15 Human Over-the-Counter Drugs Safe for Dogs (2022)

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Some human drugs are dangerous and can even be fatal when given to dogs. When a dog develops a health problem at home such as vomiting, diarrhea, or coughing, many pet owners want to know what they can safely give their dogs at home before taking their dog to the veterinarian.

Not only is important to know which medications are safe but also which medications are available to you without a prescription. Drugs you may obtain without a prescription are referred to as “OTC” drugs which means over-the-counter. OTC drugs are available at most pharmacies such as Wal-Mart®, Walgreens®, CVS®, Target®, and/or online pharmacies and drug stores.

Below we will give you information about 30 over-the-counter medications (OTC) that are commonly used humans and can be used safely in most dogs.

We will include information about stomach medications which can be used in dogs with sensitive stomach or vomiting, drugs to treat diarrhea, pain medications, drugs for coughing, drugs that can be used to treat dogs that have allergies and are showing symptoms such as itching, medications to use on dogs that get car sick, and a safe eye product.

It is recommended that you work with your family veterinarian before giving any medication to your dog.

Human OTC Stomach Medications Used in Dogs

  1. Famotidine (Pepcid®)

Famotidine, commonly known by the brand name Pepcid® among others, is a histamine H2 receptor antagonist that decreases the production of acid in the stomach. It is frequently used to treat stomach problems such ulcerations and for pets with nausea or are prone to vomiting.

Famotidine is the most commonly used in this class due to its improved mechanism of action and length of action. Famotidine has largely replaced previous generation drugs, such as Cimetidine and Ranitidine. We will discuss these medications more below.

Famotidine is available in both injectable and oral tablet sizes. Common oral sizes include 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg. A common OTC size is 10 mg. A common dosage is 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg/pound once to twice a day.

For example, a 10-pound dog would get 2.5 mg to 5 mg total dose or ¼ to ½ of a 10 mg tablet. A 20-pound dog would get 5 mg to 10 mg per dose which would be ½ to 1 10 mg tablet.

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Here is more information on how to safely dose and use Famotidine in dogs.

  1. Ranitidine (Zantac®)

Ranitidine, commonly known by the brand name Zantac among others, is a histamine H2 receptor antagonist that decreases the production of acid in the stomach. Like Famotidine listed above is commonly used to treat stomach problems such ulcerations.

Ranitidine is available in both injectable and oral tablet sizes. Common oral sizes include 75 mg, 150 mg, and 300 mg. Here is an article on how to correctly dose and use Ranitidine in dogs.

  1. Cimetidine (Tagamet®)

Cimetidine, commonly known by the brand name Tagamet® among others, is the oldest common histamine H2 receptor antagonist drug that decreases the production of acid in the stomach. Cimetidine is less commonly used due to the development of new and better drugs in the class of histamine H2 receptor antagonist.

However, in a pinch, some pet owners have this medication in their homes and can use Cimetidine. Famotidine (also known as Pepcid and discussed above) and Ranitidine areknown as Zantac and discussed above) both have fewer drug interactions with longer activity.

The risks associated with Cimetidine mostly evolves around its interaction with other drugs. If your dog or cat is on other medications, it is better to choose a newer generation histamine H2 receptor antagonist such as famotidine (Pepcid) discussed above that does not have those same possible adverse effects from drug interactions.

Learn more about how to safely dose Cimetidine in dogs and drug interactions that you should know about.

  1. Calcium Carbonate (Tums®)

Calcium carbonate, commonly known as Tums®, is an antacid and oral phosphate binder. It is commonly used as a calcium supplement in dogs with chronic hypocalcemia and to treat hyperphosphatemia associated with chronic renal (kidney) failure. Calcium carbonate can also be used as an oral antacid and for conditions such as esophagitis and/or gastroduodenal ulcerations. However, calcium carbonate is uncommonly prescribed as an antacid as there are stronger and more effective antacids.

There are many oral calcium carbonate products available in chewable and regular tablets in common sizes are 500 mg, 750 mg, and 1000mg. There is also oral suspensions 1250 mg/5mL.

