Salve on Kitty’s Bottom >^..^<

Would you ever consider using Bag Balm instead of a Calendula Salve (prescribed and prepared by a holistic veterinarian) on a kitty’s inflamed and irritated bottom (rectum)?       -Email Question-

The Calendula salve prepared by your holistic veterinarian sounds like a great idea for the kitty’s bottom as it does have very good healing benefits for her including reduction of pain and swelling, wound healing and new tissue growth.  You need to see if it is helping or not… if you introduce a new variable (Bag Balm), hard to determine a correlation if there is improvement.

Bag Balm…Not for Use on Dogs or Cats

Also, I have used Bag Balm for my horse (mare) many times in the past, but I don’t think it should ever be used for a kitty as she will definitely be licking it off.  The Bag Balm is meant only as a topical (not meant to be ingested) originally formulated for cows udders/teats…horses and cows cannot really reach their teats/udders to lick it so it’s not an issue… Here are the ingredients in the Bag Balm…

The active ingredients of Bag Balm are 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.3% (antiseptic) in a petroleum jelly USP and lanolin base.

If you look at the MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheet) the 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate is not safe for ingestion, in fact quite the contrary.  The MSDS is at 100% vs. 30%, but still not something that should be ingested.  Here’s a link for the MSDS sheet: .  Just as with humans, cats should never ingest Bag Balm as it is “hazardous if ingested.”

Hence, the Calendula salve that was prescribed by your holistic veterinarian would be the best product to use.  I’m confident that the salve base that your veterinarian uses is “safe if ingested” and only contains Calendula which is safe and therapeutic if the kitty licks it off.

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