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Two Drugs You Should NOT Give a Dog in Pain

April 24th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Georgia, the Great Dane, gives the camera a quizzical look.

“If my dog is in pain, can I give him pain medications designed for humans?”

It’s a great question!

First, any time you want to give your dog drugs, chat with our veterinarians first.

We know your dog. We can help you choose wisely and figure out the right dosages.

Second, there are drugs you should NOT give a dog in pain.

Here’s a quick look at them.

Cinnamon and Tatertot, two small and active dogs, run across the field.

“Can I give my dog Ibuprofen?” No, you shouldn’t.

Ibuprofin is an anti-inflammatory used to treat pain and fever in humans.

You may know Ibuprofin under the brand names:

  • Advil
  • Motrin
  • Ibuprin

We never recommend giving your dog any medication with Ibuprofin in it.

It can cause serious long-term damage in your dog, including renal failure.

Mocha, the dog, has a chronic condition. Occasionally, she needs drugs for pain.

“Can I give my dog aspirin?” No, avoid aspirin too.

Aspirin can upset your dog’s stomach and cause kidney issues.

Plus, aspirin can complicate treatment if your dog needs medical attention.

Let’s say your dog is limping. You bring your pup into our veterinarians.

If you’ve given your furry friend aspirin the night before, our hands are tied.

We have to wait three to five days for the aspirin to leave your dog’s system before we can prescribe a more effective drug.

The best rule of thumb is to call your vet!

We’re here to help you keep your furry friend safe and comfortable.

Never hesitate to call and ask about your options.


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Cherished Companions Animal Clinic is a veterinary clinic in Castle Rock, Colorado. Specializing in the care of cats and dogs, our goal is to help you and your pet feel more comfortable, keeping your stress to a minimum.

This article is intended to provide general guidance about drugs you shouldn’t give a dog in pain. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact your local veterinarian. (If you live in or around Castle Rock, we welcome your call: 303-688-3757.)

© 2017, Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

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