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Can we give human medicine to dogs?

Dog with human medicine

Can you give human medicine to your dog?

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Human medication should never be given without consulting your vet. If you’re worried your dog may be ill or in pain, contact your veterinarian and get an appointment as soon as you can.

By Dr Holly Graham BVMedSci BVMBVS MRCVS

Updated on the 22/02/2021, 11:03

Even if your pet can’t get an immediate appointment, it’s important to never rush to your medicines cabinet. Many medications are toxic to our pets, and without a diagnosis you could be doing more harm than good.

Always speak to your vet, they may be able to offer advice on the phone. Never attempt to treat your pet without veterinary advice.

What medicines for humans can you give to dogs?

No human medication should be given to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian. Many medications are toxic to our furry friends, and doses are never the same as they would be for humans. Giving medications without checking with your vet may make the problem worse, or even result in death. No human medications are safe to give unless expressly advised by your vet, and it’s unlikely your vet will recommend anything without a checkover first.

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Can dogs have painkillers?

No one wants to see their dog suffering or in pain, and many owners will reach for pain relief in an attempt to help their pet. Medications like ibuprofen are toxic in tiny doses, and should NEVER be given to your pet. Pet-safe analgesia is available from your veterinary surgeon, but your vet will need to be seen by a local practice before this can be dispensed. Unfortunately even pet prescription medications aren’t safe for all conditions, so never give anything without speaking to your vet first.

What medicine can you give a dog for pain?

When it comes to our pets, pain relief should always be left to the professionals. There are many different types of pain relief, and it’s important to let your vet decide which is most appropriate for your pet. Never given pain relief without speaking to your vet first, or you could make the situation much worse.

What can I give my dog for pain relief?

If you’re concerned that your pet is in pain or is suffering, contact your vet immediately. Natural remedies are unlikely to provide adequate pain relief, and it’s important to find out the cause of the illness or pain before attempting to treat at home. If you are interested in homeopathic or natural remedies, speak to your vet about what may be safe or effective. Remember that even natural herbs can make your pet sick.

CBD oil is recommended by lots of owners for pain control. This doesn’t contain THC which creates a ‘high’ and there isn’t any scientific evidence that it works. Anecdotal studies suggest it may be effective in some conditions, but always speak to your vet before administering any home treatments.

Can we give human medicines for dogs with fever?

Human medicines aren’t suitable to treat a fever. If your dog starts running a temperature, call the vet immediately. Never give your fur baby a human drug designed to reduce fever. Medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can cause poisoning, severe injury, and may well be fatal. The cause of the fever should always be investigated.

Veterinary surgeons and nurses spend many years learning about anatomy and medicine, and unfortunately animals aren’t the same as people. What sounds like common sense to us may be dangerous for our four legged friends, and a vet trip is always required if you think your pet is sick. Whilst waiting for your appointment keep your pet calm and comfortable, give them cuddles and love. They might not take the pain anyway, but at least your pooch will know that you're always there for them!