Animax Ointment
Animax Ointment
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Four active ingredients design an antimicrobial and corticosteroid combination prescribed for cats and dogs' dermatological conditions
Nystatin is an antifungal antibiotic
Neomycin Sulfate has antimicrobial functions against bacterial and fungal infections within the body
Treats acute and chronic otitis (i.e., ear infections), dermatitis, and interdigital cysts

Animax Ointment

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At a Glance
Four active ingredients design an antimicrobial and corticosteroid combination prescribed for cats and dogs' dermatological conditions
Nystatin is an antifungal antibiotic
Neomycin Sulfate has antimicrobial functions against bacterial and fungal infections within the body
Treats acute and chronic otitis (i.e., ear infections), dermatitis, and interdigital cysts

Ultimate Guide to Animax Ointment

Meet the Pet Dermatologic Antimicrobial: Animax Ointment!

Animax Ointment is an antimicrobial (antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory) ointment applied for treatment of dermatological disorders in dogs and cats. These conditions include dermatitis, otitis, and furuncles. Animax Ointment is a topical ointment given as much as required to give much needed epidermal relief to your pets.

What are the Animax Ointment active ingredients?

Nystatin, Neomycin Sulfate, Thiostrepton, and Triamcinolone Acetonide.

How does Animax Ointment's four active ingredients work together?

Animax Ointment is a topical medication that works against the bacterial skin infections in dogs and cats, such as eczema-related dermatitis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic (i.e., scalp) dermatitis, and helps manage parasite-borne dermatitis. The ointment fights against bacterial infections with the above four components.

Nystatin is an antifungal antibiotic that is a remedy against skin fungal infractions, such as those caused by yeast. Neomycin Sulfate has antimicrobial functions against bacterial and fungal infections within the body (e.g., treatment after bowel surgery or treatment in removing intestinal toxins for hepatic coma patients).

Thiostrepton is a highly effective antibiotic against gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial organisms in dermatologic disorders. Triamcinolone Acetonide is a corticosteroid that facilitates quick symptom relief and healing.

The antimicrobial and corticosteroid combination in Animax Ointment makes it an effective antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory prescribed for cats and dogs.

How is Animax Ointment administered?

Animax Ointment is administered to the affected area, whether skin or ears, as much as required. This means that a usual dosage can range from once daily, twice or thrice daily, once a week, or as often as required. Due to the severity of your pet's skin condition or when improvement is observed, a vet will prescribe the suitable dosage.

You will find specific administration instructions as well as safety requirements on the box. On the skin, clean the affected area and spread the ointment thinly. For the ears, clean the ear canal and apply three to five drops of the ointment. For glands or cysts, drain them before application. Wear gloves during or wash hands after application.

What are the precautions of which you should be aware?

Do not give to those dogs or cats who are/have:

  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Hypersensitive to any of the four ingredients
  • Higher degree infections, abscesses, or deep wounds
  • A ruptured eardrum

Animax Ointment is not to be used in ears until a veterinary inspection of the ear has been done. Animax Ointment is extremely allergic to eyes or areas around the eyes. One must have a prescription from a licensed veterinarian to use this product.

What are the potential side effects of which you should be aware?

Report to your veterinarian if any of the below side effects occur.

Weight gain may indicate that the steroids have been absorbed. Polydipsia (excessive thirst) and polyuria (increased urination) has been observed during corticosteroid use. Prolonged steroid therapy or dosage of the medication might contribute to Cushing's syndrome. Rare side effects are vomiting and (occasionally bloody) diarrhea.

Treatment must be discontinued immediately if the dog experiences hearing loss or dysfunction, or allergic reactions such as redness, irritation or swelling.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is the difference between Animax Ointment for dogs versus cats?

    No observed differences.

  2. What is Animax Ointment?

    Animax Ointment is an antimicrobial (antibacterial, antifungal, and antiinflammatory) ointment applied in treating dermatological disorders in dogs and cats. These include types of dermatitis, otitis (ear), and interdigital cysts (feet). Animax Ointment is a topical ointment given as much as required to give much needed epidermal relief to your pets.

