My Dog Ate Zovirax Cream What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 11/03/21 •  3 min read
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My Dog Ate Zovirax Cream

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Dogs may eat just about anything, including human medications. If medications fall on the floor or are left on the counter, a dog may get curious and eat some of the medicine. This can be bad, as some human medications are not meant for dogs, including Zovirax cream.

Has your dog eaten Zovirax cream? Are you worried the Zovirax cream will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it’s scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.

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

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

What is Zovirax Cream?

Zovirax cream (also called Acyclovir) is a prescription medication used to treat cold sores and genital herpes. This medication is an antiviral cream that’s used to treat herpes and others types of viral infections. The medicine is sometimes used alone or in combination with other medications. Zovirax cream works to keep the virus from growing and being passed on to another person.

While Zovirax is thought to be very toxic, it has caused some health issues in dogs. The medication has caused organ damage in some dogs. It’s possible for symptoms not to show up immediately but within three hours after ingestion.

The severity of the symptoms will depend on how much cream the dog has eaten, as well as the dog’s size and weight.

Symptoms of Zovirax Cream Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has ingested Zovirax cream:

If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, then call the vet immediately. This is an emergency. Don’t wait to see if your dog develops symptoms—remember it can take up to three hours before symptoms begin to show.

Treatment of Zovirax Cream Ingestion in Dogs

When you reach the vet’s, they will perform a complete physical examination of your dog. This will likely include lab work and tests to check your dog’s organs for damage.

Treatment may include inducing vomiting, the use of activated charcoal, and supportive treatment. Supportive treatment can include an IV with fluids and other care for symptoms as they arise.

The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical care after eating Zovirax cream. So, if your dog has eaten any of this medication, be sure to contact the vet right away. This way, your dog has a better chance of making a complete recovery!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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