Can I use Sudocrem on my dog?

It all started in the UK in 1931, and the formula has been untouched ever since. It's a medicated antiseptic cream, mainly used to treat a nappy rash on babies. However, there are many added benefits of Sudocrem and is very versatile. But what about our dogs?
A pot of Sudocrem and a Jack Russell dog
Is Sudocrem safe to use on dogs?

Does your dog often scratch in the same area, causing sores? My dog used to, whenever he itched the same spot over and over, he used to make a red mark and sometimes lose a little bit of fur. He didn’t have a skin condition or anything serious like that. He was I guess just being a dog, and having a good scratch and overdoing it. I found Sudocrem was my hero and my dog’s hero also, takes just a couple of days to see the results, but it’s a perfect solution to aid skin problems for all types of dogs. After all, it’s great for babies, so why not for dogs.

Can I use Sudocrem on my dog? Yes, you can use Sudocrem on dogs, its harmful to dogs when applied correctly. However, there are a few essential factors to be aware of before you consider using it. Such as is your dog a frequent self chewer, or a self licker, and also the amount you use and where you use it is essential to know. Let us run through the best practices of using Sudocrem on dogs.

What is Sudocrem?

It all started in the UK in 1931, and the formula has been untouched ever since. It’s a medicated antiseptic cream, mainly used to treat a nappy rash on babies. However, there are many added benefits of Sudocrem and is very versatile. The cream is top-rated stuff and is perfect for dry skin, nappy rash, acne, minor cuts, sunburn, chilblains, eczema, and burns. I personly use it on my forehead when I get a flare-up of dry skin. I put a bit on before bed, wake up the next morning, and it’s much better.
As you can see, Sudocrem has many benefits to us humans. But what about our dogs? It’s not made specifically for dogs, but yes it works wonders. Sudocrem not only heals the wound but also soothes it for your dog. Its contains antibacterial, antifungal agents and a weak anaesthetic. It also has a water repellent base and emollient agents.

Never use Sudocrem in or around your dogs

  • Eyes
  • Mouth
  • Nose
  • Ears

You can use safely on your dogs

  • Base of tail
  • Tail
  • Legs
  • Paws
  • Neck
  • Head
  • Back
  • Belly
  • Bum

The amount to use

Depending on the external area that you want to apply the Sudacrem too, choosing only from the “can use safely list above”. You only want to use a small amount and work it in if possible. If the area is to sore then dab the area gently with Sudocrem. Don’t put loads and loads on as it will only temp your dog to lick it off. Be aware it’s pretty greasy, and you may not want to let your dog up on the sofa or in your bed when you have applied it. The oily texture is known to leave a marks furnishing however after a short time though it should soak into the skin.

Perfect for

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

When to apply Sudocrem

Apply it to a clean wound only, with the correct amount. I also never applied it at night on my dog, as you need to keep an eye on them, in case they start to lick the Sudocem off or have an allergic reaction to the cream.

What’s is in Sudocrem antiseptic healing cream?

Zinc Oxide

Zinc Oxide is the most toxic ingredient within the cream, although used correctly within the Sudocrem it’s okay for your dog. However, on its own or large amounts of Sudocrem, it’s pretty toxic to dogs. This is why when you apply the Sudocrem, make sure your dog doesn’t lick it or get his or her paws on the Sudocrem pot. As an owner, it’s your responsibility to make sure that they are kept safe.

Lanolin (Hypoallergenic)

Lanolin is wool grease produced by the sheep’s sebaceous glands and is widely used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulas. It’s high in fat and gives a soothing, slippery texture. It’s perfect for irritated skin and reduces itching and flaking caused by the irritation. No sheep are harmed when extracting the Lanolin, its found in the wool that’s sheared from them. Shearing a sheep is a routine procedure, and they need shearing to be able to survive.

Benzyl Alcohol

Benzyl Alcohol is a mild local anaesthetic in the cream; it acts as a cleanser. It’s low toxicity and low vapour pressure. It’s a natural substance and is safe when applied and used correctly in creams. The ingredient is commonly used across many skincare brands and makeup brands.

Benzyl Benzoate

Benzyl Benzoate is an organic compound; it’s used as an insect repellent. Also, a medication for lice and to treat scabies. In creams its mainly used for fragrance, a solvent, a plasticiser or a preservative. Its has low toxicity in animals. Naturally, it comes from Ylang-Ylang, cinnamon, rosewood, Peruvian balsam and vanilla.

Benzyl Cinnamate

This substance is mainly used as a fragrance in creams and oils. You will find this ingredient in many perfumes, hair products, lotions, aftershaves, colognes.

Zinc Oxide Toxicosis

When applying it to dogs, please make sure you’re supervising them when using the cream. The main ingredient is Zinc Oxide, and in large amounts, it is a toxic substance when consumed. Don’t let your dog lick the Sudocrem. If you believe your dog has licked the Sudocrem, or the pot, here are the signs to look out for and If your dog has swallowed a large amount, take your dog to a veterinary professional.

Signs of Zinc Oxide toxicosis.

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

Conclusion

Sudocrem is okay for dogs and is well used by several dog owners. I hope I have answered your questions and also given you an insight into the possible dangers to be aware of and ways in which you can keep your dog safe. I hope the cream works well for your dog.

About the Author

Teresa loves animals and travelling around the UK! She currently has two dogs and two cats. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge of pets. Qualified Dog Groomer and currently studying Canine Behaviour. She has been part of the Dog Friendly Team since 2016

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