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human medication for dogsParacetamol is also known as acetaminophen or aspirin and it can be toxic for dogs and fatal for cats. There are occasions when your Los Lunas vet may prescribe paracetamol to your dog, but it is always to be giving under strict veterinary supervision.

Paracetamol is most commonly marketed as Tylenol. It is used on people for minor pain and fever. In dogs it is used for:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Fever reductions
  • Pain management (especially bones and muscles)
  • Inflammation

Paracetamol is not commonly used in dogs as there are other drugs that have similar benefits but without damaging the liver. This drug is never used on cats as they do not produce the enzyme to assimilate the drug.

  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Discoloration of the tongue and pale gums
  • Lack of coordination
  • Drooling
  • Confusion

A dog will not show symptoms until the paracetamol has entered into their system. If you suspect your dog or cat has ingested paracetamol, you need to get them to your vet immediately. Any delay could lead to serious medical complications or even death. The sooner the antidote is given the better chance of recovery.

Never give your pet any medication that is meant for people unless you have been instructed by your vet. Never assume that the dosage for one pet will be the same for another, there are many factors used to decide how much medication a dog should get and just because it was good for one dog does not mean it is right for another.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.