Equine Zinc oxide ointment
This product is used in horses to aid in the management of minor skin wounds and can be used as a sunblock to provide protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This product is available in the form of a topical ointment.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- Zinc oxide is an antiseptic and protects skin against sun damage
- Zinc oxide products are typically in a petrolatum and lanolin base containing oil of thuja and scarlet oil
- Applied topically
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- Used to treat or prevent minor skin irritations including sunburn
Zinc oxide ointment should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Read and follow the product label carefully in regards to the amount of cream to be used and the frequency of application.
Give the exact amount recommended and only as often as directed.
Apply this ointment for as long as directed.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
Avoid getting this product into your horse’s eyes, nose, or mouth.
Thoroughly clean and dry the area prior to ointment application.
Always wash your hands before and after applying any topical medication.
Discuss with your veterinarian if you should apply any bandaging after applying the ointment to the affected area.
If treating a potentially contagious skin condition, consider using gloves to apply the medication and consult with your veterinarian about further measures to avoid spreading the infection.
If you are unsure how your horse will react to topical administration of an ointment, request assistance or demonstration by your veterinarian.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:Zinc oxide ointment should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight. Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
Potential side effects:
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your horse experiences any adverse reactions to this product
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your horse receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE USING THIS MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- The severity of your horse’s current skin condition
- Other appropriate wound/skin management recommendations
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- When your horse may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this product
- If your horse has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your horse has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your horse or plan to give your horse, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your horse’s medications can be given together.
- If your mare is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your horse’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
This product should not be used in horses intended for human consumption.
Check with the appropriate regulatory body regarding the use in competition horses.
As with all prescribed medication, Zinc oxide ointment should only be given to the horse for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Zinc oxide ointment. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was prescribed, please contact your veterinarian.