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    Default Human medications that are safe for dogs and their dosage!

    Found this while studying today. I thought it was worth posting here.

    Some human medicines are also effective for dogs, however the dosages are usually lower due mostly to the smaller size of the animal. Note that these medications are not FDA approved for use in dogs or cats and should only be used under the guidance of your veterinarian. Call your vet to find exact dosage requirements for your pet and ensure the safety of administration.


    Medications for Dogs

    Medication Use Dosage Method of Administration Frequency
    A & D Ointment Antibacterial ointment for scrapes and wounds Apply a thin coating Topical 3 - 4 times a day for 7 - 10 days
    Anbesol Topical anesthetic for mouth pain Dab on liquid with cotton swab 1 - 2 times a day for up to 2 days
    Aspirin (buffered; enteric coated) Analgesic, anti-inflammatory 4 - 10 mg per pound of body weight (dose varies with the purpose of the medication) With food Once daily
    Aveeno Oatmeal Medicated Bath For soothing itchy skin Use as a bath rinse As often as 3 times per week
    Benadryl Antihistamine 1 - 2mg per pound of body weight Oral Every 8 hours
    Betadine Skin Cleanser Antiseptic liquid soap for cleaning on or around wounds Use full strength to wash the affected area
    Betadine Solution Antiseptic Dilute to 0.2% (2ml to 2 quarts of water - or the color of weak tea) Topical As prescribed for cleaning the wound.
    Bufferin Pain reliever 10 - 25mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight Oral 2 - 3 times a day
    Burow's Solution Topical antiseptic Moisten cotton ball and apply to wound
    Caladryl Soothing topical lotion for pain and itching Paint on sore area
    Charcoal (compressed activated charcoal) Binds stomach poisons 5g per 10 pounds of body weight Oral Keep at least 30 tablets available, give once and only under the direction of a veterinarian
    Chlorhexidine Solution (Nolvasan, ect..) Antiseptic Dilute to 0.05% (25ml to 2 quarts, 1.9Liters water) Topical As prescribed for cleaning the wound
    Cortaid Anti-itch cream Apply once or twice daily as needed
    Desitin Soothing ointment Rub on affected area
    Dramamine For motion sickness 2 - 4mg per pound of body weight Oral Every 8 hours
    Ducolax For constipation 5 - 20mg tablet or 1/2 to 2 pediatric suppositories (10mg) Oral Once a day
    Epsom Salts Soothing soak for irritated, itchy skin 1 cup per gallon of water Topical Soak The affected area
    Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) Used to induce vomiting 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight Oral You may repeat every 15-30 minutes (max 3 times)
    Hypo Tears Eye lubricant Topical Apply 4 - 12 times per day
    Iodine Topical antiseptic Paint on wound
    Ipecac Syrup Emetic to promote vomiting 1 teaspoon per 20lb, up to 3 tsp
    Kaolin and pectin (beware - some formulations contain salicylates For persistent diarrhea 1/2 to 1ml per pound of body weight (or 1 - 2 teaspoons per 10 pounds) Oral Every 6 hours
    Kayopectate For diarrhea 1/2 - 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds Oral A maximum of 2 tablespoons every 8 hours
    Lanacane Topical anesthetic Apply to sore area with gauze pad
    Massengill Disposable Douche Odor neutralizer for skunk spray or body odor Mix 2 oz per gal of water Use a soak for 15 min, then bathe as usual
    Metamucil (unflavored) For constipation or to add fiber to the diet 1 teaspoon per 11 - 22 pounds Mix in with food Once daily - for short term use, unless otherwise directed
    Milk of Magnesia, Mylanta, Maalox Antacid, laxative, gas 2 - 4ml per pound of body weight Oral Every 12 - 24 hours
    Mineral Oil Lubricant, laxative 5ml per 20 pounds of body weight Add to food - do not give separately due to aspiration risk Twice daily - only for 2 - 3 days
    Triple Antibiotic Ointment Antibiotic for preventing wound infection Topical Apply 3 - 4 times daily as needed
    Pedialyte or Gatorade For dehydration Mix 50/50 with water Oral Offer as much as the dog wants
    Pepcid Histamine blocker for antacid effect, and vomiting 1mg per pound of body weight Injection or Oral Once or twice daily
    Pepto-Bismol For Diarrhea 0.5 - 1.5ml per pound of body weight Oral Every 12 hours
    Preparation H For a sore anal area Apply up to 4 times daily
    Prilosec (omeprazole) Antacid, ulcer medication 0.25 - 0.50mg per pound of body weight Oral Once daily
    Robitussin DM, Benylin Expectorant Cough Suppressant 0.50 - 1mg per pound of body weight (or 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds) Oral Every 6 hours
    Solarcaine Topical pain reliever and anesthetic Topical Apply to sore area once or twice daily for up to 2 days
    Tagamet (cimetidine) Histamine blocker for antacid effect 10mg per lb of body weight Oral 2 - 3 times per day
    Tylenol Pain reliever Ask your vet Ask your vet Ask your vet
    Vicks VapoRub For congestion Topical Smear a small amount on your pet's chin for easier breathing
    Witch hazel Astringent / topical antiseptic Dab on affected area
    Zantac (ranitidine) Histamine blocker for antacid effect 150 - 300mg per pound of body weight Add to meals Daily - divide total dose over several meals throughout the day

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    Default Re: Human medications that are safe for dogs (and their dosage!)

    Excellent thread, thank you.
    I C&P'd it and will be printing it to go on our fridge!


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    Default Re: Human medications that are safe for dogs (and their dosage!)

    Thank you so much for posting this!

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    Default Re: Human medications that are safe for dogs (and their dosage!)

    Thank you for the info. I have this post bookmarked for future reference.

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    Default Re: Human medications that are safe for dogs (and their dosage!)

    TREMENDOUS post! This should be pinned somewhere!

    "I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
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    This is an awesome chart to have on hand. Thank you for sharing. Great information
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    Excellent information. I'll have to print this!

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    What great information. I stuck the thread to keep it at the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeannieCO View Post
    What great information. I stuck the thread to keep it at the top.

    Hey Hey!! My very first sticky!! Thanks Jeannie

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    Default Re: Human medications that are safe for dogs (and their dosage!)

    Thank you for posting this information!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twice View Post
    Hey Hey!! My very first sticky!! Thanks Jeannie
    Lol, can't let this info slip down to never neverland now can we.
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