Everything today's pet owners need to create the lives their pets deserve

People Medications You Can Use as Pet Medications in a Pinch

When your pets are sick and you don’t have pet medications on hand, you can give them some human medications as a temporary way to make them more comfortable or to relieve certain conditions. Below is a quick reference guide to which medications are safe and which ones are to be avoided. And always contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog or cat shows any side effects!

Aspirin (Buffered)

For itching, scratching and allergies

Dog dose: 5 mg. for every pound every 12 hours        Cat dose: Do NOT give to cats

Be sure the aspirin is buffered to avoid upset stomachs.

Benadryl

For pain relief and as an anti-inflammatory

Dog dose: ½ – 1 mg for every pound every 8 hours     Cat dose: ½ mg for every pound every 8 hours

Watch for excitability in cats

Dramamine

For motion sickness

Dog dose: 12-50 mg every 8 hours                 Cat dose: 12 mg every 8 hours

Be sure to keep plenty of water available, as Dramamine can cause a dry mouth

Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)

To induce vomiting (after pet accidentally ingests something poisonous)

Dog dose: 10 ml by mouth, repeating every 15 minutes up to 3 times

Cat dose: 10 ml by mouth, repeating every 15 minutes up to 3 times

Imodium AD

To relieve diarrhea

Dog dose: 1 ml for every pound or 1 mg for every 20 pounds every 8 hours

Cat dose: Do NOT give to cats

Kaopectate

To relieve diarrhea

Dog dose: 1 ml for every pound every 2 hours       Cat dose: 1 ml for every pound every 2 hours

Mineral Oil

To relieve constipation

Dog dose: Up to 4 tablespoons daily              Cat dose: Up to 2 tablespoons daily

Pepto Bismol

To alleviate diarrhea, gas and/or vomiting

Dog dose: 1 teaspoon for every 5 pounds or 1 caplet for every 20 pounds every 6 hours

Cat dose: Do NOT give to cats

One additional tip: If your dog or cat is constipated, you can also give them plain, canned pumpkin. Dogs can take 2-3 teaspoons every 8 to 12 hours. Cats can take 1-2 teaspoons every 8 to 12 hours. This is a gentle, homeopathic treatment. Just be sure you use PLAIN packed pumpkin, not the kind that is seasoned for baking.

People Medications You Should NOT give to your pets:

 Acetaminophen – Harmful to both dogs and cats

Advil, Aleve, Motrin – Any of these non-steroidal anti-inflammatories can cause upset stomach, ulcers and seizures

Pseudoephedrine – Including Tylenol Cold, Sudafed, and Nyquil. These are all decongestants and stimulants that can cause seizures and an increased heart rate in pets.

And, as always, consult your veterinarian any time your pet shows signs of illness!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*


The Contemporary Pet