Silver Sulfadiazine for Pets
Posted on January 19 2012
Veterinarians often prescribe the use of silver sulfadiazine cream for pets with 2nd and 3rd degree burns to facilitate healing and reduce the chance of infection. Bacteria and yeast are likely to affect the wound leading to serious infection and additional health risks for the animal. Silver sulfadiazine is not a cure for all conditions and the veterinarian should be consulted prior to using this or any other medication on your animal.
Silvadene 1% has been used on cats, dogs, and horses to help aid the healing of burns and prevent infection. Application includes the topical use of the cream in a 1/16 inch layer over the affected area. Side effects such as skin irritation can occur in some cases, particularly in conjunction with other medications so care should be taken to inspect the affected area throughout the healing process. Additionally, as this is a topical ointment, care should be exercised to avoid contact with the eyes and mouth. It is not recommended to use silver sulfadiazine for pets if they are allergic, pregnant, or nursing.
Always make sure to consult a veterinary specialist before using silver sulfadiazine for pets. If suggested, cream should be applied once or twice daily to the affected area. If any side effects are noticed such as skin irritation, bruising, bleeding, or any other noticeable change, discontinue use immediately and consult your veterinarian.