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Dogs and OTC medicines good or bad?



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Dogs and OTC medicines good or bad?

So when my pup had her accident, of course I couldnt bring her to the Vet right away because everyone around was closed (it was a saturday). I could tell, obviously she was in alot of pain so I was going to give her some tylenol or advil for the pain she was having BUT then i remembered that dogs cant have the same lind of thing humans can. So i did some research!

Tylenol can be lethal for dogs and cats! I had no idea, im so glad i did my research before just giving it to her. Advil is also known for giving dogs and cats upset stomaches and ulcers.

So what can I do, then, if this ever happens again and I cant bring her to the Vet right away? Just let her be in pain? Is there something I can do to the ease pain until I can get them to the Vet?

Thanks in advance guys!

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MusicMoguls

I have been doing a lot of research on this and everything i find says that you cannot give them anything for pain. I did read that you can give them omega 3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation but nothing for pain. I think this is a way fro vets to corner the market on drugs for dogs and cats. How can they be the only ones who have pain meds that are good for dogs? I am going to need some pain meds for my back if i have to keep carrying around this 50 pound dog. I wonder what is in the pain meds the vets give you and if their is some kind of way to get it OTC. I hope someone can find the answer to this because i sure could not. Thank you for sharing!



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ermini2

i think that is so crazy, that we wouldnt be able to reduce her pain unless we brought her to the vet. sounds like a scam to me!!! LOL

yea man, she is too heavy for us to be carrying in and out to the bathroom!



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Lynne

I have always been lucky with this. When we were growing up my younger sister was best friends with the vets daughter. So if ever we did have an emergency we could just call.

Then when I had my own pets when I moved out of home and out of touch with the local vet, one of my closest friends married a vet's assistant.

This came so in handy one Sunday a car knocked my cat.The person just drove off and my cat managed to make it inside. I called my friend and his wife opened up the vet's offices and she sedated my cat, dressed his wounds and made sure he was comfy and not in any immediate danger. He stayed there overnight until the vet could attend to him on the Monday.

I can only imagine how awful that must have been for you and for your pet. Can you not get an emergency number from your vet and ask what the procedure is?



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ermini2

that must have been super convenient and really nice of your friend, i wish we knew people here that would help us like that. LOL
i can try to ask them what do to in that kind of situation, i have to head back to the vet tomorrow so the orthopedic dr can take a look at her. another $100-150, i think its seriously time for pet insurance.! =l



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ballyhara

This tip is the best one. I've always tried to ask to the vet his number for emergencies, I make myself clear that of course I will pay the expenses as an emergency, so that way the vet understands I know it is out of his schedule. I tend to make a list of the medications my dog has received, and the use of it, also I have some on the fridge in case I need them.



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Cristian

I never gave my dogs human medication without consulting the vet first! I know for a fact that some human drugs can have a lethal effect on dogs in fact, one my neighbors actually poisoned his own dog by giving it human pain relief pills, the dog died eventually before he could make it to the vet.

Also, did you know chocolate is actually toxic to most animals, including dogs? Never give human food to a dog without prior researching, dogs are basically carnivores so anything that is based on meat and animal products will be fine as long as it doesn't contains other chemicals.



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ermini2

yes, i knew about the chocolate being toxic to dogs. Although when i was younger, I must have had a bionic indestructible dog because my little Toy Fox Terrier got into all of our Easter candy and chocolates ehile we were out and ate everything! he had diarrhea but he never died or got super sick.



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Cristian

Haha, he really liked the taste of chocolate, glad he didn't got sick though.



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ermini2

haha yea he did! i was so upset when i saw what he did because i knew, even then, that chocolate wasnt good for dogs. im pretty sure i cried in fear of him dying!



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Heatman6190

It's never advisable to self medicate your pet without your vets instructions and prescription of drugs to administer to your dog. I think it's the same you avoid getting self medication without your doctors appointment and instructions, is the same way it is with pets.

It's in your pets best interest that you refrain from giving it self medication as anything could go wrong and you would have yourself to blame for a very long time if not for the rest of your life.

If you dog is in pains probably from home accident and the vet is yet to come and check it out, I think massage therapy is the best thing you can offer to the dogs before the vet comes. Massage therapy goes a long way in making a dog relax even in pains and enjoy the touching. So it's probably what I can suggest for you. I hope it helps.



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augusta

I have never try to give my dogs OTC drugs because it was expressly instructed by my vet not to do so. So whenever a problem comes up,I take them to the vet.

I think the vets want to make all the money that's why they don't even prescribed drugs to be bought for the dogs,the provide everything themselves.



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Heatman6190

I would simply encourage that you have some kind of conversation relationship with your pet vet, should such happen again all you need to is ring the vet and tell him or her what has happened and definitely he or she would make out spare time to come and attend to your dog.



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