The dose most commonly used in dogs as an antacid is 0.5 grams and up to 5 grams total dose orally every 4 hours as needed. Small dogs can receive 500 mg, medium sized dogs 750 to 1000 mg and larger dogs 2000 mg.

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  1. Omeprazole (Prilosec®)

Omeprazole, commonly known by the brand name Prilosec®, is used in the treatment and prevention of stomach (gastric) and intestinal ulcers in dogs and cats. Omeprazole belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors and lasts about 24 hours.

The dose most commonly used in dogs is 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg per pound once daily (ever 24 hours). Common OTC dosage sizes 10 and 20 mg pill sizes.

Therefore, the dose for a 10-pound dog would be 2.5 to 5 mg (1/4 to ½ of a 10 mg tablet). The dose for a 50-pound dog would be approximately 12.5 to 25 mg total dose. It would be safe to give this dog 10 mg to 25 mg (1 to 2 ½ of the 10 mg tablets). Remember, you could give one 20 mg tablet as well if you purchase that size tablet.

Learn more about how to safely use omeprazole in your dog.

  1. Esomeprazole (Nexium®)

Esomeprazole, commonly known by the brand name NexIUM®, is used in the treatment and prevention of stomach (gastric) and intestinal ulcers in dogs and cats. It is less commonly used then omeprazole (Prilosec) discussed above.

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Human OTC Bowel Medications Used in Dogs

  1. Loperamide (Imodium®)

Loperamide, commonly known as Imodium®, is a synthetic piperidine derivative, that is used to treat diarrhea in dogs. It works primarily by slowing the movement of the intestines and may also decrease intestinal secretions, and enhance mucosal absorption.

It is best to use this over-the-counter medication under the guidance of your veterinarian. If your dog is showing concurrent vomiting, lethargy or weakness, it is best to have your dog evaluated by a veterinarian.

Learn more about how to safely dose Imodium in dogs and drug interactions that you should know about.

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  1. Psyllium (Metamucil®)

Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative, commonly known by the brand name Metamucil® as well as many other generic names. It can be used in dogs with constipation and sometimes in dogs with chronic watery diarrhea.

Diarrhea in dogs is often treated with a bland diet as well. Please see more about Home Care of Diarrhea in Dogs. Learn more about how to safely dose Metamucil in dogs. Please make sure your dog always has plenty of water to drink when giving Metamucil.

  1. Simethicone (Gas-X®)

Simethicone, commonly known as Gas-X, is an anti-foaming and anti-flatulence agent used to treat discomfort, pain, bloating, burping, and flatulence caused by excessive intestinal gas. It is generally safe for dogs of all ages.

Also- here is an article that might be useful that discusses causes and treatment options for flatulence in dogs.

  1. Polyethylene Glycol 3350 (Miralax®)

Polyethylene glycol 3350, commonly known as MiraLAX®, is used as a laxative to treat canine and feline constipation. It commonly comes as a power you can mix with water or sprinkle on your pet’s food. MiraLAX® is also used to empty the intestines prior to diagnostic procedures such as a colonoscopy or intestinal surgery in both pets and humans. MiraLAX® is available without a prescription at most pharmacies. Learn more about how safely use MiraLAX in your pet. Learn more about how to safely give Miralax to your dog.

11. Bismuth Subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol®, Kaopectate®)

Bismuth subsalicylate, better known as Pepto-Bismol, is used to treat diarrhea and minor stomach problems, such as stomach inflammation. New formulations of Kaopectate® contains salicylate. This is important because two tablespoons of Pepto-Bismol contain almost as much salicylate as one aspirin tablet. Some dogs are sensitive to aspirin and should not be given with other medications including steroids (such as Prednisone, Dexamethasone) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs (such as Rimadyl, Novox, Meloxicam, Deramaxx and many more). Please use only under the advice of your veterinarian. Learn more about how to use bismuth subsalicylate in dogs.

IMPORTANT WARNING: Bismuth Subsalicylate should never be used in cats.

  1. Culturelle®

Culturelle is a probiotic recommended in dogs with diarrhea, constipation, or dog that have excessive “gas”. Probiotics are substances that stimulate the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestinal flora. They are generally live bacteria and yeasts.

