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Can I Give People Medications to My Dog?

Updated on June 10, 2015

Be careful what meds you give your dog from your medicine cabinet

It is possible for lots of human meds to make a dog sick or even worse. Be careful and always consult your vet first.
It is possible for lots of human meds to make a dog sick or even worse. Be careful and always consult your vet first. | Source
Dont give dogs anything you are unsure of, contact vets for important information concerning any meds.
Dont give dogs anything you are unsure of, contact vets for important information concerning any meds. | Source
Pepto Bismol  or similar meds are okay for a dogs upset stomach.
Pepto Bismol or similar meds are okay for a dogs upset stomach. | Source

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Human medications are basically used to treat humans, not another species

Many people with pets at home wonder when they are feeling under the weather if human medications will make them feel better. This question is asked more often than many people imagine. No one wants to see their pet feel ill and are willing to do anything possible to make them feel better faster. People want to treat their dogs for all sorts of illnesses that humans get and would like to know if they provide their dog with human medication if it will help them to feel better.

These are a couple of the questions asked related to providing your dog medications that are meant or prescribed for people.

Can I give my dog aspirin? Aspirin is a possible solution for illnesses. Give your dog 5 to 12 mg per pound. Make certain it’s buffered. No acetametaphin or ibuprofen. Aspirin helps dogs with a need to thin their blood for a disease or illness. These are typically related to the heart or high blood pressure. The same disorders people need this little pill for.

Can I give my dog pepto bismol? Yes. 1 ml every eight hours per 10 pounds. Upset tummies or throwing up is relieved with a couple of rounds in the ring with this item.

Can I give my dog anti-biotics? These are best obtained and prescribed by a professional vet. These are set in place by the doctor according to what type of infection affects the dog and based on how much the animal weighs.

Can I give my dog Benadryl? This is okay as a plan of treatment. Give 1 to 2 mg per pound every eight hours for allergic reaction or allergies. Tons of animals have allergies and are set free to run and play from the chains of allergies with Benadryl.

Can I give my dog kaopectate? Yes to control diarrhea. 1ml per 10 pounds every eight hours. upset stomachs are better treated with Pepto Bismol.

Can I give hydrogen peroxide? Yes. This is the ideal medicine for cleaning wounds and to induce vomiting. Man's best friend does characteristically gets into the wrong things. Especially true of the little puppies while investigating the new world around them.

Can I give my dog Dramamine? Dramamine is for car sickness and some animals do get carsick. Dramamine given 2-4 mg up per pound up to 30 minutes before the car trip gives wonderful relief.

Can I give my dog human medicine in general? There are some over the counter medications animals can take. However, some human medicine is lethal for dogs; please contact our vet for questions.

Can I give my dog ibuprofen or Tylenol for pain? No to both. Do not give dogs either ibuprofen or acetametaphin. This is potentially dangerous and possibly life threatening.

Can I give my dog cold medicine? Some cold medicine contains caffeine which is lethal for dogs. Don’t give them cold medicine without being directed by a vet. There are some brands missing this ingredient.

In conclusion

There are some medicines (same name and even dosage amounts ) provided to humans and dogs alike, such as amoxicillin. However, prescription medication is usually approved by the patient’s body weight. This is true for both types of patients. Therefore, let a vet prepare the best plan of treatment with the best medication to assure the right type for the best prognosis for any animal under your care.

Nothing substitutes for the advice and treatment of a veterinarian. Take your dog to your vet for diagnosis or treatment whenever you believe they may need medication to feel better.

Excellent tips for giving pets medication. A difficult task made simple.

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    • Paulart profile image

      Paulart 6 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

      Wow great hub.Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      This is useful information but I would recommend looking for an alternative method rather than using medication.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thanks for the information guys. many people want to help their dog more than anything else when they don't feel well.

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      Dawn Ross 6 years ago

      Great information to know! FYI, I just had a recent incident with my dog Maya (see my post from Oct 6, 2011 at and the vet recommended Imodium AD over Pepto and Kaopectate. The active ingredient of Pepto and Kaopectate is bismuth subsalicylate and the vet says that the subsalicylate can actually irritate your dog's stomach more.

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      tangoshoes 6 years ago

      Useful hub! My vet told me to give my great Dane puppy tums... He was growing to fast and he would get too hungry sleeping overnight. In the morning he would throw up acid. The tums worked great!