What Medicine Can I Give My Dog

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    Ever wonder what medicine you can give your dog.  Did your furry friend wake up sick this morning? Does she need to goto the vet or did she eat something that just disagreed with her.

    Pet lovers consider their dogs family members, so it’s natural they turn to their medicine cabinet to relieve their dog’s illness especially if the illness happens during the evening or weekend hours when their vet in unavailable. 

    While we don't recommend giving your furry friend  OTC medicine without speaking with your vet first, research shows there are human medicines that are safe for dogs. Before giving your dog human medicine follow these tips below and always check dosage and usage with your local vet.

    Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine): Relieves allergy symptoms and allergic reactions. These are usually safe for dogs, but they can cause drowsiness or hyperactivity. Make sure your OTC allergy medicine only contains an antihistamine and NO decongestants.  Decongestants are not safe for dogs and can be very harmful.  Dosage: 1 milligram for every pound, given twice daily

    Pepto-Bismal: is safe for dogs with upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea.  Dosage: 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of weight, every 4-6 hours

    Dramamine: helps with motion sickness and is safe for most. Dosage: 12.5 milligrams for small dogs, 25 milligrams for medium dogs and 50 milligrams for large dogs

    Neosporin: are common topical antibiotic creams used to treat minor cuts and scrapes. They’re safe for dogs, as long as they don’t contain steroids. Be sure to clean your dog’s wound before applying any antibiotic ointment and cover the wound, so your dog doesn’t lick it off.

    Hydrocortisone:   Is another popular OTC topical cream, is also safe for dogs to relieve itchy, raw or irritated skin. You can apply a small amount up to two times daily.

    Never give your dog Any over-the-counter pain medicine containing Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. These are dangerous and possibly fatal.

    **Remember to contact your local vet to confirm usage and dosage**

    Some veterinarians and animal experts  confirm you  can give Aspirin or Baby asprin for fever and pain relief.  Generally, they suggest 5-10 mg per pound. It's important to note a standard aspirin is 300 mg and a baby aspirin is 80 mg.

    Additionally, you can stop by your local Petco, Petsmart or Pet store and stock up on aspirin for dogs.  Nutri-Vet aspirin and Well & Good Aspirin are specific for pets.

    The dosage chart and guidelines are provided for informational purposes only and should not replace professional veterinary consultation and care. Contact your vet directly to see if aspirin is the right treatment for your dog.

    Pekingese, Affenpinschers, Miniature Fox Terrier, Toy breed

    10 lbs

    50-100 mg OR 1 baby aspirin

    Miniature Poodle, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, West Highland Terrier, Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, Pug,

    20 lbs

    100-200 mg OR 1/2 adult aspirin

    Beagle, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Border Collie

    30 lbs.

    150-300 mg OR 1/2 to 1 adult aspirin

    Samoyed, Vizsla, Shar-Pei, Australian Cattle, Bearded Collies, Basset Hounds, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier,

    40 lbs.

    200- 400 mg OR 1 adult aspirin

    American Cocker Spaniel, Airedale Terrier, Portuguese Water Dog, Beagle, Irish Setter

    50 lbs.

    250-500 mg OR 1 to 1-1/2 adult aspirin

    Staffordshire Terrier, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Afghan Hounds, German Shepherd,

    60 lbs.

    300-600 mg OR 1-2 adult aspirin

    American Staffordshire Terrier, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, Boxers,

    70 lbs

    350-700 mg OR 1-2 adult aspirin

    Akita, Cane Corso, Rottweiler

    80 lbs

    400-800 mg OR 2 adult aspirin

    German Shepherd Dog, Bloodhound, Chinook

    90 lbs

    450-900 mg or 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 adult

    Borzoi, Bullmastiff, Great Dane, Saint Bernard

    , American Bulldog, Greater Swiss,

    100 lbs

    500-1000 mg OR 2-3 adult aspirin


    **Remember to contact your local vet to confirm usage and dosage**