My Dog Licked Triple Antibiotic Ointment What Should I Do?

By Tom •  Updated: 08/05/21 •  3 min read
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Triple antibiotic ointment is found in many of our medicine chests at home. It’s great for treating certain types of wounds. However, what happens if a dog licks triple antibiotic ointment?

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Has your dog licked some triple antibiotic ointment? Are you worried the triple antibiotic ointment will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog does something like this.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at triple antibiotic ointment and whether or not it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Triple Antibiotic Ointment?

Triple antibiotic ointment is a medication that is used to treat minor wounds, burns, and scrapes. The medication works to prevent infection and is used topically (on the skin). This type of medicine may go by the name Neosporin, though there are also generic brands of triple antibiotic ointments available.

These medications generally contain three types of antibiotics, including:

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Some forms of triple antibiotics may also contain another ingredient for pain relief. What’s more, the medication (without the pain relief ingredient) is sometimes used on dogs. However, what happens if a dog licks triple antibiotic ointment?

Triple Antibiotic Ointment & Dogs

Small amounts of triple antibiotic ointment are generally safe for dogs. However, some dogs may be allergic to the ingredients. In addition, if a dog licks off enough of the ointment, he could develop an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea.

How to Use Triple Antibiotic Ointment On Dogs

Before using triple antibiotic ointment on dogs, it’s always best to check with your vet first. The vet may need to see your dog’s injury before offering advice. For large wounds or those that are deep, the vet may advise against the use of triple antibiotic ointment and instead suggest another type of medication to treat your dog’s injuries.

For superficial wounds, experts recommend doing a patch test on your dog to see if he experiences a skin reaction. If not, then use only a very small amount of the medication, and then cover this with a bandage. Keep in mind that some dogs will try to chew off the bandage, which could make the injury worse. And always make sure the bandage is not wrapped too tightly, as this could cut off circulation.

Just to recap: if your dog does happen to lick a little bit of some triple antibiotic ointment, chances are he will be just fine. In some cases, a dog could develop diarrhea/vomiting, and/or an allergic reaction. If this happens, then be sure to call your vet.

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Tom

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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