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10 Household Medications Safe for Dogs

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In many ways, our dogs are just like us. We both require a balanced diet, an exercise regimen, and lots of love and care to feel our absolute best. While you undoubtedly do everything you can to make sure your pup stays happy and healthy, all dogs inevitably fall victim to some sort of injury or illness during their lifetime. And, just as with humans, immediate access to a doctor isn’t always necessary or possible. Luckily, there are a number of over-the-counter human medications that are safe to give your dog when used correctly. Here are a few medicines you probably have in your home that can be used to alleviate a variety of your dog’s symptoms from motion sickness to coughing.

Benadryl can be used to treat allergies and itching in your dog. Dosage: ½ – 1 mg per pound every 8 hours. The tablet form comes in a 25mg dosage, so a 25-pound dog would take 1 tablet.

Buffered Aspirin can be used for pain relief and as an anti-inflammatory. Dosage: 5 mg per pound every 12 hours.

Dramamine can be administered to reduce motion sickness in your dog. Dosage: 12 ½ – 50 mg every 8 hours. For best results, give it to your dog 30 minutes before traveling.

If your dog has swallowed something harmful, call your veterinarian right away. They’ll probably recommend that you give your dog Hydrogen Peroxide 3% to induce vomiting. Dosage: 10 ml by mouth. Repeat in 15 minutes if your dog is not vomiting. Do not exceed 3 times.

Imodium AD (liquid or tablet) can be administered to relieve your pup’s diarrhea. Dosage: 1 ml per pound, or 1 mg per 20 pounds every 8 hours.

Kaopectate can also be used to relieve diarrhea. Dosage: 1 ml per pound every 2 hours.

Mineral oil can help relieve your dog’s constipation. Dosage: up to 4 tablespoons daily with food.

Canned pumpkin can also be used to eliminate constipation. Dosage: 2-3 teaspoons every 8-12 hours.

Pepto Bismol can be used to alleviate diarrhea, vomiting, and gas. Dosage: 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds or 1 caplet per 20 pounds every 6 hours.

Robitussin DM helps relieve coughing and hacking in your dog. Dosage: 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds every 8-12 hours.

As awful as it is to see your dog experience pain or discomfort, you can at least rest easy knowing a temporary solution can be found in your very own medicine cabinet. With this in mind, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of consulting your dog’s veterinarian before administering any type of household medication. When in doubt, call the vet!

Have you had success with giving your dog any of the medications listed above? We’d love to hear about it! Feel free to leave a comment or share your story with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page.

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