Mercaptobenzothiazole Uses for Dogs

by Pamela Meadors
 

This pup has an itch that won't go away.

Mercaptobenzothiazole is the active ingredient in some topical skin medications for dogs. It's an agent that treats areas of acute moist dermatitis -- commonly known as "hot spots," and it treats minor cuts and scrapes.

Mercaptobenzothiazole for Pups

Hot spots are self-inflicted skin lesions caused by excessive scratching or repeated licking and biting. A variety of behaviors can set them off -- something as simple as an itch or as grave as a bacterial or fungal infection -- so it is important to see a veterinarian for diagnosis before beginning any treatment. An ointment or cream with mercaptobenzothiazole will help dry the area, and reduce redness and swelling. Some humans show a slight allergic reaction to this medication, so use gloves when you're applying it to Fido.

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