Pet meds Spotlight: Human Pain Relievers Poisonous in Dogs

Today’s Pet meds Spotlight is on human pain relievers that are poisonous to dogs.  There are some pain relievers that are cross compatible between humans and dogs, but some of the most common pain relievers to humans can be poisonous to our four legged friends.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause liver damage in dogs. The toxic dose is 150 mg/kg.

Ibuprofen (Advil) can cause gastrointestinal irritation, stomach ulcers, and kidney damage in dogs.

Naproxen (Aleve) has a long half-life in dogs and can cause gastrointestinal irritation, anemia, melena (digested blood in feces), and vomiting.

Aspirin can be given, but it needs to be buffered, meaning that it has a coating that allows it be absorbed beyond the stomach as to not cause ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.

Always speak to your vet prior to administering any medication.

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