Nonprescription triple antibiotic ointment contains bacitracin, neomycin sulfate and polymyxin B. You can safely use this combination ointment to treat your dog's minor cuts, scrapes, abrasions, and skin dermatitis or allergies. Take him to a veterinarian if the area is red, swollen or seems tender to the touch. Keep this ointment in your pet's at-home and emergency first-aid kit. Most dogs won't experience side effects from this, although sometimes redness or irritation does occur.
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Applying Triple Antibiotic Ointment
Apply the ointment to the wound or skin irritation several times a day, and prevent your dog from licking it for at least 15 minutes. If the wound doesn't heal after four to seven days, or appears worse, take your dog to your veterinarian. Never use this ointment in your dog's eyes. For serious wounds or punctures, you can apply the antibiotic ointment to seal the wound while you are en route to your veterinarian's clinic or an animal hospital.
Natural Topical Alternatives
You can try natural topical antibiotics if you prefer, or if your dog has side effects from the triple antibiotic ointment. Options include a prepared calendula and hypericum cream; manuka honey; ground plantain leaves; and goldenseal or yarrow tincture.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
- Doctors Foster and Smith, Pet Education: Topical (Skin) Preparations
- WebMD: Irritants and Contact Dermatitis in Dogs
- Dogs Naturally Magazine: Five Natural Topical Antibiotics for Dogs
- VCA Animal Hospitals: Gunshot Wounds and Penetrating Trauma
- Golden Isles Animal Hospital: FAQs -- “Ask Doc”
- The Humane Society of the United States: What You Should Have in Your Pet’s First-Aid Kit