Is It Safe to Give Human Medications to Dogs?

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There are many different kinds of medications humans take that can also be administered to dogs for minor ailments. Not all meds we are prescribed are safe for our pets, but these are some of the most common over-the-counter ones that do no harm at all and might even save you a few bucks!

Benadryl – Small doses of ½ a mg per pound can be administered to your dog every 8 hours to relieve their allergies or itchiness. No more than 2 mg per pound should be given to any dog.
Aspirin – If your dog is in pain, a light 5 mg dosage of a buffered aspirin per pound every 12 hours can help ease it. Do NOT give your dog Tylenol or ibuprofen which are known to harm pet’s tummies.
Imodium AD – Pets with diarrhea that persists longer than 2 days can find relief with a little Imodium AD. The recommended dosage is one ml per pound given to your pooch pal every 8 hours until they’re back to normal.
Pepto Bismol – Ease your pup’s upset stomach with a little Pepto! If your dog has been having diarrhea, excessive gas or vomiting, give him or her 1 tsp of Pepto Bismol per 5 pounds every 6 hours.

Medications to completely avoid because they could be fatal if ingested by your dog include, but are not limited to, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Prozac, Lexapro, Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin, Xanax, Ambien, Lunesta, estrogen, and any kind of cholesterol lowering agent such as Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor.

If you’re going to give your dog medication, you might find it a lot easier with a liquid form rather than a pill. Giving your dog a pill can be a hard task because they can easily spit it out. You can dispense a few drops on to their food to try to mask it so you know for sure your dog takes the full dosage.

About the author

Dr. Madison Finch

My name is Madison and I'm a veterinarian. One of my strengths is taking a dull, dry topic and crafting it into something sparkly and bright to engage readers; and I specialize in creating animal health content, written for pet owners in an entertaining style.
I have extensive experience in the pet health niche, ranging from ghost-writing for top-ranking blogs to working as a developmental editor for veterinary textbooks.


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