Bactroban & Dogs

by Caryn Anderson Google
    Only a veterinarian can prescribe Bactoderm.

    Only a veterinarian can prescribe Bactoderm.

    Dean Golja/Digital Vision/Getty Images

    Bactroban is the brand name of a prescription antibiotic for humans; its active ingredient is mupirocen. The canine version of the product is called Bactoderm; veterinarians prescribe it to treat skin infections. If your dog is suffering from a serious skin infection, such as staph or pyoderma, your veterinarian may prescribe Bactoderm, not Bactroban, to treat the infection.


    Mupirocin prohibits bacteria from spreading, as well as heals the infected area. The product is available in an ointment, a cream and a shampoo. Your veterinarian may ask you to apply Bactoderm twice daily, for a maximum period of 30 days, or may instruct you on proper shampoo schedule and application.


    Some dogs may be sensitive to mupirocin. It’s imperative to watch for further irritation after application to ensure your dog isn’t allergic or otherwise sensitive to the ointment. Pfizer, the maker of Bactoderm, warns that the product has not been tested for use on pregnant or breeding animals, and therefore should not be applied to pregnant or breeding dogs.

    Photo Credits

    • Dean Golja/Digital Vision/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Caryn Anderson combines extensive behind-the-scenes writing experience with her passion for all things food, fashion, garden and travel. Bitten by the travel bug at the age of 15 after a trip to Europe, Anderson fostered her love of style and fashion while living in New York City and earning her degree at New York University.

    Trending Dog Grooming Articles

    Have a question? Get an answer from a Vet now!