It can be agonizing to watch your dog suffer. If used properly, some medicines used by humans can help ease symptoms in dogs. If you’re a pet owner, here are some of the most common safe and unsafe types of medications for dogs.
Common Safe Drugs
- Antihistamines—These medications are commonly used for treating problems, such as vaccine reactions, skin allergies, motion sickness and insect bites and stings.
- Anti-nausea drugs—Use these medications for vomiting or upset stomachs. Although many of them are suitable for dogs, they shouldn’t be given to cats.
- Motion sickness drugs—Used to prevent motion sickness, these medications work best when administered 30 to 60 minutes before your pet travels. However, they should not be used on pregnant dogs.
- Antibiotic gels—These medications can be used for minor cuts, but for no longer than two days. Before applying them, thoroughly cleanse your dog’s skin and only use a thin coat. Avoid gels with strong scents as dogs tend to lick their wounds.
It’s critical that you avoid some medications that can be dangerous or cause death. Some of the most common unsafe drugs for dogs include
- Beta-blockers—Theses medications are used to correct high blood pressure in humans. They can cause severe problems in dogs, such as skyrocketing heart rate and low blood pressure. In some cases, beta-blockers can even cause death.
- NSAIDs—Giving your dog NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflamatories) can result in severe problems, including kidney failure, besides kidney or stomach ulcers.
- Antidepressants—Although occasionally vets use antidepressants in dogs, an overdose can lead to several problems, including tremors, seizures and other issues.
- Muscle relaxants—Common symptoms of poisoning from muscle relaxants can start as quickly as 30 minutes after they’ve been ingested. These signs include fatigue, shaking, slow heart rate, coma, and seizures.
Considerations and Warnings
- Always consult an animal clinic before buying any type of antihistamine product. This is because some antihistamines contain ingredients, such as pseudoephedrine or acetaminophen, that are unsafe for dogs. Also, some medications have alcohol, artificial flavorings and sweeteners that are dangerous.
- Have separate locations for storing your human and pet medications. You don’t want to mistakenly snatch the wrong bottle.
- Birth control pills are typically packaged in wrappings that are attractive to dogs, so keep them out or reach. Consuming large amounts of estrogen and estradiol can result in suppressing bone marrow.
- Sometimes antihistamines include decongestants that can be fatal to dogs.
Again, you should always first check with your veterinarian, one like Georgetown Veterinary Hospital Inc, before administering any medication. Besides ensuring a drug is safe, you also want to be sure you’re giving your pet the correct dosage.Read More