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Can I Use Hydrocortisone Ointment On Dogs?

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It is safe to use hydrocortisone ointment on dogs; however, you should speak with your vet before you use any medicine on a pet whether it is over the counter medication or not. Hydrocortisone is designed to help a rash, bug bites, or other skin irritants on humans. Typically, the ointment has 1 per cent hydrocortisone, so it is a relatively weak dose.

The trouble with using the ointment on dogs without vet approval is that you may not know what is wrong with your dog. If you do know what has caused your pet’s rash you should still ask a professional if you can use the hydrocortisone ointment just to be safe since the medication is for humans.

In general, dogs have sensitive skin and using the wrong product could make the issue worse rather than solving the problem. On the other hand, your vet may be fine with your use of the ointment. Dogs tend to irritate their skin in certain areas by licking at things that bother them. Many dogs are often keen on continuing to lick at the irritated area even after medicine has been applied. This means unless the area is out of their reach they may try to lick the medicine away from the infected area. This could cause further harm to your pet.

You may consider using a protective collar to keep your dog from licking at the ointment and to help ensure the irritated area is cleared up. What you want to remember is that if you treat the infected area with the wrong medication it may make the area worse, not help it at all, or create another problem all together. This is why you must ask your vet before you proceed in any way in using the hydrocortisone ointment or any other product you might consider as helpful to your dog.
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Hydrocortisone is a steroid and can be used as anti inflammatory and anti allergy agent. It is available in tablets, injections and topical preparation forms. Its ointment is used as anti allergy. Hydrocortisone is prescription drug and can be purchased by the prescription of vet. Please note that this medicine is not applied on cuts and wounds because it can delay healing. Skin that is sensitive to hydrocortisone can have allergic reactions. So, before use in your dog, get your local vet consultation.
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To treat allergy, it is important to know the underlying cause of allergy. If you don't know the Benadryl is safe and effective.
Hydrocortisone is a steroid and has anti allergy and anti pruritic effects. But this drug is registered for human use only. OTC hydrocortisone are also available but I advise you not to use in your dog. Some vet prescribe hydrocortisone under extra label drug. If you want to use this steroid in your dog then get prescription from the vet.
In my opinion you should visit vet dermatologist for the proper treatment of allergy.
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Allergies are about control not cure.  You should work with your veterinarian to develop a treatment plan to control your dog's allergies.  Treating allergies is multi-lodal.  It includes anti-histamines (like Benadryl), omega-3 fatty acids, frequent bathing with medicated shampoo, allergy injections, steroids, and immune system modulators.  Oral steroids are often needed in short pulse therapy to get a sudden outbreak under control.  For very severe allergies chronic steroids, allergy injections, and immune system modulators are used.  Secondary infections also need to be kept under control and can be from bacteria, yeast, and mites.
I would contact your veterinarian to determine what the next step needs to be for your dog.  They can appropriately assess the severity since they have seen your dog and can advise the next step.
Due to the seasonal nature of your dog's symptoms she probably has atopy (environmental allergies), but flea allergy and food allergy need to be ruled out.
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SHEREE OGILVIE answered
Yes you can but bag bom works better you can get it at walgreens in the skin care isle it comes in a square green can. Farmers use it for cows, and horses. Stinks though. But it works, don't let your dog lick it off, the cost is about $8.00 a can, works great on skin rashes
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Try a new drug called Atopica. We tried everything on our Jack Russell. This is the only thing that stopped the non stop itching. It's expensive but worth it.

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