What, if any, human pain relievers (i.e. aspirin, ibuprofen, acetominophen,etc)
would be able to be given to a dog? Are there any dosage recommendations?
Our Vet Says:
NO there are no
recommendations on the dosage for human pain relief medicine administered to
dogs because they should NOT be given to this species. If given to dogs they can
induce serious health problems.
Aspirin can lead to digestive
upsets and gastric ulcers, may cause kidney damage, blood protein imbalances,
seizures and coordination problems. Some aspirin based product have other
substances included (caffeine, codeine) which are deadly to dogs.
Ibuprofen has more or less the same
side effect as aspirin with the note that its safety margins for dose are
stricter and it is the number one substances causing intoxication in dogs in
Acetaminophens are safer for use in
dogs but I would not recommend their use. It can interact with other medications
and being an ingredient used for people not much studies were performed to fully
understand its way of action in pets.
If you are looking for pain relief
the active ingredient carprofen is licensed for use in dogs. The most widely
known pain relief and anti inflammatory product based on carpofen is Rimadyl,
but there are other alternatives available; for example: dexamethasone,
Please read the informational
leaflet before administering it to your pet. If you need more information on
dose please consult your veterinarian.
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