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Can we give human medicine to dogs?

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Can you give human medicine to your dog?

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The first thing you should do if your dog is in pain is to contact the vet or animal hospital. But what if they can't see your little guy or girl straight away? Is there anything you can do in the short term, like using human medicine for dogs? Or will it only make things worse?

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 02/01/2020, 17:00

Thankfully, there are a few medications for humans that can help our pets. You just need to know which ones to use, how much to give, and, most importantly, which medicines to avoid. Let's take a closer look!

What medicines for humans can you give to dogs?

Firstly you need to find out what human medication is suitable for canine consumption, including any information about possible side effects. Secondly, getting the correct dosage is super important as this will vary from pooch to pooch. For example, a tiny Chihuahua will only require a little dose, whereas a big Doberman will need a lot more. Again, call your vet or get expert advice first, and never assume anything! Not only will the wrong dosage be ineffective, but it could also cause adverse reactions, including vomiting, diarrhoea, and even organ failure!

Can dogs have painkillers?

Seeing your pooch in pain is a horrible experience, but as tempting as it might be, giving them some of our over the counter (otc) medications will only make things worse. Common human medications designed for pain relief (such as Ibuprofen and paracetamol) are toxic for dogs and extremely dangerous in larger doses.

What medicine can you give a dog for pain?

When it comes to our pets, pain relief should always be left to the professionals. However, in case of real emergencies where there are no other alternatives, the right amount of aspirin can provide some welcome relief to your furry friend. As always, check with a vet before administering aspirin and never use it as a long-term solution.

What can I give my dog for pain relief?

Alternatively, you could try some natural remedies. Some pet owners believe small amounts of ginger can be just as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs, while liquorice, devils claw, and turmeric are thought to have healing properties. Some studies have shown these herbs can have a positive effect on several canine health issues, including inflammatory bowel syndrome, arthritis, and hip dysplasia.

Another option is CBD (cannabidiol) oil. CBD oil is extracted from cannabis plants but contains zero THC, the psychoactive ingredient that creates a 'high.' There isn't much hard science on it just yet, but anecdotal evidence suggests CBD oil is helping pet owners and pooches treat chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and even epileptic seizures.

Can we give human medicines for dogs with fever?

In a word, no! 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.

Vets and animal surgeons spend years learning about canine anatomy, and what sounds like common sense to us may be really bad for our four-legged friends. So if your pooch is in pain, let the specialists do their job. In the meantime, stick to what you do best - dishing out those cuddles and strokes. They might not take the pain anyway, but at least your pooch will know that you're always there for them!