Hydrogen Peroxide

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HI-drah-jen pa-ROX-ide - Pronunciation guide

Brand Names

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3% Solution


Hydrogen peroxide has been used for many years as an antiseptic and anti-bacterial agent because of its oxidizing effects. It is used for sterilizing, cleaning, and treating everything from floors and surgical equipment to abrasions.


In horses, hydrogen peroxide is used in cleaning wounds, treating fungal infections, removing or debriding dead tissue, stopping capillary bleeding from small vessels in abrasions and other injuries, and in disinfecting equipment and stable areas.

Hydrogen peroxide is also recommended for anthrax decontamination.

Dosage and Administration

Hydrogen Peroxide
Method Dosage
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Concentration Period Duration
Topical As needed 3% solution As needed NA


  • Apply freely to cleanse cuts, abrasions and wounds. In addition to its germicidal activity, the effervescence of hydrogen peroxide is beneficial to mechanically remove pus and debris from wounds.

Side Effects

None mentioned in literature.


Hydrogen peroxide may cause mild damage to open wounds, but is considered effective in treatment because of its ability to stop capillary bleeding.

Hydrogen peroxide is poisonous if ingested in a sufficient amount.


None mentioned in literature.


Overdose from accidental ingestion may cause burns in the mouth, body pain, and colic. Call a veterinarian or a poison control center immediately if accidental ingestion occurs.


Hydrogen Peroxide KitHydrogen Peroxide Kit

Hydrogen Peroxide Surgical KitHydrogen Peroxide Surgical Kit



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