  3. What if my dog licks Animax Ointment?

    If your dog licks Animax Ointment, it is not extremely toxic, and has been well tolerated. It is rare to cause an adverse undesirable reaction to the cat or dog's skin or soft tissue.

  4. Can I try Triamcinolone for dogs? 

    Yes. One of Animax Ointment's active ingredients Triamcinolone is a prescription corticosteroid for dogs and cats that reduces inflammation in the body and is used to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and to treat a variety of diseases including allergies, autoimmune disorders and skin conditions.

  5. What are the Animax dosage amounts that are available? 

    7.5 mL, 15 mL, and 30 mL applicator tubes (i.e., pipettes).

Concluding Thoughts

The most important thing that you should know about Animax Ointment is its antimicrobial power to treat a variety of dermatological disorders in and give epidermal relief to your dogs and cats.

DISCLAIMER: FDA law restricts Animax Ointment to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian for the best pet health care advice. As with all drugs, side effects may occur. Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427. This informative article is not meant to substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and professional advice from your veterinarian or other qualified professionals regarding a medical condition. Ask your veterinarian whether Animax Ointment is suitable for your dog. Follow dosage recommendations as prescribed by your licensed veterinarian, as the severity of your pets skin condition will dictate different medication amounts and other specifications.

Is Animax an Antibiotic?
Answer

Animax is a prescription topical ointment used to treat a host of ear and skin disorders in dogs and cats. The medication is proven to be effective against a wide range of bacteria, yeast, and fungi. It's a complex compound containing neomycin, thiostrepton, triamcinolone, and nystatin. Of these, nystatin is an antifungal, triamcinolone is a corticosteroid, and the remaining two are antibiotics. So, yes, Animax ointment is an antibiotic for dogs and cats,

How Do You Use Animax Ointment?
Answer

There is a detailed procedure to apply Animax ointment to cats and dogs. The first step to applying Animax ointment is to remove the excess hair from the infected area on your pet's body. Next up, clean and dry the infection site entirely before applying the ointment. Once you have shaved and applied the ointment, closely monitor your pet. It is advisable to prevent your dog or cat from licking the affected areas where the ointment is for at least 20 to 30 minutes. This will ensure that the ointment is completely dry and absorbed at the infection site. Additionally, wear gloves while applying the ointment for safety and if not, wash your hands completely once you are done using the ointment.

What if My Dog Licks Animax Ointment?
Answer

In case your attention was diverted for a split second, and your dog managed to lick Animax ointment before you could stop it, do not worry. According to reports, Animax is not entirely toxic and is well tolerated by most dogs and cats. The ointment is unlikely to cause any undesirable or adverse reaction to the soft tissues when ingested. However, be very cautious while using the medication from going into the eyes or area around the eyes. Moreover, refrain from using the medication on pregnant or nursing animals, animals allergic to any of the four active ingredients, abscesses, deep wounds or ruptured eardrums.

How Fast Does Animax Ointment Work?
Answer

It may take several weeks for the Animax ointment to show effects. It all depends on the severity of the condition in your pet. Similarly, the frequency of administration also relies on the severity of the condition. For mild infections, the dosage might range from once a day to once per week. As for severe infections, the frequency of ointment application increases to as often as two to three times a day. The frequency of administration should be tapered as and when the pet starts showing signs of improvement.

Is Animax Used for Hot Spots?
Answer

Yes, the four active ingredients in the Animax ointment can treat hotspots in dogs and cats. The underlying cause of a hot spot in dogs can be anything that causes a severe itch. These can range from fleas, mites, food allergy, airborne allergy, insect bites, and poor hygiene, among others. If you see signs of intense itching, the sudden appearance of a warm and swollen patch of skin, pus exuding lesions with foul smell, and rapid loss of hair in that particular spot.

