Corticosteroids are used in both human and veterinary medicine in both topical and oral formulations. Topical steroid creams or ointments, which generally contain common ingredients like betamethasone, hydrocortisone, and triamcinolone, have a wide margin of safety when ingested. Accidental ingestion in dogs and cats can result in mild signs of gastrointestinal distress (., vomiting, diarrhea); this is typically secondary to the petroleum-based carrier in the topical form. However, some topical creams are contain more dangerous active ingredients which can be fatal when ingested (., calcipotriene, 5-FU, diclofenac, etc.); when in doubt, confirm the active ingredients with your pharmacy or by calling Pet Poison Helpline. For the oral form of corticosteroids, toxic ingestions can result in stomach ulcers, gastroenteritis, and rarely, stomach rupture. Clinical signs of corticosteroid toxicity includes vomiting, bloody vomitus, black-tarry stool, diarrhea (with or without blood), inappetance, abdominal pain, increased thirst/urination/appetite, and excessive panting.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take mometasone or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to mometasone. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.