The intestinal tract is normally full of bacteria, both good and bad, and in the healthy body has the right balance. In illness or while taking certain medications such as antibiotics, the bad bacteria can take over. Probiotics can help restore the good bacteria and reestablish the right balance. There are many types of probiotics and one that is commonly used in dogs and cats is called “Culturelle”. Learn more about probiotics and prebiotics.

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Culturelle is a human over-the-counter product. It is available in capsules and in sachet’s (little packets like sweeter). The dose of the packet is generally easy as you sprinkle it on the food. The dose is 1/10 of a packet per 10 pounds of body weight daily. A 50-pound dog would get ½ packet once a day. ADD LINK AFTER ADD ARTICLE

  1. Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®)

Bisacodyl is commonly known as Dulcolax® and is used as a laxative to treat constipation for dogs and cats. Bisacodyl is available in 5 mg tablets, 5 mg and 10 mg rectal suppositories and 10 mg/30 ml enema bottles. For dogs, the dose varies between 1 to 4 tablets once daily. If you believe your dog is constipated, we recommend that you see your veterinarian to determine the underlying cause. Some dogs will strain and appear to be constipated and actually have a urinary obstruction or colitis.

Learn more about how to safely give your dog Dulcolax.

  1. Docusate Sodium (Colace®)

Docusate sodium is commonly known as Colace® and is used as a laxative to treat constipation in dogs and cats. It can also be used to clean out the intestinal tract in dogs before diagnostic procedures and surgery.

As mentioned above under Dulcolax, some dogs will strain and appear to be constipated but actually may be a life-threatening urinary obstruction or colitis. See your veterinarian if you have concerns.

Learn more about how to safely give your dog Colace.

Allergy Medications

  1. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®)

Diphenhydramine, commonly known by the brand name Benadryl® among others, belongs to a class or drugs known as antihistamines. Diphenhydramine is routinely used for dogs for treatment of symptoms associated with allergies or allergic reactions. Signs of allergies in dogs often include excessive itching and licking of the skin. Dogs with acute allergic reactions can have swollen faces (especially around the muzzle and eyes) and hives. Dogs with chronic allergies often have secondary skin infections and Diphenhydramine can be used in conjunction with antibiotics and steroid medications to control clinical signs.

Although diphenhydramine is relatively safe, side effects may include sedation, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and lack of appetite.

The most common dose used in dogs for diphenhydramine is 1 mg per pound. Therefore a 25-pound dog would get one 25 mg tablet and a 50 pound would get two 25 mg tablets. When buying diphenhydramine, make sure “diphenhydramine” is the only ingredient. It also comes in a liquid formulation made for children which makes it easier to dose in smaller dogs.

For more information, learn about how to safely give your dog Diphenhydramine.

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FAQs

Can dogs have Tylenol or ibuprofen? ›

Do not give your dog ibuprofen or acetaminophen. There are some of the available NSAIDs just for dogs: carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl) deracoxib (Deramaxx)

What human pill is safe for dogs? ›

Benadryl is used in veterinary practices as a treatment for allergies, motion sickness, and travel anxiety. It's also a popular human medicine for dogs and it's often used in veterinary practice.

What human pain meds can be given to dogs? ›

Ibuprofen is the main ingredient found in over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil, Motrin, and Nuprin. While these medicines are safe for humans in the appropriate doses, it just takes one pill to cause severe problems for your dog. Dogs and cats can get stomach ulcers or kidney failure from these medications.

What can you give a dog for pain relief at home? ›

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How much Tylenol can I give my dog? ›

Dosage instructions

The correct dosage of Tylenol is around 10 mg per kg of body weight every 12 hours. Some sources claim that you can give your dog up to 30 mg per kg for a short period. Recommended dosages are different for every dog, so you're best off checking with your veterinarian before giving your dog Tylenol.

Is baby aspirin safe for dogs? ›

While you can use human baby aspirin as recommended by your vet, aspirin made for dogs is typically a better option. Human aspirin has a coating on it that helps to protect the human stomach from irritation. Your dog cannot digest this coating, so the medication may not provide the desired effects.

