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All About Neosporin in Treating Eye Infection in Cats

All About Neosporin in Treating Eye Infection in Cats

Many cat owners are curious as to whether they can use Neosporin to treat their cat's eye infection. Our Danbury vets explain why human medications like Neosporin should never be used to treat issues that our cats develop.

What is Neosporin?

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

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

Although both of these treatments are very effective in treating humans, they are not approved for use on cats or recommended for use on cats!

Why You Shouldn't use Neosporin on Your Cat's Eye Infection

The simple truth is that cats are biologically different from humans in countless ways. Many medications that people reach for regularly can be extremely toxic to our feline friends. Not only that, the compact size of house cats means that even small amounts of toxic substances can cause severe reactions in cats.

One of the active ingredients in Neosporin (and other triple antibiotic treatments) called Polymyxin B has been linked to anaphylaxis and death in cats. Although such reactions are rare, the majority of these cases have been linked to the ophthalmic products administered to cats to treat eye infections. 

Caring for Your Cat's Eyes

If your cat is showing signs of an eye infection, call your vet to book an examination. There are a host of causes of eye issues in cats so getting the right treatment for your cat as quickly as possible could help to prevent further complications, and may help to preserve your pet's eyesight.

Any concerns you have with your cat's eyes would be best diagnosed and treated by an ocular specialist.

Is your cat experiencing an eye issue? Contact our Danbury vets to have your cat diagnosed and treated.

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