APPLYING CREAMS, OINTMENTS & LOTIONS
Applying topical medications to your pet can sometimes be a challenge.
We are providing these tips to help make treating your pet easier Ė
for both of you.
What is the difference between creams, ointments and lotions?
are non-greasy. Ointments have an oily base. Lotions are liquid
preparations but are similar to creams and ointments as far as
application is concerned. Creams, ointments and lotions are for
external use only. It is important to prevent your pet from ingesting
sure to follow any directions concerning application of the product,
e.g. using gloves, etc. This is important since some veterinary
preparations may be irritating to human skin.
My dog is perfectly fine until I try to put the preparation on and
then he becomes very agitated.
may be discomfort or actual pain. It is always a good idea to get
someone to hold your dog, especially when applying medications to a
sensitive or painful area. If you
prefer, we can recommend several types of comfortable muzzles that you
can use when treating your pet.
can apply the preparation but my dog licks it off as soon as it is
tip in this case is to apply the product just before the dog is fed.
Another technique is to take your dog for a short walk immediately
after applying the medication. Most topical preparations work better
if they are gently massaged in for a few moments after application. If
you still have trouble applying your petís medication, please contact
us and we will supply you with an Elizabethan collar. These are large
plastic hoods that prevent the dog from licking at the affected area.
have tried an Elizabethan collar but my dog goes crazy with it on!
majority of dogs are initially upset by the collar because of its
bulky size and appearance. Try giving your dog a treat or taking him
for a walk to distract him from the collar. Approximately 80% of dogs
will tolerate a collar with few problems.