Can calamin lotion be used on dogs


Why does my dog ‚Äč‚Äčlick me after using lotion? It's a common question that veterinarians are asked.

Many dogs and cats seem to like the taste of lotions (especially when the lotions have enticing scents) and other topical products such as over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs. Let's take a look at some of the potential problems for each group.

Over-the-counter drugs

These products are often considered harmless as they can be bought at your local grocery store or pharmacy without a prescription. However, many products that are approved for human use are not intended for use on pets. While most topical, over-the-counter lotions and creams are unlikely to cause serious problems for your pet, there are a few types that can be problematic. In most cases, a lick or two is unlikely to cause a problem. However, the behavior should be prevented.

Keep in mind that veterinarians often recommend some of the more harmless products in this group - steroid creams, triple antibiotic ointments, and ointments - for treating pets as well. When used under the guidance of your veterinarian, these products are safe. However, carefully follow your veterinarian's instructions on how to use it and do not leak.

Some examples and their unintended consequences:

  • Steroid-based creams containing short-acting hydrocortisone are used by people to treat itching. When ingested by your pet, these creams can cause vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, and increased thirst and urination.
  • Antifungal creams for people like nail fungus, jock itch, athlete's foot, and yeast infection are poorly absorbed from the digestive tract, but can still cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested by a pet.
  • Diaper rash ointments are more severe when ingested by dogs. Zinc oxide is common in these products and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian if there is blood in the vomit or stool. Zinc oxide can cause a lot of vomiting, and the presence of blood means the gastrointestinal tract has likely been damaged somewhat. GI protectants may be required.
  • Calamine lotion, used to treat poison ivy, also contains zinc oxide and can cause the same digestive problems mentioned above. Even small amounts of zinc oxide can cause vomiting.
  • Triple antibiotic ointments are commonly used on cuts and scratches in people. Make sure your pet doesn't lick these ointments for at least 10 to 15 minutes after using them. Otherwise, vomiting and diarrhea can occur. Keeping your pet away from treated areas for this period can allow the antibiotics in the ointment to be absorbed. Both the oily base of the ointment and the antibiotics it contains can cause stomach upset.
  • Many muscle massages contain aspirin-like compounds (salicylates). These can cause vomiting, bloody vomiting, and stomach ulcers. Some muscle massages do not contain these types of compounds, although they may contain other substances of concern, such as menthol and capsaicin.
  • Sunscreens and antihistamine creams usually only cause stomach upset when ingested by a pet.
  • Ingesting large amounts of moisturizing lotions can cause drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea in pets. These lotions can contain many chemicals and compounds that act as humectants and emollients. Emollients get oily with the heat of the body (or stomach) and can cause GI disorders.
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine) should be of particular concern for pet owners. This product is used to help people regrow hair. It was originally developed as an antihypertensive agent. If swallowed by dogs or cats, fluid may accumulate in the lungs and heart failure with the first signs of vomiting and lethargy. Never let your pet lick the head after an application.