When choosing an antibiotic cream for dogs, consider the strength of the cream, what you'll be using it for, and whether it is...
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How Do I Choose the Best Antibiotic Cream for Dogs?

Susana Bradford
2 minute read
September 6, 2021

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.

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.

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.

choosing 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.

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Meet the author:

Susana Bradford

Susana is an avid animal lover and has been around animals her entire life, and has volunteered at several different animal shelters in Southern California. She has a loving family at home that consists of her husband, son, two dogs, and one cat. She enjoys trying new Italian recipes, playing piano, making pottery, and outdoor hiking with her family and dogs in her spare time.