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Can I Give My Pet OTC Pain Relief that meant for human?

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Knowing that your dog is in pain is upsetting. Keeping your pet pain-free is crucial to maintaining his or her quality of life.

It’s understandable that you want to do anything to provide pain relief as soon as possible.

Don’t give Over-the-counter (OTC) pain meds and other human medications to your pet. It can be very dangerous and even fatal for pets.

Some of the most common OTC pain relievers fall into the category of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin and It is not safe to give your dog any amount of aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen or other anti-inflammatory meant for humans without first talking to your veterinarian. Even acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not safe for dogs. Cats are especially sensitive to the adverse effects of NSAIDs, and adverse effects of acetaminophen.

PETS SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN ANY OTHER PAIN RELIEVER MADE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION EXCEPT UNDER THE DIRECTION OF A VETERINARIAN.

Without appropriate treatment, dogs may die or can develop issues like:

  • Gastrointestinal ulcers
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (often bloody)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Liver damage (in some cases)

If your pet is dealing with acute pain, our goal is to prevent the nerves from perceiving and remembering this pain so that it does not become chronic pain. We can prescribe pain medicine that’s made for dogs that can safely and effectively relieve your pet’s discomfort.

If your pet is already dealing with chronic pain, together we can create a customized pain management plan based on your pet’s individual needs and medical issues.

Talk to us today at 813-920-0303 to determine which medication or treatment is right for your dog.

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