How Do I Choose the Best Antibiotic Cream for Dogs?

Cindy Quarters

Antibiotic cream for dogs is used to treat both injuries and skin problems, as well as various types of skin and ear infections. When choosing such a cream, it is important to consider the strength of the cream and its suitability for use on dogs. It is also important to choose an antibiotic cream that is suited for the dog’s specific problem. Not all antibiotics will kill every type of bacteria. Consult a veterinarian to be sure you are using a product safe for your dog or if you are treating a problem for several days and the dog is not getting better.

Over-the-counter creams for dogs can be found at drug stores or pet stores.
Over-the-counter creams for dogs can be found at drug stores or pet stores.

Many times antibiotic cream for dogs needs to be obtained from a licensed veterinarian, at least in some countries. Other types are available over the counter and may be purchased at pet or drug stores. If you have a dog with a red, inflamed wound that does not respond to treatment, it may be necessary to try a stronger medication or a different combination of ingredients.

Panalog is an antibiotic cream that can help prevent itching in dogs.
Panalog is an antibiotic cream that can help prevent itching in dogs.

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A good basic choice for an antibiotic cream for dogs is a cream that contains either neomycin or bacitracin. Both of these ingredients are typically safe for dogs and are easily found over the counter in a wide variety of stores. For a cream that can kill a wider range of bacteria, the human triple antibiotic compound contains those two antibiotics, and it adds polymyxin B. Though this formula is made for humans it is safe to use on dogs if the wound is not serious. It is generally a good idea to apply the cream and then supervise the dog for about half an hour, to make sure it doesn’t lick the medicine off before the skin has a chance to absorb it.

A pet supply store with a veterinarian on staff may be able to offer advice on choosing the best antibiotic cream for dogs.
A pet supply store with a veterinarian on staff may be able to offer advice on choosing the best antibiotic cream for dogs.

When you need an antibiotic cream for dogs to use in the ears or for actually applying to the inside of an abscess, look for a strong cream that has features that make it suitable for such uses. Panalog® is an example of a topical antibiotic for dogs that can be applied to many different kinds of injuries, and it can also be used to treat ear infections and fairly serious injuries. In the United States this cream must be obtained from a veterinarian, but in other countries this, or a similar product, may be available over the counter. Panalog® also has an antifungal component and an ingredient to help prevent itching.

Antibiotic cream for dogs may be used to treat a variety of skin and ear infections.
Antibiotic cream for dogs may be used to treat a variety of skin and ear infections.
A licensed vet should be consulted before giving a dog any sort of medication, including antibiotic cream.
A licensed vet should be consulted before giving a dog any sort of medication, including antibiotic cream.
Some antibiotic creams for dogs contain bacitracin or neomycin.
Some antibiotic creams for dogs contain bacitracin or neomycin.
Panalog® is of a topical antibiotic for dogs that can be applied to many different kinds of injuries to prevent to treat bacterial infection.
Panalog® is of a topical antibiotic for dogs that can be applied to many different kinds of injuries to prevent to treat bacterial infection.
Antibiotic creams that are used on humans are safe to use on dogs for wounds that are not serious.
Antibiotic creams that are used on humans are safe to use on dogs for wounds that are not serious.

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anon290852

What happened to Panalog cream? The ointment keeps the hot spot moist and increases healing time!

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