What is Fuciderm?
Fuciderm is available as a topical ointment or gel that can be applied to the skin of dogs. Fuciderm contains the active ingredients fucidic acid and betamethasone. Fuciderm for dogs is classified as a prescription only medication, or POM-V. This means that Fuciderm gel can only be dispensed by an online pet pharma...
What is Fuciderm?
Fuciderm is available as a topical ointment or gel that can be applied to the skin of dogs. Fuciderm contains the active ingredients fucidic acid and betamethasone. Fuciderm for dogs is classified as a prescription only medication, or POM-V. This means that Fuciderm gel can only be dispensed by an online pet pharmacy such as ourselves upon receipt of a valid vet prescription.
How does Fuciderm work?
Fuciderm contains both an antibiotic: fusidic acid, and an anti-inflammatory steroid – betamethasone. Fusidic acid is known as a bacteriostatic antibiotic. This group of antibiotics prevent bacteria from producing proteins. This in turn prevents bacterial replication and maintains a much lower bacterial population. The inability of bacteria to replicate means that the immune system is much more able to tackle the infection itself and deal effectively with the infection. The following bacteria are most significantly affected by Fuciderm?: Staphylococcus aureus, some staphylococci, Beta-hemolytic streptococci, Corynebacterium, and most clostridium species. Betamethasone is known as a glucocorticoid corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are used on the skin (topically) in order to reduce the inflammatory response that usually accompanies infection. Inflammation causes itchiness, reddening of the skin and sometimes pain. It is often these responses that cause animals to lick, rub or nibble incessantly at affected skin causing further damage.
What is Fuciderm used for?
Fuciderm is applied to skin to control infections. Often, fuciderm is used to treat a condition known as wet eczema a ‘hot spot’. These are areas of skin infection that can appear in any location upon a dog. They are often heavily infected with bacteria and can spread rapidly, often within a matter of hours. The skin typically appears wet – often with the dog’s saliva as a result of licking and also due to the exudate produced in response to infection. There may also be an unpleasant smell coming from the affected area and the underlying skin may seem red and ‘angry’ looking. Sometimes the dog will seem very uncomfortable if touched in the region of the infection. If your pet has any of these symptoms it is essential that you seek the advice of your vet who will rule out other potential causes of skin irritation. Often, within 48 hours of applying fuciderm for dogs, the skin will appear much improved and start to dry out. Sometimes oral antibiotics may be required in addition to fuciderm to combat an extensive infection.
How is Fuciderm administered?
Fuciderm gel or ointment is applied topically – directly to the skin. It is important that gloves are worn when applying the gel as it contains a steroid. It is also important that your pet does not lick the gel off following application, and it may be necessary to use an Elizabethan collar.
Fuciderm is available as a 5g, 15g or 30g gel.
A Veterinary Prescription is Required for Fuciderm