Zinc oxide ingestion is a common exposure, especially in dogs, with the most common sources being diaper creams, skin protectant creams and sunscreens.
Zinc oxide ointment can cause clinical signs quickly, but it is typically something that can be managed at home. Ointments typically contain 10-40% zinc oxide, and if ingested typically cause GI irritation and vomiting.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reports that rarely a hypersensitivity reaction (erythma, urticaria, facial edema) to the zinc can be seen secondary to ingestion of the zinc oxide.
These ointments typically contain emollients that can cause a laxative effect as well, resulting in a greasy, oily diarrhea. It is uncommon, though possible, to see zinc toxicosis in large ingestions, though emesis is often very productive at removing this from the GI tract, and the zinc is often not well absorbed in the ointment form.
Any pets who ingest zinc oxide ointment should be monitored for GI upset. Fluids may be required if pets have GI upset that is significant enough to cause dehydration. Hypersensitivity reactions may require treatment with antihistamines and corticosteroids.
But Don’t Let Your Dog Lick It
After applying the cream, ensure that you observe your dog to ensure that it won’t lick the cream.
It is important to keep an eye on your pets since dogs and cats often lick the wounded spots.
After licking the wound where the A&D ointment has been applied, zinc oxide can easily reach the intestines.
The dog will then experience adverse effects because of the zinc oxide.
The dog will experience loss of appetite and vomiting for quite some time.
In some instances, the dogs will also have diarrhoea while experiencing severe abdominal pain.
If you notice any of these symptoms after your dog has ingested the A&D ointment, you should contact a veterinary doctor immediately.
Is the Ointment Safe for Dogs?
According to Dolores Animal Hospital, A & D Ointment is safe to use on dogs and other pets.
The hospital lists it as one of the human antibacterial ointments for scrapes and wounds that work for pets as well.
But like other human medications that work for pets, the answer to the above question isn’t completely straightforward.
We believe that there are instances when applying antibiotic ointments like A &D can help heal your pup’s cuts or wounds, and there are situations when it is not advisable or necessary to use them on your dog.
As Healthy Homemade Dog Treats, therefore, we strongly advise our readers to check with their local veterinarians before using any type of over-the-counter medications intended for humans.
Even if your vet gives you the green to use A & D ointment on your pup, there are still a few important caveats that you need to remember:
What is A and D ointment good for?
A & D (for the skin) is a skin protectant. It works by moisturizing and sealing the skin, and aids in skin healing. This medication is used to treat diaper rash, dry or chafed skin, and minor cuts or burns.
A&D contains both Vitamin A and D (hence the name) to treat abrasions and minor wounds. They also keep the skin supple and naturally protect it from outside organisms. 1 A&D’s one downfall is that it will not prevent infection due to its lack of antibacterial properties.
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