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Are you wondering whether you can give dogs paracetamol? There are lots of pain relief options to help stiffness, soreness and muscle pain in dogs, but what pain relief is safe for pups and how much should you give them?
What can you give a dog for pain relief?
Paracetamol is a very popular painkiller for humans, but what pain relief can you give to dogs who are unwell? “The easiest answer is paracetamol. Everyone has it in the house and it’s safe for dogs,” Nick, ProDog Raw‘s vet, tells Country Living.
While paracetamol can be given to dogs, Nick explains one of the best things to do is head to your vet — especially if you are unsure. “If your dog is in pain, the first thing to do is see your vet. They can assess the cause of the pain and most importantly help assess the degree of pain,” he says.
“Different dogs, like different people, deal with pain differently. For example a Staffie and a Whippet will react very differently. The former is tough, but the latter tough, but reacts loudly and visibly to any pain.”
Nick also explains that paracetamol should not be given to cats under any circumstances, as they are very sensitive to the drug. “Dogs are less sensitive to paracetamol than cats. A 20kg dog would need to ingest over seven 500mg tablets to suffer toxicity. For cats, one 250mg paracetamol tablet could be fatal. Paracetamol causes severe damage to the liver and red blood cells,” he continues.
Can you give dogs Aspirin?
“Aspirin can be used in dogs, but paracetamol is safer. Aspirin is toxic to cats, even at relatively low doses, so can only be used under veterinary supervision,” Nick adds. “Herbal pain relief tablets can be effective in dogs. Boswellia, White Willow and Devil’s Claw are routinely used in dogs. Talk to a herb vet to get dosing right.”
How much paracetamol can you give a dog?
Paracetamol can be highly dangerous if the wrong dosage is given. Remember to always dose with food and stop if there are signs of vomiting.
“Paracetamol is licensed in dogs as Pardale V for 5 days. The dose in Pardale V works out at 33mg of paracetamol for every kg of body weight, three times daily. The listed dose in most vet formularies is 10mg/kg twice to three times daily,” Nick explains.
“For a 10kg French Bulldog, for example, this would be 330mg three times daily at the top end of the dose range, down to 100mg two or three times a day.”
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Can I give my dog human paracetamol?
In short, Nick tell us: “Yes, but’s it’s always best to consult a vet. Never dose for more than five days without vet supervision.”
What can I give my dog for pain relief at home?
“Paracetamol is your best bet. If your dog has pain and you’ve no paracetamol, your best bet is to see your vet.”
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