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Top 10 Dog Friendly Human Medications & Dosages!

April 15, 2016

Top 10 Dog Friendly Human Medications & Dosages!

We’re back from a 10 month long hiatus!! We promise that will never happen again! Lots have been going, and we have finally settled down a bit. So good to be back!

Did you know that you can use some human medicine to treat your dogs?! Well Aspen, Jagger and I are going to show you our top 10 must-have human medications that we keep in our first aid kit at all times, along with their dosages!

Read below to learn which medications we recommend…Who knows, maybe even save yourself a trip to the vet!

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So without further ado, here’s the list!


 

#10 – Treatment For Hot Spots

Why To Use: If your dog is suffering from hot spots.

Medicine Name: Tinactin

Active Ingredient: Tolnaftate

Dosage: Spray liberally on hot spot up to 4 times per day.

Notes: If hot spot is near the face or eyes, spray onto a cotton ball and use that to apply it to the area.


 

#9 – Treatment For Inducing Vomiting

Why To Use: If you need to induce vomiting due to your dog ingesting something toxic.

Medicine Name: Hydrogen Peroxide

Active Ingredient: Hydrogen Peroxide

Dosage: 1 teaspoon per 5-10 lbs of body weight, every 10 minutes.

Notes: Maximum 3 doses. If dog has vomited before the maximum dose amount is reached, stop administering. If you’ve given 3 doses, and your dog hasn’t vomited, bring to a veterinarian.


 

#8 – Treatment For Dehydration

Why To Use: If your dog hasn’t been drinking water, has been vomiting and/or experiencing diarrhea for an extended period of time, or if you suspect dehydration. Medicine Name: Pedialyte

Active Ingredient: Dextrose, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate

Dosage: No more than a ¼ cup for up to a medium sized dog, diluted 50/50 with water

Notes: Purchase the unflavored ‘clear’ one.


 

#7 – Treatment For Pain

DO NOT USE TYLENOL, ALEVE, IBUPROFEN (ADVIL, MOTRIN, MIDOL), OR ANY OTHER HUMAN  PAIN KILLERS WITH ACETAMINOPHEN, NAPROXEN, IBUPROFEN..ETC FOR PAIN TREATMENT. THEY ARE ALL VERY TOXIC TO DOGS! THESE PAIN KILLERS CAUSE NON-REPAIRABLE LIVER DAMAGE AND ALMOST CERTAINLY EQUAL DEATH OF YOUR BELOVED DOG. IF ACCIDENTALLY ADMINISTERED, BRING YOUR DOG TO THE VET ASAP!


 

#6 – Proper Treatment For Pain

Why To Use: If your dog has pain, inflammation, arthritis..etc

Medicine Name: Aspirin

Active Ingredient: Acetylsalicylic Acid

Dosage: 325mg (Regular Strength) 1 tablet for up to 30lbs of body weight, every 12 hours. 81mg (Baby Aspririn) 1 tablet for up to 7.5lbs of bodyweight, every 12 hours.

Notes: Always use the ‘buffered form’ to help prevent damage to the stomach. Remember, DO NOT USE ANY OF THE MEDICATIONS LISTED IN #7 FOR PAIN!


 

#5 Treatment For Diarrhea

Why To Use: If your dog is experiencing diarrhea

Medicine Name: Imodium AD

Active Ingredient: Loperamide hcl

Dosage: 1 tablet for up to 25-50 lbs of body weight, 2-3 times per day.  

Notes: We usually use Imodium if I’m only seeing diarrhea. If you notice vomiting or signs of an upset stomach, see #4. IMPORTANT! DO NOT GIVE THIS MEDICATION OR ANYTHING WITH LOPERAMIDE TO COLLIES, BORDER COLLIES, COLLIE MIXES OR HERDING BREEDS! IT WILL CAUSE NEUROLOGICAL TOXICITY BECAUSE OF THE MDR1 MUTATION. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN!


 

#4 Treatment For Upset Stomach

Why To Use: If your dog is experiencing diarrhea and/or vomiting

Medicine Name: Pepto Bismol

Active Ingredient: Bismuth Subsalicylate

Dosage: 1/4 tablet for up to 20 lbs of body weight, every 6 hours.

For the liquid form – 0.5 – 1ml per pound of body weight, every 6 hours.   

Notes: Tablet form is much easier to administer.


 

#3 Treatment For Allergies

Why To Use: If your dog is experiencing allergies

Medicine Name: Zyrtec

Active Ingredient: Cetirizine

Dosage: 5mg for 0-15 lbs of body weight, every 24 hours. 10 mg for 16-39 lbs of body weight, every 24 hours. 10 mg for over 40 lbs of body weight, every 12 hours.

Notes: Less side effects than other antihistamine options out there. Won’t make dog as tired, as with other allergy meds. DO NOT PURCHASE THE DECONGESTANT FORMULA. USE ONLY THE REGULAR ALLERGY FORMULA


 

#2 Treatment For Motion Sickeness

Why To Use: If your dog gets motion sick in the car, boat…etc.

Medicine Name: Bonine

Active Ingredient: Meclizine

Dosage: ¼ – ½ tablet for under 10 lbs of body weight, every 24 hours. ½ – 1 tablet for up to 20 lbs of body weight, every 24 hours. 1 tablet for over 20 lbs of body weight, every 24 hours.

Notes: Administer 1 hour before your excursion.  Can also use Dramamine.  


 

#1 Treatment For Allergies

Why To Use: If your dog experiences allergies, an allergic reaction, hives, bee stings or insect bites.

Medicine Name: Benadryl

Active Ingredient: Diphenhydramine HCl

Dosage: 1mg per pound of body weight, every 24 hours. ½ a tablet for dogs under 25 lbs.

Notes: There are 25mgs per pill. DO NOT EXCEED 80 MGS PER DAY, NO MATTER THE SIZE OF YOUR DOG.


 

DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian. You should always consult your veterinarian before administering any over-the-counter (OTC) human medications to dogs. If your dog has any liver damage or other serious ailments, again, please call your vet before administering any medications.

Also worth noting – The store brand is the EXACT same medicine as the brand name, with the same active ingredient. The only difference is that the store brand is less money. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that you should go with the store brand!

That’s all folks! Those are our top 10 must-have, dog friendly human medications!

 

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