Using Neosporin on Dogs

Pet owners often wonder if an OTC first aid product is also safe to use on their pet. This is a guide about using Neosporin on dogs.

October 28, 2007 Flag
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Can neosporin be used on my dog's eye injury?

Donna from LA

April 28, 20080 found this helpful

This a little bit off topic but I have a matlis/podde mix hes 4 months old, but i cant bring him to the vet for a couple days or so because of a lot of work(at work at this moment). It looks like he scratched his eye or something along that lines cuz he has this red goop (not blood, cuz my aunts knows a little bit about vet.) but she doesn't know what to put on it till then. Does anyone know of something that can help it a little bit till i can take him? Something that can sort of start healing it or maybe just stop it from getting infected. I put some eye drops on him just to wash off anything in his eye.

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November 11, 20080 found this helpful

Neosporin has drops for the eye, over the counter. It is oftentimes recommended for bacterial eye infections.

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February 11, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, the prescription eye ointment the vet will prescribe for conjunctivitis is the same as Neosporin and can be applied by dabbing a bit on a clean finger and gently wiping into the bottom lid of the eye.

The FDA has approved Neosporin as an ophthalmic ointment for cats and dogs as seen here : ... and-Drug-Administration-Neosporin-PI

Thanks for all your neat opinions but the FDA calls the shots officially on drug safety.

The warnings on the label apply to humans, not your dog. It is not manufactured to a standard for human eyes but is completely sterile and safe for your pets in small amounts, even in the eyes.

Our golden retriever gets conjunctivitis every couple years and shows green discharge like eye boogers first followed by watery eye and redness. Instead of paying $100 plus to the vet every time, I rub a little Neosporin into the corner of his eye twice a day and it clears right up in a day or two. The sooner you see the green eye goop and apply the antibiotic the sooner it will clear up.

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April 8, 20100 found this helpful

MKULTRA, your feedback is misleading. The link you sent was for sterile Neosporin Opthalmic ointment. This is NOT the same as the basic Neosporin ointment you might have around the house. Regular neosporin ointment should NOT be used in the eye - it is not sterile, contains different concentrations of drugs, and it is the vehicle (the ointment itself) that makes us worry about irritation and opthalmic damage (not whether it contains the same drugs in the BNP ointment you may get from the vet). The sterile opthalmic Neosporin is safe to use in eyes. However, it is always best to consult your veterinarian, as there may be an underlying cause, such as an ulcer on the cornea, that is causing your pet problems.

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August 1, 20100 found this helpful

March 8, 2010 Flag
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My 7 year Dachshund has a fungal condition on his paws. I have tried shampoo and oral fungal medication. But it persists. He licks his paws all the time. I want to know if Neosporin is good for this condition instead of oral medications.

By Beatriz from Weston, FL

March 9, 20100 found this helpful

One more thing to consider would be an irritant. It is spring and many dogs' feet and bellies are irritated by fertilizer people put on their lawns. I had a friend that had to put a muzzle on his dachshund because of all the chewing. He changed to organic fertilizer and never had another problem.

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March 9, 20100 found this helpful

My worry is that your baby will lick it off his paws and get sick from it because it's an external only medication :-( If you do use it on his paws please wrap them with bandages he can't chew off. The best thing to do though is call his vet again or even ask another vet or two what to do.

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March 17, 20110 found this helpful

Neosporin does not kill fungus. Please take your pet to the vet. He is miserable.

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March 17, 20110 found this helpful

Neosporin should not be used on animals where they can injest it. It should only be used when an area can be bandaged. It is an external product only. That said you should research Apple Cider Vinegar as a topical application as well as adding it to drinking water. If he does have ring worm, it will help combat the parasite, it is also safe to use on yourself. Also the ACV will change the Ph of the fungal area and reverse it's growth. Google ACV for dogs, the results are amazing.

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