My Dog Ate Bacitracin What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Tom •  Updated: 05/14/23 •  3 min read
Dog Moderate Toxicity Level
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What do you use to treat small cuts or burns? If you’re like many others, you turn to Bacitracin to treat minor wounds. A curious dog may watch you use the Bacitracin and wonder if it’s something to eat. He may even eat it! But what happens if a dog eats Bacitracin?

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Has your dog eaten Bacitracin? Are you worried that the Bacitracin will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.

We’ve gathered information about Bacitracin and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

My Dog Ate Bacitracin

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What is Bacitracin?

Bacitracin is an ointment that contains an antibiotic of the same name. It’s used to prevent infections caused by minor cuts, burns, or scrapes. It works to kill bacteria and keep an infection from developing.

However, this medication does not kill fungal infections; it’s only to be used to prevent bacterial infections. In addition, Bacitracin should only be used on minor cuts and other small injuries. This medication should not be used on larger wounds unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.

While Bacitracin is safe for humans (when used as directed), what happens if a dog eats Bacitracin?

Bacitracin & Dogs

The good news is that Bacitracin is also used in veterinary medicine. This ointment is used on dogs and is considered safe for our canine companions.

However, eating Bacitracin could still make a dog sick.

Symptoms of Bacitracin Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten Bacitracin:

These symptoms may last between 12 to 24 hours. If they last longer, it’s best to call the vet for advice. There’s a concern that persistent diarrhea and vomiting can cause dehydration in your dog.

Treatment of Bacitracin Ingestion in Dogs

The vet has medications to stop persistent diarrhea and vomiting. They may also give your dog gastro protectants to calm your fur baby’s digestive tract.

The vet will also check your dog for dehydration. If your canine companion is dehydrated, the vet will give him an IV with fluids to rehydrate him.

The good news is that most dogs will make a full recovery after eating Bacitracin ointment. In the future, it’s a good idea to keep Bacitracin and other medications out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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