Can I Use Germolene On My Dog?

A tube of Germolene and a black and white dog
Is Germolene safe to use on dogs?

Is your dog scratching all the time, or has your dog got a minor injury? If so, let’s find out if Germolene antiseptic cream is okay for your dog. It would be best if you considered many aspects before starting rubbing in the Germolene. The below will help you understand your dog and whether or not you should use Germolene. It’s the same as Sudocrem, and it carries its own risks. Read on to find out more about using Germolene on your dog.

Germolene is safe to use on dogs if applied appropriately and in short term use. You will need to be watchful if your dog self chews or licks itself because some of the ingredients found in Germolene are not safe for consumption. For long term use, you should use an alternative cream specifically made for dogs.

Let us run through the best practices of using Germolene on dogs.

What is Germolene?

A British-American pharmaceutical inventor, Sir William Henry Veno, invented Germolene in 1925. Germolene is a mild local anaesthetic, and it soothes the area when applied whilst also preventing further infection and has healing powers. Its classed as a dual-action antiseptic cream. There are many benefits to us humans using Germolene its great for minor cuts and grazes, minor burns, scalds and blisters, stings and insect bites, spots and chapped or rough skin. Germolene is a long-standing all-around good product, and I think everyone in the UK has or have a tube of it in their medicine cabinet. But what about using it on our dogs? It’s not made specifically for dogs, but yes, it works wonders; however, it does carry some risks, and you will need to understand how to apply it and where to; let’s run through it.

Never use Germolene in or around your dogs:

  • Eyes “In and around”
  • Mouth
  • Nose
  • Inside Ears

You can use Germolene safely on your dogs:

  • Base of tail
  • Tail
  • Legs
  • Paws
  • Neck
  • Head
  • Back
  • Belly
  • Bum
  • Outside of ears
  • Around the genitals

The amount to use

You should only apply the antiseptic cream on the list above. Use only a tiny amount, and if possible, work it in a little. If your dog’s area is too sore, dap it on. Do not overuse the cream as your dog will draw attention to it, and your dog may want to lick it off. If you have an Elizabethan collar, this will help your dog avoid licking or chewing the area. When applied to your dog, he or she will become slightly greasy from the cream, so making sure your dog is in his clean bed will help not mess up your furniture. Eventually, the Germolene will soak into the skin, and at that point, you can more than likely take the Elizabethan collar. You will need to assess your dog and if he or she will commence licking or chewing the area.

Perfect for

  • Cat scratches
  • Flea bites
  • Over itching
  • Paw sores
  • Paw minor cuts

When to apply Germolene

Apply it to a clean wound only, with the correct amount. Never apply it at night, as you need to keep an eye on them; if they start to lick the Germolene off or have an allergic reaction to the cream, you will need to be around. Do not use Germolene as a long term solution to much will cause other problems for your dog if used too frequently. Below are some of the ingredients in Germolene and why you must not let your dog lick the cream or use it long term on your dog. Consider eventually getting an alternative cream made for dogs; this is the one I use. It is lick safe for dogs, entirely safe for long term use and made especially for dogs.

Antiseptic cream made specifically for dogs

Cream that is made for dogs, showing the benefits
Antiseptic Cream that is made for dogs.

What’s is in Germolene antiseptic healing cream?

Chlorhexidine Digluconate

Chlorhexidine Digluconate is found in Germolene, and it acts as a disinfectant and an antiseptic. It’s used widely used in the medical industry and, in its natural form, is used as a steriliser of medical instruments. Chlorhexidine Digluconate when consumed by your dog, can be toxic. However, following the above advice, if you use Germolene correctly, it’s okay for your dog to be a short-term solution. This is why it’s important not to let your dog lick the area of concern after applying the cream.

Cetostearyl Alcohol

Cetostearyl Alcohol is considered safe for application on the skin and hair. It’s less drying and than other alcohol type ingredients.

Light Liquid Paraffin

Light Liquid Paraffin is highly refined mineral oil, and it’s well used within the cosmetics industry and the medical industry. Liquid paraffin is different from paraffin; this type of fuel often gets confused with Liquid paraffin. Light Liquid Paraffin is considered safe and is a low toxicity risk.


Phenol acts as a mild local anaesthetic in the cream, and if ingested, is toxic to your dog. If it comes into contact with your dog’s eyes can make them sore. As the above states, you should not use it in or around your dog’s eyes. Contact a veterinarian straight away in the event of this happening.


Found in Germolene is Dimethicone; it’s an ingredient used to soften and moisturise the skin. Dimethicone also helps reduce the skin from flaking and itching.

Signs of Germolene toxicosis

  • Weakness
  • Anaemia
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss


Germolene is okay for dogs and is well used by several dog owners. However, I recommend long-term use using an antiseptic cream made for dogs; it saves you unnecessary worrying. However, in the meantime, use Germolene or Sudocrem if your dog has a sore now. Learn here about Sudocrem as it carries similar risks but is also safe for short-term use on a dog. I hope I have answered your questions on Germolene and given you an insight into the possible dangers to be aware of and ways to keep your dog safe.

Happy dog parenting!

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