Can Desitin be harmful?

Toxicity: Both zinc oxide and the inactive ingredients in diaper rash cream are minimally toxic. Ingestion of a mouthful or less is expected to cause a mild laxative effect at worst.

What happens if a dog eats Desitin cream?

Desitin is not inert. The zinc oxide can absolutely be toxic, luckily most dogs vomit multiple times after ingesting the cream and detoxify themselves. Small dogs can sometimes retain enough of the cream to cause zinc toxicity. This can cause hemolytic anemia – the destruction of red blood cells.

What can diaper rash creams do to dogs?

Many diaper rash creams contain zinc oxide, others contains vitamins. Typically the big concern with these creams is that can be very irritating to the GI tract. The creams can be aspirated (get in the lungs) if dogs vomit them up, leading to serious or even life-threatening aspiration pneumonia.

Can you use Desitin on a diaper rash?

If you are using this product to help treat diaper rash, clean the diaper area well before use and allow the area to dry before applying the product. If you are using this product to help treat radiation skin burns, check with radiation personnel to see if your brand can be applied before radiation therapy.

Are there any over the counter uses for Desitin?

Uses For Desitin. Zinc oxide topical cream is used to treat and prevent diaper rash. It is also used to protect skin from being irritated and wet caused by diaper use. This medicine is available as an over-the-counter (OTC) product.

What happens if your dog eats a diaper?

Human feces is full of bacteria (it is more than half bacteria by weight ), many of which may make your dog sick. Adult dogs have pretty robust immune systems, so this isn’t likely to make your dog seriously ill, but it may cause vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms.

What happens if you give your dog zinc oxide cream?

If your dog has ingested zinc oxide cream or zinc in the pure form, he will begin to develop symptoms rapidly. The most common symptom is vomiting. Other symptoms that may occur are: Many ointments that contain zinc oxide are combined with other ingredients.

What should I do if my dog vomits ointment?

If your dog has self-vomited, or if the veterinarian induced vomiting, there will be evidence of the ointment in the substance. Your veterinarian will depend on the dog’s clinical signs and any information you can give him in terms of the ingestion of this compound or mineral.