Is it Safe to Give Human Medicine to Pets?
Sometimes it's safe but always ask your Vet first
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Some vets might recommend meclizine (Bonine, Antivert) or dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), a human motion sickness medicine. Doses are based on your dogs weight, so ask your vet. These drugs may cause drowsiness, too, so beware about dog safety in the car, especially if your friend is fond of hanging out the window.
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It's Your Responsibility: Keep Pets Safe
Owners should keep human medicines away from pets (for example, do not leave out on a nightstand), place pill bottles high up on a counter, and pick up dropped medications immediately. Always consult with your vet about OTC use of drugs for pets, and keep emergency contact numbers including emergency night clinics and the Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435) close-by. Your pet loves you unconditionally, so be sure to ask your vet about any human medication before you give it to your best friend.
Finished: Is it Safe to Give Human Medicine to Pets?
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pain Medicine for Pets: Know the Risks. Consumer Health Information. November 2013. Accessed April 23, 2014 at http://www.drugs.com/fda-consumer/pain-medicines-for-pets-know-the-risks-280.html
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medication Errors Happen to Pets, Too. Consumer Health Information. November 2012. Accessed April 23, 2014 at http://www.drugs.com/fda-consumer/medication-errors-happen-to-pets-too-233.html
- Patty Khuly, DVM. My Top 10 List of Over-the-Counter Human Meds That Can Be Used on Pets. Vetstreet.com Nov. 15, 2011. Accessed April 22, 2014 at http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/my-top-10-list-of-over-the-counter-human-meds-that-can-be-used-on-pets.