Safe Human Medicines for Dogs and Cats
Be sure to consult your veterinarian before using any of these for a prolonged period. No advice is better than from a trained veterinarian. There is no guarantee that your pet will do fine on these medications. Giving your pet medications could cause serious injury or even death. Please see your veterinarian if at all possible before administering medications.
Benadryl can be used to help alleviate allergy symptoms.
|Benadryl is non-effective for cats and should not be given.|
Asprin can be used to help control pain as well as thin the blood, but must be used with extreme caution. If you do administer an asprin you should do it with a meal to help ease stomach irritation.
|Less than 10lbs||1/2 Baby Asprin|
|10 - 29lbs||1 Baby Asprin|
|30 - 49lbs||1/2 Adult Asprin|
|50 - 100lbs||1 Adult Asprin|
|101lbs+||2 Adult Asprin|
|Asprin should never been given to cats! This causes salicylate toxicity ( asprin toxicity ) because the cats body can not metabolize the asprin. Aspirin toxicity may cause gastrointestinal problems, respiratory difficulties, nurological problems, bleeding disorders due to thining of the blood, and kidney failure.|
Tagament, Zantac, and Pepcid-AC:
Tagament, Zantac, and Pepcid-AC can be used to help alleviate stomach upset due to acid reflux. Never give your dog more than 1 dose of these medications a day. Also be sure to never use the extra strength tablets. Get the lowest mg tablet when administering to pets. Zantac for example should be 75mg tablets for the doses below.
|1 - 19lbs||1/4 Low dose tablet|
|20 - 59lbs||1/2 Low dose tablet|
|60lbs+||1 Low dose tablet|
|1/4 tablet for any sized cat of the lowest mg tablet.|
Gas-X can help alleviate symptoms of gas in dogs. In the case of bloat you should administer 2 adult tablets and take the animal to an emergency vet care center immediately!
|1 - 25lbs||1/4 Adult Tablet|
|26 - 45lbs||1/2 Adult Tablet|
|46lbs+||1 Adult Tablet|
|1/4 Adult Tablet for all sized cats.|