with no risk of toxic side effects. If you have a cat that licks excessively at the areas where the product has been applied, there is a very low risk of an upset stomach or intestinal upset occurring due to temporary changes in the pH of the stomach acids. This usually resolves within 12 hours after ingestion and will not cause any permanent harm to your pet’s digestive system.
In addition, if your pet is diabetic or otherwise at high risk for developing systemic infections, bacitracin products may be used safely under close veterinary supervision.
” Bacitracin-based products are generally well tolerated in pets, but just like any medication it is possible for side effects to occur.”
While the main purpose of Neosporin is to protect cuts and scrapes against infection, if applied incorrectly it can be fatal. Three important steps should always be followed when applying Neosporin or other ointments to your pet’s skin: 1) do not use triple antibiotic ointments on pre-existing infections 2) do not apply the product under a bandage 3) do not let your cat lick at the ointment within 6 hours after application. All three of these practices increase the risk of severe allergic reaction or ingestion toxicity. An allergy
Neosporin on cats: safety, side effects & alternatives
Most of us have been misinformed that Neosporin is only for human use, but this is not the case. In fact, just as it works on us it can also work on our pets as well to help fight off infection and speed up healing time! It’s important to remember to use the ointment with pain relief like Polysporin for pets, rather than the original Neosporin.
Neosporin for cats – How to Apply ointment with additional pain relief
1. Clean your cat’s wound thoroughly by patting with a washcloth soaked in warm soapy water. Rinse thoroughly, and use another clean cloth to pat dry. This will remove any dirt, or remaining bacteria that may cause an infection or contaminate the Neosporin ointment you are about to apply.
2. Apply a thin layer of the Neosporin with pain relief on and around the affected area, but avoid getting it in your cat’s eyes or mouth.
3. Apply a thin layer of Vaseline petroleum jelly on top of the Neosporin to keep it from rubbing off, and keep your cat from licking it off. In high concentrations neomycin can cause permanent damage if ingested or rubbed into the eyes, so it is important to protect them at all costs.
Neosporin is not intended for long term use, but rather for short periods of time to relieve pain and prevent infection. If you find that your cat has ingested some of the ointment it’s important to contact your vet immediately.
Neosporin side effects in cats
Being humans ourselves, we are often tempted to use human products on our pets. Cats are unable to metabolize neomycin, an antibiotic present in Neosporin. This increases the risk of allergic reaction and other side effects. It is important to remember that this ointment does not treat viral infections like herpes or calici. Your cat will become immune if you use it on these long term conditions, and it will have no effect.
It’s important to note that if your cat is suffering from a long term condition such as herpes, venereal disease or calici you should consult a vet before applying any type of ointment on them. It could be potentially dangerous for them to take anything orally other than water.
Neosporin for cats : How does it work?
Neosporin is an antibiotic cream that contains three basic ingredients; Betamethasone, Bacitracin, and Neomycin. As stated above, Neomycin can be dangerous in the event of ingestion or if absorbed into the eyes. To avoid potential issues like this it is important to use Polysporin ointment with pain relief for cats.
Neosoprin’s main purpose is to reduce the risk of infection and inflammation, while also controlling bleeding and speeding up recovery times.
Is it safe for cats to eat the ointment or get it in their eyes, nose, or mouth?
Your cat should not ingest Neosporin, it can be dangerous. If you find that your cat has ingested any amount of the ointment, please contact your vet immediately! You should also avoid applying it to broken or sensitive skin areas.
It is important to remember that even though this product is made for humans, it is not intended for long term use and could be dangerous to your cat in high doses. Always keep an eye on your pet when applying any type of ointment, and consult a veterinarian if you have further questions or concerns about how it works, or its side effects.