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Can I Use Neosporin To Treat My Cat's Eye Infection?

Can I Use Neosporin To Treat My Cat's Eye Infection?

Never give your cat medications meant for humans, especially without your veterinarian's say-so. Many over-the-counter medications serious, even life-threatening side effects in your feline friend. Today, our Cordova vet specialists explain why you should never use Neosporin to treat your cat's eye infection.

What is Neosporin?

Neosporin and Neosporin Ophthalmic are common treatments frequently found in first aid kits across the country.

  • Neosporin topical ointment is a common treatment for human cuts and scrapes which found in many people's first aid kits. Neosporin topical ointment and similar triple antibiotic ointments contain 3 active ingredients; neomycin, polymyxin B, and bacitracin.
  • Neosporin Ophthalmic eye drops are formulated to treat bacterial eye infections in people and contain gramicidin, neomycin, and polymyxin B ophthalmic.

Both of these treatments are very effective in treating humans but are not recommended, or approved for use on cats.

Why Can't I Use Neosporin For My Cat's Eyes?

There are countless ways that you and your cat are biologically different, including the medications that are safe to treat illness. Many medications that people reach for on a regular basis are extremely toxic to cats. Aside from this, a cat's small size means that even small amounts of a toxic substance can cause severe reactions in cats.

Polymyxin B (one of the active ingredients in Neosporin and other triple antibiotic treatments) has been linked to anaphylaxis (allergic shock) and death in cats. While such reactions are rare, most cases have been linked to the ophthalmic products administered to cats to treat eye infections.

Caring for Your Cat's Eyes

When it comes to your cat's eye health, it's always better to play it safe and err on the side of caution. If your cat is exhibiting signs of an eye infection call your vet to book an examination. There are a host of causes of eye issues in cats, getting the right treatment for your cat as quickly as possible can help to prevent complications from occurring down the road.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your cat has an eye-related emergency, contact Memphis Veterinary Specialists for urgent veterinary care. Our Cordova veterinary ophthalmologists are experienced in treating a variety of ocular conditions, illnesses and injuries in cats.

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