Some human substances and medications are safe to use with animals, and some are not. Vaseline and Neosporin are among those that are safe. Naturally, this article is not a substitute for the advice of your veterinarian, so contact him if you have any doubts.
Vaseline for Cold Care
One use of Vaseline for kittens is to ease a cold symptom. Sometimes when kittens or cats have upper respiratory infections, or colds, their noses get dry instead of runny. This can lead to the skin on the nose cracking, making him even more uncomfortable. To prevent this, dab a bit of Vaseline on it while the dryness lasts.
Vaseline for Hairball Control
Another use for Vaseline on kittens is hairball control. You can buy over-the-counter gels specifically formulated to help prevent cats or kittens spitting up the fur they swallow when grooming. But if you have Vaseline on hand, there is no need. Simply dab a bit of Vaseline on your kitty's paw. He will instinctively lick it off and swallow it. The lubrication will help hairballs pass instead of getting stuck and spit up.
Neosporin for Kitten Wound Care
Neosporin can also be used on kittens to help heal a wound to the skin. First, clear any dirt, fur or debris from the affected area. Then, you must apply an antiseptic solution to prevent microbial growth. Hydrogen peroxide is usually safe, but you should test for an allergic reaction on another patch of skin as a precaution. You can then apply Neosporin to the wound. Finally, you should cover the wound with an antiseptic pad. Any bandages should not be too tight.
A Word about Animals and Human Medications
While Neosporin and Vaseline are safe to use on kittens, many other human substances and medications are not. It is generally a better idea to buy health supplies made specifically for pets and keep them on hand. Remember to consult your vet if you have questions or concerns about any substance before using it with your pet.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
Leslie Carver has been a professional author since 2009. Her work appears on multiple websites. She has an associate's degree in English with progress toward her bachelor's at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been awarded an Outstanding Student Award in English and twice nominated for creative writing awards.