What Can I Give My Dog For Pain Relief?

August 16, 2018

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Are Pain Meds for Dogs Safe?

 

By Jennifer Coates, DVM

 

Knowing that a dog is in pain is upsetting. So it's an understandable reaction to want to do something—anything—to provide the dog pain relief as soon as possible.

 

However, as tempting as it may be to reach for an over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen and give it to the family dog, you must avoid them at all costs. Over-the-counter pain meds (OTC medications) and human medications can be very dangerous, even fatal, when used improperly in dogs. Dogs should not be given Advil, aspirin, Tylenol or any other pain reliever made for human consumption.

 

NSAIDs and Asprin for Dogs–Are They Dangerous?

 

Some of the most common over-the-counter pain relievers fall into the category of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). Common examples include aspirin, baby aspirin ibuprofen and naproxen. They all work