Externally, cats are totally fine to use Vaseline or petroleum jelly. It is appropriate for their skin in the same way that it is for ours. As a result, any rough skin or pain that makes them feel unpleasant can be alleviated by using small quantities of Vaseline. However, like us, they don't like the feeling of it on their stomach or inside their mouth so use it sparingly and only when necessary.
Surprisingly, some cats will consume unflavored Vaseline or generic petroleum jelly, which is a suitable replacement. We do not advocate administering mineral oil on its own since it is easily ingested by the cat and can cause deadly lung poisoning. However, if you must give your cat oil in addition to food, be sure to only offer a small amount at a time.
Do not give cats human medicine; they are not designed to handle drugs of this nature. If your feline friend does eat something that has been given to another cat, they may feel poorly and seek help from a veterinarian. Some cats who have eaten petroleum jelly report feeling better after eating it, but many others complain about feeling sicker than before they ate it. Either way, don't give them more unless you want to see them suffer.
If you are unsure whether or not to give your cat oil, ask for advice from someone who knows more about treating illness in felines. They might suggest something else instead. For example, if you know that your cat is allergic to certain foods, then an alternative diet could be recommended instead of oil.
In conclusion, don't give cats human medicine; they are not designed to handle drugs of this nature. Don't give them more than what has been prescribed by a vet either; some patients can develop complications if too much oil is consumed.
Applying Vaseline or other petroleum jelly to your cat's nose for cold symptoms is preferable than treating hairballs. If he has a cold and his nose is dry, the Cat Health Guide suggests adding a dab of petroleum jelly to it as a moisturizer. This will aid in the prevention of painful cracks. Keep in mind that cats do not like anything sticky so use caution not to fill their noses completely.
If you apply petroleum jelly to your cat's nose regularly, then this action itself will help prevent hairballs form forming. The lubricant softens the material inside the stomach and intestines reducing the irritation caused by food particles.
While Vaseline is not dangerous to dogs, most will be enticed to lick it off their skin. Vaseline applied to your dog's dry skin can help with dry or cracked paws, which is wonderful until your dog begins licking them. If you apply the grease to his face, chances are he'll rub it in and you won't have any problems.
Vaseline has various uses for dogs, from protecting their teeth to aiding with arthritis pain. You can apply the grease to your dog's teeth once a day and he should not have any issues with it; if he does, go ahead and get rid of the leftover powder. Dogs love smelling nice and this will only help make them feel more comfortable.
If you want to use Vaseline to aid with joint pain, just smear a small amount between your fingers and massage into the affected area. This method may not work for everyone, but for some dogs it has been known to reduce their need for pain medication at the vet's office.
Overall, Vaseline is not harmful to dogs, but they definitely enjoy putting it in their mouths so keep that in mind before you offer the treat. If you choose to give your dog something else to eat or drink instead, that's up to you. But for now, let him lick his balls in peace!