Can I Use Animax Ointment on My Dogs Paws?
Answer

Yes, pet parents can use Animax ointment on a dog's paws without causing any serious health hazard to your pet. There are several things to keep in mind, though. Paws are the easiest part of a dog's body for it to lick the medicine clean. Therefore, ensure that your dog doesn't lick the medication off before it gets time to absorb. If necessary, put a collar cone to prevent the dog from licking. Wash your dog's paws with antibacterial soap at least two to three times a day. Apply Animax ointment only after washing with the antibacterial soap. Follow this routine twice or thrice a day for the next week or so. In case there's no improvement, consult your veterinarian.

How Do You Apply Animax Ointment to a Dog's Ear?
Answer

The box of Animax ointment carries all necessary instructions for application and safety requirements. On superficial infections, dog parents must clean the area thoroughly and apply the ointment thinly. For the ear canal, lift the ear flap of your dog's ear and administer three to five drops of ointment directly into the ear canal. Make sure to wear gloves while applying or wash your hands thoroughly after the application.

Is Animax the Same as Neosporin?
Answer

Animax is a topical ointment that's applied directly to your pet's skin. The medication is quite similar to antibacterial ointment meant for human use like Neosporin and Neomycin. One of the active ingredients in Animax neomycin.

Triamcinolone acetonide, nystatin, thiostrepton, and neomycin sulfate, with a polyethylene and mineral oil base

Animax Ointment, a generic equivalent to Panalog, is a medication applied in treating dermatological disorders in animals. The antimicrobial and corticosteroid combination in the medicine makes it an effective antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory ointment prescribed for cats and dogs. The ointment also finds use in eczema related dermatitis, contact dermatitis and also supplements the management of parasite-borne dermatitis in animals. The therapeutic effects that the medication provides is due to the four active ingredients; Nystatin, Neomycin Sulfate, Thiostrepton and Triamcinolone Acetone. Nystatin is an antifungal antibiotic, which forms an active remedy against infections affecting the skin. Neomycin possesses antimicrobial functions and Thiostrepton is highly active against gram-positive organisms. Triamcinolone Acetone, a corticosteroid, helps in relieving the symptoms quickly and facilitates healing. The combined action of all four components works against the bacterial infections in animals.

Since the ointment contains corticosteroids, it may cause severe thirst and urination in the animal when injected or when taken orally. Side effects include great thirst, increased urination, vomiting and diarrhea. If weight gain occurs, this may indicate that the medicinal steroids have been absorbed and should be reported to a veterinarian. If hearing loss occurs when used in otitis management, treatment should be discontinued immediately. Serious side effects can occur if used during pregnancy.

Prolonged dosage of medication might contribute to Cushingโ€™s syndrome. Though reported to have occurred in rare instances, you cannot rule out the chances for vomiting and diarrhea. Temporary loss of hearing and reaction to neomycin are other related side effects to the medicine.


Do not use the medicine without prescription. As the ointment is a combination of four ingredients, it should not be used in animals that are hypersensitive to any one or all four of individual components. Animax ointment is not meant for higher degree infections or deep wounds. Neomycin may trigger allergy in certain cases; stop medication on encountering symptoms like redness, irritation and swelling. Animax is not to be used in ears, unless a veterinary inspection of the ear has been done. Ointment is extremely allergic to eyes or areas around the eyes, and the medication should be discontinued on instances when hearing loss is detected.

To apply, clean the affected area and spread the ointment thinly. Wash your hands thoroughly after administering the cream or wear gloves during application. To administer to the ears, first make sure that the ear canal is clean and clear of foreign objects, and then apply 3-5 drops of Animax Ointment.

The dosage ranges from daily once or weekly once, to twice or thrice daily or as often as required, depending on the severity of infection. However, the dosage can be reduced as and when an improvement is registered.

Follow dosage recommendations as prescribed by your veterinarian, as the severity of your pets skin condition will dictate different medication amounts. Always drain infected glands or cysts before applying Animax ointment.

Store at room temperature; avoid excessive heat (104ยฐF).

Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427.

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website. Our medications are FDA approved and/or EPA regulated when and as required by law.

Animax Ointment is manufactured by Dechra
Option UPC/SKU
7.5ml 304620122754
15ml 304620122150
30ml 304620122303

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