Hydrocortisone for dogs with skin irritation

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Read on to learn the uses of hydrocortisone for dogs, the correct dosage for dogs, side effects and safety information are also included.

Hydrocortisone, the medicinal name for cortisol, is a corticosteroid substance used to treat various skin conditions. Such conditions include inflammation, itching, swelling and problems associated with allergic reactions. It is considered a temporary fix for these unwanted symptoms.

Hydrocortisone dosage for dogs

Hydrocortisone is available in different topical forms including a spray and a cream. To use hydrocortisone, you should apply a small amount to the affected area of your pet, ensuring that it is absorbed well. It’s important that you don’t allow your pet to ingest the cream by licking the treated area. Avoid applying the cream directly to any open wounds.

Is hydrocortisone safe for dogs?

Hydrocortisone is safe when used correctly. Most negative effects caused are a result of your pet licking the treated area and ingesting the substance as a result. Hydrocortisone is not yet FDA approved and it’s advisable to seek veterinary advice before using it to treat your dog.

Safety precautions

  • Avoid applying to any open wound
  • Discuss your pet’s symptoms with a vet prior to use
  • If your pet’s symptoms persist despite hydrocortisone treatment, seek veterinary advice
  • Do not allow your pet to lick at the area where the substance was applied
  • Avoid consistent use over longer periods of time

Do not let your pet ingest this substance, either directly from the container or by licking the area where hydrocortisone was applied. When ingested, hydrocortisone can cause gastric upset (vomiting). If your pet’s unwanted symptoms do not improve, it’s important that you seek advice from your vet on how to proceed. Hydrocortisone is available on an over-the-counter basis (no prescription necessary) but a veterinary visit is still advisable to ensure your dog’s safety.

Uses of hydrocortisone for dogs

Hydrocortisone is sometimes used on dogs for the treatment of:

  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Allergic reactions (some symptoms)

It is applied topically to the affected area.

Side effects of hydrocortisone use in dogs

In almost all cases, hydrocortisone is completely safe when used correctly. Possible side effects include behavioral changes, weakness and nausea/vomiting. However, these effects are usually only present when the substance is used too often, or in quantities which are far too high. Bad stomach upset may result from hydrocortisone if ingested by your pet.

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