by: Brandy Arnold
While veterinary care, lots of love, and a healthy lifestyle is the absolute best way to keep your pet feeling great, all dogs will experience at least some form of injury or illness in their lifetime. Did you know that there are many over-the-counter human medications that can be safe and effective for dogs, when used correctly?
Benadryl, or another branded antihistamine, can be incredibly useful for treating allergies, bug bites, or other causes of itchy skin. Buffered aspirin is an excellent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Even Dramamine can be used for dogs with motion sickness, and Immodium can treat diarrhea. However, dosages for dogs are much different than for humans.
Use the information below to determine if your OTC medication is dog (and cat) safe and how much should be administered. Always check with your veterinarian that understands your pet’s health and history before giving any medications. Additionally, be certain that you’re using only the medication listed, not other ingredients. Many antihistamines, for example, include added decongestants that can be lethal for your dog. Check labels very carefully and when in doubt, don’t use.
Please note: Collies and other herding breeds may have a genetic mutation that makes certain OTC drugs on this list – even those that are considered safe for other breeds – very dangerous. Always check with your veterinarian before administering human medications.
Canine to human conversion chart by weight, volume – click to print this medication chart
Always check with your veterinarian before administering any medications.
The following are common antibiotic medications prescribed by veterinarians. Do not use outdated medications and ALWAYS follow the advice of your veterinarian when using antibiotics.