Top 10 Dog Friendly Human Medications & Dosages!
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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!