Pain Relievers for your Pet

Jim Johnson   June 13, 2012   Comments Off on Pain Relievers for your Pet

Q) Can I give my pet Tylenol or Ibuprofen?

A) No. Unfortunately, because of metabolic differences between humans, dogs, and cats, most over-the-counter pain relievers are not only harmful, but can even be fatal to pets. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is almost always fatal in cats without aggressive and expensive treatments. Tylenol can also cause liver failure in dogs. Ibuprofen can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney failure in both dogs and cats. Aleve can cause ulcers in both dogs and cats, as can aspirin, although small amounts of aspirin may be safe for a dog under a veterinarian’s supervision.

In summary, human pain relievers are not safe for any use in cats and dogs. If your pet is painful, your veterinarian can work with you to find the source of your pet’s pain, and determine an appropriate course of treatment.

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