Is Cortisone cream safe for my dog?
There's nothing worse than seeing your dog itch and scratch. Depending on the underlying causes, it could be a mild occasional itch to a full blown case where your dog cannot be left alone unsupervised for fear of them scratching too much and hurting themselves.
It's natural for us as humans to say ... well I've got a medicine cabinet full of treatments, which one can I use for my dog or cat?
The most common anti itch product is Cortizone. It comes in a red and white tube, and although it's spelled with the "z" the active ingredient is cortisone.
Not FDA approved for pets
The quick and easy answer is that it's not approved for pet use. Creams that contain hydrocortisone are steroid based formulations that can cause increased thirst and urination, panting, vomiting and diarrhea.
For whatever reason, dogs and even cats, enjoy licking lotions and other types of potions off their skin.
Applying Cortizone would put your pet at risk for ingesting something that is not approved and can cause them to be ill.
Additionally, this anti itch cream is a temporary solution (for humans) and never addresses what is causing the itching.
Call the vet
Well meaning pet parents will ask their friends off-line and online, what to do with an itchy dog. If you pose this question in an active Facebook group you'll receive anywhere from 150 to 250 different recommendations. But none of these come from a vet.
Vets go to school and study to take care of our animals. They are the most qualified in diagnosing and treating why your dog is itchy.
Prevent your dog from scratching themselves
A good non intrusive way to prevent your dog from mindlessly scratching it to put a collar on them. The type of collar will vary depending on the location of the itch. You want to prevent them from using their mouths to scratch or their legs from doing the scratching.
We offer a variety of collars and if you're uncertain of which is the best out - simply contact us and we will assist you with your selection.