A St. Bernard-Husky mix has a painful hot spot on her front paw and licked it until it was red, bloody and sore. They also pulled out the fur around the spot to help it heal. Dog Health 02.01.2024

Bepanthen for dogs - areas of application and dosage

The correct dosage and use of Bepanthen.

Bepanthen is a tried and tested ointment to promote skin regeneration in dogs. It contains dexpanthenol, which is converted to pantothenic acid in the skin and supports cell regeneration. This makes Bepanthen ideal for treating minor wounds or cracked paws in dogs.

When should Bepanthen be avoided in dogs?

Although Bepanthen is generally safe, there are situations in which it should not be used, e.g. severe skin infections, open wounds or allergic reactions. In such cases, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian.

Tierarzt zeigt die Pfote eines Deutschen Schäferhundes in einer Klinik Depositphotos / Gaibru_Photo

The many uses of Bepanthen for dogs

Bepanthen is often used in dogs to treat small wounds, abrasions or cracked paws. It offers protection against infection and effectively supports the healing process.

Toxicity of Bepanthen for dogs: A safety overview

Bepanthen is generally non-toxic to dogs and is often used safely to treat minor skin injuries or irritations. The main active ingredient in Bepanthen, dexpanthenol, is safe for dogs when applied topically and in appropriate amounts. However, there is a risk that dogs may tend to lick the ointment off their skin or paws. This can lead to unwanted side effects.

If a dog licks off a significant amount of Bepanthen, this could lead to gastrointestinal discomfort. Symptoms may include nausea, diarrhea or vomiting. Although these reactions are usually mild, they can be unpleasant for the dog and should be avoided.

To prevent this, it is advisable to cover the treated area with a bandage or protective covering, at least until the ointment has been absorbed into the skin. Alternatively, the animal can be fitted with a neck collar (for example an Elizabethan collar) to prevent it from licking.

It is also important to use Bepanthen ointment sparingly and only apply a thin layer to prevent the dog from absorbing too much. Whenever applying Bepanthen or similar products to a pet, you should be vigilant and keep an eye on the animal to ensure that it does not try to lick the ointment off. It is always advisable to consult a vet if you are unsure or if side effects occur.

Alternatives to Bepanthen ointment for dogs

If Bepanthen is not available, there are a variety of special veterinary wound and healing ointments that can serve as alternatives. These ointments are specially formulated for the needs and skin conditions of animals. They often contain ingredients that promote skin regeneration, soothe inflammation and protect against infection. Some of these products may also contain ingredients such as aloe vera, tea tree oil or honey, which are known for their healing and soothing properties.

These alternative products are designed to be gentle and not cause irritation, which is particularly important as dogs tend to lick treated areas. They are generally safe to use and can be used for a variety of skin problems, from small abrasions and tears to larger wounds.(Please do not apply to large, bloody wounds - as shown in the picture).

Frische Wunden am Körper des Hundes Depositphotos / prapholl

Why Bepanthen is a good choice for your dog

Bepanthen is an excellent choice for treating minor skin problems in dogs. It is a safe and effective part of the pet first aid kit.

Frequently asked questions

  • Can Bepanthen speed up healing in dogs? Yes, Bepanthen can speed up healing and often works within a few hours.
  • How should Bepanthen be applied to dogs? Apply a thin layer to the affected area.
  • Are there safe alternatives to Bepanthen for my dog? Yes, special veterinary wound and healing ointments are a good alternative.
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