The Secret To Putting Neosporin On A Dog

A dog being a playful animal often gets himself in some trouble while having fun. And then they come to you with a wound or a cut to get them rid of their pain. You must have felt the urge to help your dog, and the first thing that pops into your mind is applying some antibacterial product as Neosporin which may be in the form of gel, ointment, powder forms or cream.

While using Neosporin on your dog’s wound, you must have been caught by a question that: Is putting neosporin on a dog safe?

Don’t worry; you are not alone looking for an answer to this popular query, as according to Google’s 2016 Year in Search, “Can I put Neosporin on my dog?” was the eighth most asked question about dogs.

Before answering this question, there are some important points that you must understand before you apply Neosporin to your dog’s wound, which you will find in this article.

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Quick Introduction To Neosporin

Neosporin is an antibiotic product that contains bacitracin, polymyxin B, and neomycin which helps in preventing infections. It is applied to minor skin problems like scrapes, cuts, burns, wounds, etc. to prevent them getting exacerbated by some bacterial infection.

Some forms of Neosporin also have pain relief properties to help overcome the pain that might be caused due to these skin injuries. But when you are using this for your dog, you must have wondered that is Neosporin safe for dogs?

Can We Put Neosporin On Dogs?

The short answer is, YES. You can apply Neosporin on your dog’s cuts or wounds. Generally speaking, using Neosporin for your dog’s minor skin problems is not harmful. If your dog has got a superficial cut or a scratch on his face, nose, paws, trunk, applying Neosporin on it will provide the antibacterial properties and moisture which is required to promote the healing of the wound. So, yes Neosporin is safe for dogs.

But this is not the conclusion. Keep reading  to get a deeper understanding of the important points regarding this.

Healing Is Usually Fast In Dogs

Unlike humans, who take quite a long time to heal even by using some antibiotic, dogs have a natural tendency to heal more quickly. Scratches, scrapes or shallow cuts are not a big deal for dogs. I know it’s hard not to get worried about the minor cuts, burns or wounds of your dog.

But it’s best to clean them up with some fresh water to prevent any infection and allow them to heal on their own. Don’t apply Neosporin on it out of nervousness. But if your dog becomes restless and is giving that cut a lot of attention then you might need to do a close inspection. In some cases Neosporin is necessary.

Neosporin For Curing Deep Wounds?

If your dog gets himself in a serious trouble and comes to you with a significant wound or a deep cut, take him to a veterinarian to give him some professional treatment as he may need stitching or at least proper dressing or bandaging. Applying Neosporin to deep wounds that need stitches would not do any good for your dog.

In case, your Fido is bleeding heavily, use a compression device or a band-aid to control blood loss until you get him to the hospital. You can also watch a video ​which shows how to deal with a pad injury of a dog.

How Much Neosporin Should You Give To Your Dog?

As already stated that dogs heal much faster as compared to humans, so panicking and applying too much amount of Neosporin will not be fruitful at all. It may worsen the case if your dog licks it up. Therefore, you should use Neosporin not more than 2-3 times a day.

What If Your Dog Licks The Neosporin?

Putting Neosporin On A Dog

One thing that all the dog owners should be aware of is that dogs like to lick their wounds very much. Well, that’s a good thing because saliva of a dog has antiseptic properties that help the wounds to heal fast. But it might not prove helpful if you apply Neosporin on his injury.

Because they will lick up all the Neosporin without any hesitation and this is a dangerous thing which should not be allowed to happen at all. It can cause him temporary vomiting or diarrhea.

An Alternative For Neosporin

There are many substitutes for Neosporin, and the best of them is Vetericyn. The reason being it is as effective as Neosporin and is completely safe is if your dog licks it. If you want to buy this antibiotic, you can get it from here. There are some other substitutes also.

  • Ceragyn Wound and Skin Formula for Pets
  • Veterinus Derma Gel
  • Petzlife Wound Care
  • Pet Silver Spray

Other Key Points You Should Know

  • Never apply Neosporin on or near dog’s eyes.
  • Don’t use Neosporin on surgical incisions as it won’t make any difference in healing.
  • Don’t use Neosporin on your dog’s ears.
  • Don’t use Neosporin on the Hotspots of your dog.


So to wrap it up, Neosporin is perfectly fine when applied to your dog’s minor cuts or wounds, provided you should cover it up with something clean that could not be torn. This is to prevent the licking of their wound as they would ingest Neosporin with it which is toxic to them. If you can’t control your dog’s licking, try some other alternative which is safe even when swallowed, like Vetericyn.

However, Neosporin is not adequate for severe and deep wounds or cuts. In such cases, it would be best to take your dog to his vet immediately as an open wound can get affected by some bacteria or germs present in the atmosphere. In the case of excessive bleeding apply a band-aid to his wound as severe blood loss could be lethal for your dog. These cases require immediate medical attention, and by using creams like Neosporin on them, you’ll be only wasting your time.

I hope this article proves quite informative to you regarding using Neosporin on dogs. I expect you to follow all the guidelines and points that I have mentioned, next time when you think of using Neosporin on your dog. Leave your doubts in the comments section below. We will clarify them to your satisfaction.

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Hello there, I am an animal lover, especially of dogs. I have over two years experience of working and taking care of dogs in animal protection society. What I look forward to my share is useful to you, because I know you also love dogs. If you interested in my article, please share it with everyone. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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