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Is it safe for my pet to lick lotion

dog licking vetcoDoes lotion taste good? You and I might not think so, but our pets may have a different opinion on the matter. Many lotions are infused with things that smell wonderful and your pet might think tastes good as well.

Most over the counter lotions are not going to cause a big problem for your pet. The might not be healthy for them but are not likely to hurt them either. That being said, it is a good idea to discourage them from licking or eating it. Small quantities are not likely to cause any issues but if they ate the whole bottle they will likely get an upset tummy and throw it up.

Prescription creams often contain steroids. Your doctor may have prescribed them to you or possibly to your pet as well. When used under direction these creams are safe, but it is still a good idea to discourage the licking. For one, if your dog licks it all off the you are not getting the medical benefit of the treatment and neither are they.

Steroidal creams can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting and increased thirst and urination.

Anti fungal creams can cause vomitting and diarrhea if ingested.


Diaper rash ointments contain zinc oxide and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It can cause a lot of vomiting. If you see blood in their vomit or stool contact your Albuquerque vet because it can mean there was gastrointestinal damage.

Calamine lotion also contains zinc oxide and can cause the same gastrointestinal issues as stated above.

Muscle Rubs contain an ingredient similar to aspirin. This can cause vomiting, bloody vomiting and stomach ulcers.

Sunscreen and antihistamine creams typically only cause stomach upset. But can cause vomiting, drooling and diarrhea is ingested in large quantities.
In general it is a good idea to not allow your pet to lick your creams, no matter what they are. If you think your pet has ingested a cream and are concerned, please call your Los Lunas veterinarian.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.