There are some over the counter medicines that could be beneficial to your dog. Though these medicines are for common symptoms, PLEASE talk to your veterinarian before you give any medicine to your pet. Make sure to read ALL labels on the containers. Better safe than sorry.
Do NOT give any animal Advil or Tylenol. Never give your dog Advil (Ibuprofen) because he/she could have a heart disease or other conditions that could be made worse with Advil (Ibuprofen). Never give your dog Tylenol (Acetaminophen) because he/she could have a liver disease or other conditions that could be made worse with Tylenol (Acetaminophen).
Here is a list of safe over the counter medicines that you can give your dog. Again, always talk to your veterinarian first.
- Benadryl – Used for allergies and itching. Dog Dose: 1/2 – 1mg per pound of body weight.
- Buffered Aspirin – Used for pain relief and anti-inflammatory. Dog Dose: 5mg per pound of body weight every 12 hrs.
- Dramamine – Used to reduce motion sickness. Dog Dose: 12.5 – 50mg every 8 hrs.
- Hydrogen Peroxide – Use after ingestion of poisons to induce vomiting. Dog Dose: 10ml by mouth. Repeat in 15min if not vomiting. Do NOT exceed 3 doses.
- Immodium AD – Relieves diarrhea. Dog Dose: 1ml per pound of body weight or 1mg per 20 pounds of body weight every 8 hrs.
- Kaopectate – Relieves diarrhea. Dog Dose: 1ml per pound of body weight every 2 hrs.
- Mineral Oil – Eliminates constipation. Dog Dose: up to 4 tablespoons daily.
- Pepto Bismol – Relieves diarrhea, vomiting, gas. Dog Dose: 1tsp per 5 pounds of body weight or 1 caplet per 20 pounds of body weight every 6 hrs.
- Robitussin DM – Relieves coughing and hacking. Dog Dose: 1tsp per 20 pounds of body weight every 8-12 hrs.
- Digel Liguid – Antacid and anti-gas. Dog Dose: up to 4 tablespoons every 8 hrs.
- Epinephrine 1:1000 – Treats reactions following medications, insect stings, and bites. Dog Dose: 1/10 to 1/2ml intramuscular or subcutaneously.