Can You Use Hydrogen Peroxide On Dogs?

If you have a dog at home, chances are that your furry might have got some cuts/wounds at some point or the other. This will continue to happen in future, as long as your dog roams and plays around. As a dog owner, you are certainly concerned about it. So, what should you do at that moment? Can you use what you have in your medicine shelf? Probably, Neosporin? Well, I have already talked about Neosporin on my previous article here. Next is Hydrogen Peroxide. When you hear of this medication, a possible question hits your mind is — can you use Hydrogen Peroxide on Dogs? Is it really safe? To explain more about it, I have researched and explained everything in detail here.

What Is Hydrogen Peroxide?

Composed of oxygen and water, a germicidal agent, Hydrogen Peroxide is an unstable, viscous and colorless liquid with high oxidizing properties. It is usually diluted before being used. It is widely used in bleaches and disinfectants. However, when it comes to medicinal properties, we use Hydrogen Peroxide on infections, cuts and small wounds. It kills all the microorganisms and controls the burning process at the same time. It is non-toxic to humans, but when it comes to dogs, Hydrogen Peroxide can cause an infection. Read further to know.

Can You Use Hydrogen Peroxide On Dogs?

Can You Use Hydrogen Peroxide On Dogs?

Here Is The Answer:
Yes, you can use Hydrogen Peroxide on your dog, only if the wound is not deep or heavily infected. Before you use Hydrogen Peroxide on a dog, make sure to clean the injury thoroughly with mild soap & lukewarm water. Keep in mind that you can use Hydrogen Peroxide on dogs only once to cleanse and disinfect their wound. Repeated or excess use of H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) can break down the tissues and kill everything – the bad and the good. So, you could use Hydrogen Peroxide on your dog only as an initial cleaning and not more. Once you have cleaned the infected part with H2O2, clean it again with water and then apply a good antibacterial cream that is meant for dogs. Say for example: Vetericyn or Polysporin.

Don’t Use Hydrogen Peroxide If Your Dog’s Wound Is Deep

It is 100% okay to clean a minor or superficial cut/wound with Hydrogen Peroxide. But bear in mind that Hydrogen Peroxide is more like bleach. If your dog’s wound is deep, red, itching and excessively burning, do not do the mistake of using it. It turns out to be very strong for dogs and can damage even the good tissues too.

10 Uses Of Hydrogen Peroxide On Other Animals

Apart from treating minor cuts and wounds on dogs, Hydrogen Peroxide has a lot of uses on animals. Here are a few that I have heard of.

  1. Cleans litter boxes
  2. Cleans fish tanks
  3. Cleans poop, urine, barf and other messes your pet creates
  4. Cleans birds’ poop
  5. Cleans cages of parrot, rabbits, cats etc…
  6. Cleans bird baths
  7. Cleans fish ponds
  8. Cleans bird feeders
  9. Cleans water, feeding dishes (but avoid on a metal dish)
  10. Cleans abscesses and mild skin infections

A Natural Alternative To Hydrogen Peroxide ~ Tea Tree Oil

For some reason, if you do not wish to use Hydrogen Peroxide on your dog’s wound, a better natural alternative is Tea Tree oil. This organic antibiotic requires to be diluted before using on the wound though. A diluted form helps in minimizing the effect on your pet’s sensitive skin. Just take 1 to 2 drops of natural Tea Tree Oil and dilute with water. The best part is that dogs just hate its smell, so there is no fear that they will lick it or have it all ingested.

Make A Note Of This…

If you have a dog, you would have realized by now how important it is to keep few medicines handy. You cannot predict when your dog might be injured or falls sick. As a first aid, at least before you take your furry friend to a vet, there are certain medications that can help you save the situation and one of them is Hydrogen Peroxide. But, we also recommend you to take the advice your vet before giving it. H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) is something you need to always have at your home. Besides cleaning mild wounds on dogs, another vital use of H2O2 is that it can induce vomit whenever a dog has ingested drugs, spoiled food, foreign objects or other toxins.


Hope you are now clear with the question – can you use Hydrogen Peroxide on dogs, after reading my article. I would like to conclude that a deep injury or cut should never be treated with hydrogen peroxide. However, it is great on scrapes, abrasions and minor cuts on dogs (as well as cats). The only problem Hydrogen Peroxide is that it sting and fizzles after you apply on your dog. For a better first aid solution, use Betadine, as it safe on almost all critters.

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