Using OTC medicines for your dog

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Postby Suki » February 28th, 2007, 8:08 pm

here is some info for you to read:

The following quotes are all from the American Veterinary Medical
Association:
http://www.avma.org/pubhlth/poisgde.asp#drugs
"Animal poisoning by drugs is by far the most common type of small
animal poison exposure, accounting for 75% of 1990 toxin exposures as
reported by the AAPCC and 82 of 425 fatalities."

ACETAMINOPHEN (Tylenol)

"Dogs (particularly small dogs) are also susceptible to significant
tissue damage from as little as two regular strength Tylenol and
repeated doses increase the risk significantly. Signs develop quickly
and can include salivation, vomiting, weakness and abdominal pain."

"Due to the significant toxicity to pets in relatively minimal
dosages, the recommendation is clear — Tylenol should not be given to
dogs or cats. "


ASPIRIN, IBUPROFEN, PHENYLBUTAZONE, NAPROXEN (NSAID toxicity)

"...NSAID's (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and are widely
prescribed with caution by veterinarians to relieve pain from
arthritis and other conditions. Animal dosages, however, are much
lower than human dosages. Use of NSAID's can significantly increase
the risk for development of stomach or intestinal ulcers, particularly
in a sick patient, or one receiving other medications... Two regular
strength aspirin in a small dog can cause clinical signs of
poisoning..."


"Any medications need to be discussed with and prescribed by a
veterinarian prior to giving them to your pet to avoid an inadvertent
and tragic poisoning."


but you guys decide. i personally do NOT give Tylenol, but rather buffered baby aspirin.
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Postby Malli » March 1st, 2007, 8:25 am

we weren't suggesting anyone give either, thats the point! :wink:

simply giving aspirin with another prescribed pain med for a dog can cause serious issues.

most times (not all) when an animal shows pain, it is not something that can be fixed by simply giving an aspirin.

It should be mentioned that Tylenol is absolutely toxic in Cats.
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Postby Marinepits » March 1st, 2007, 8:40 am

Exactly, Malli. :wink:
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Postby Marinepits » March 1st, 2007, 8:41 am

On Thu, Jan 19 2006, 2:36 PM, mnp13 wrote:NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER give your dog ibuprophen (Advil) or Acetaminophen (Tylonal) for ANY reason.

Even small amounts can cause renal failure.

Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are commonly used in humans for their analgesic, anti-pyretic, and anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen) effects. Between January 1998 and March 2000, veterinarians at the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) consulted on more than 1,050 cases of accidental exposures to acetaminophen and 1,100 cases of ibuprofen ingestion in dogs and cats. Exposures to these medications can have serious effects on the animal�s health. Fortunately, with prompt, aggressive treatment and good supportive care, most animals will recover
completely.


http://www.aspca.org/site/DocServer/vec ... ?docID=132
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Postby HappyPuppy » November 6th, 2007, 7:49 pm

Thanks! Ok ... so I forgot the part about spooning it down their throats and I put 2 tbl spoons in her food bowl.

Don't laugh at me (too much) -the episode went like this:
Ruby: Lick. Lick. Yucky face - what's this?
Me: Oh, sorry, Ruby. Here, let me put some yogurt in it.
Ruby: Nope. Ain't workin'. Bleh.
Me: Ok, poor baby making a yucky face. Hmmm, what can I mix it with - ah ha, a corn tortilla.
Ruby: Yeah, that's better, but I can't eat over this minty bowl. Oh, out on the floor - now, that will work.
Me: Oh, no, Ruby...the floor. Let me wipe your feet....

So, now I have pink pepto paw prints all over my (cursedly) WHITE kitchen floor. But... with a little encouragement, she lapped it all up. How long do I have to wait now? Naw, just kidding. Will find a better way next time. :) :D
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Postby airwalk » November 7th, 2007, 12:08 am

I give Magic at 50lbs 3mg melatonin daily to take just the very top edge off of his intensity level so he can listen and settle. I've never felt I neede more and it doesn't make him sluggish just allows him to settle and focus.

My Dobie gets 81mg aspiring 2X daily, when the sun is out and it's dry, for her arthritis....when the rains and cold hit, we move to 1/2 100mg rimadyl to manage the pain and stiffness.
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Postby Malli » November 7th, 2007, 5:22 am

Can you give rimadyl with aspirin? Did you start giving it on the advice of a vet?
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Postby airwalk » November 7th, 2007, 12:29 pm

I don't give them together...we use one or the other depending on how warm or dry etc it is...and yep the vet is aware of the pattern of treatment.
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Postby Malli » November 7th, 2007, 4:18 pm

right, but there are some medications that need DAYS in between them, for instance, my vet wants me to wait 5 days between Prednisone and Metacam, so that one is out of the system before he starts the other.
Not necessarily the case with the combination of drugs you are using, but I want other people reading this to keep it in mind.
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Postby airwalk » November 7th, 2007, 4:53 pm

Ah you are very right, okay.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » August 5th, 2008, 8:17 am

Just a :bump: because it's good info. Make sure you always check with your vet first though.
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Postby call2arms » August 5th, 2008, 12:47 pm

Please please please, inform yourself wneh giving OTC meds to your animals!!!!

Get the name of the drug (not the brand name) and look for it here: http://www.merckvetmanual.com for side effects and counter-indications. Some meds OTC may be ok but may not if your a has kidney or liver issues... Even harmless stuff like Pepto or Cimetidine.
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