Most over the counter (OTC) pain medicine made for humans is poisonous for dogs. The only one that has been known to help dogs is aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). A vet should be contacted first before giving aspirin to a dog.
When can you give NSAIDs to your dog?
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are a group of medications, including ibuprofen and aspirin, that reduce inflammation, pain, and fever. There are special NSAIDs that are designed for dogs only, and there may be some occasions when you can give your dog a human drug. For example, your vet may recommend giving your dog aspirin under his supervision. NSAIDs for dogs include:
- Deracoxib (deramaxx)
- Firocoxib (Previcox)
- Meloxicam (Metacam)
- Carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl)
All veterinarians can prescribe these medications. They can also diagnose the cause of the pain and help treat that as well.
Side effects to pay attention to:
If your vet prescribes pain for your dog, you should pay attention to some side effects. All drugs have potential side effects but are weighed against the benefits that the drug provides to determine its effectiveness and safety.
Some of the side effects that you should pay attention to are:
- Behavior changes
- Skin redness
Digestive problems, including diarrhea and vomiting
Your vet will have a better knowledge of your dog’s health, so they can give you more information about what to look for. You may also find it helpful to read the leaflet that comes with the medicine, as this will give you instructions and tell you about possible side effects. If the medicine does not come with a leaflet or leaflet, you can always ask your vet for one.
Can I give my dog aspirin for pain?
Although aspirin and other NSAIDs, as well as acetaminophen, can all be prescribed to dogs to help relieve pain and inflammation, they come with risks. … A dog is prescribed aspirin by a veterinarian but is especially sensitive to NSAIDs and experiences adverse effects even though the dosage is correct.
What type of OTC Pain reliever is safe for dogs?
Acetaminophen (paracetamol), ibuprofen, and aspirin are just some of the medications commonly used by us for pain relief. When your dog is in pain, it might be tempting to give them one of these medications to help them. However, simply giving them something from your medicine cabinet isn’t a good idea.