Can I give my dog Benadryl for pain? ›

Benadryl doesn't relieve dog pain, so you should talk to your vet about other treatment options.

Is aspirin safe for dogs? ›

Vets usually prescribe aspirin for dogs with osteoarthritis or musculoskeletal inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with these conditions and can offer your dog relief from symptoms.

Is ibuprofen safe for dogs? ›

You should never give your dog ibuprofen. The medicine can cause damage to your dog's stomach and kidneys, says Alison Meindl, DVM, a veterinarian, and professor at Colorado State University. This is because ibuprofen blocks the activity of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX).

Can I give Benadryl to my dog? ›

Benadryl is safe to give your dog for allergies, anxiety, motion sickness, and vaccine side effects. Though a typical Benadryl pill is 25 mg, you should only give your dog 0.9-1.8 mg per pound of weight. Make sure that the Benadryl you're giving your dog only contains diphenhydramine.

Can I get antibiotics for my dog without going to the vet? ›

Can I get antibiotics for my dog without seeing a vet? Yes, there are antibiotics that you can get without a vet prescription. Can you get antibiotics at a pet store? Many pet stores, including online pet stores, carry antibiotics that are safe to use for dogs.

Can I give Tylenol to my dog? ›

That means some medications that are safe for people can be toxic to dogs or can even kill them. Never give your dog the most common over-the-counter human pain relievers: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)

Can you give dogs aspirin or Tylenol? ›

Never attempt to relieve your dog's pain by administering over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, naproxen (e.g., Aleve), acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol), or aspirin. Human anti-inflammatories can cause life-threatening toxicities in pets, and you should give your dog only veterinarian-prescribed medications.

How much Advil can you give a dog? ›

Ibuprofen has a narrow margin of safety in dogs. One recommended dosage is 5 mg/kg/day, divided.

What is a good anti-inflammatory for a dog? ›

The most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) for dogs are carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl), deracoxib (Deramaxx), meloxicam (Metacam ), deracoxib (Deramaxx), firocoxib (Previcox). Some vets will okay the use of aspirin for your pup for a short term injury.

How much baby aspirin can I give my dog? ›

It is recommended to give buffered aspirin if possible. 1 baby aspiring/ 10 pounds body weight given every 12 hours. 1 adult aspirin/40 pounds body weight given every 12 hours. Do not exceed 2 tablets for any dog.

How can I ease my dogs leg pain? ›

Soak the foot in warm water with Epsom salts to relieve swelling. Then apply antibiotic ointment. If the dog has swelling associated with a sprain, bruise or tendonitis, apply ice packs to the area for 15 minutes twice daily. Flowing water improves circulation, reduces swelling, and promotes healing.

How much Aleve can I give my dog? ›

Due to its potency and high risk of overdose, you should never give your dog Naproxen without consulting with your vet first. Likely, your vet will instead recommend another NSAID medication that is proven to be safer for dogs. However, if prescribed by your vet, the dosage will range from 0.5mg to 1.5mg per pound.

What happens if a dog eats 500 mg Tylenol? ›

What should I do if my dog or cat eats acetaminophen? If the exposure just occurred and your pet is not yet showing any signs of illness, contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline, a 24/7 animal poison control, at 800-213-6680. Early assessment and treatment increase the chance for a safe and successful outcome.

What can I give my dog for arthritis pain? ›

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) play a major role in controlling dog joint pain and inflammation. Prescription medications such Galliprant, Carprofen, and Meloxicam are the safest options for controlling pain and inflammation compared to over-the-counter, non-veterinary products.

Can I give my dog baby Tylenol? ›

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Under a vets care, Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be used for fever and mild pain in dogs, but is fatal to cats and should NEVER be given to them. Dogs can be sensitive to acetaminophen, too. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage in both dogs and cats and lower the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood.

Will an 81 mg aspirin hurt a dog? ›

An 81 mg. dose of aspirin is not eliminated from the dog's body as quickly as it is from the human's, so there is a greater risk of the drug accumulating in an organ like the kidney and leading to toxicity.

Will Benadryl make a dog sleepy? ›

One of the side effects of Benadryl is drowsiness, which helps to calm anxious dogs. The Merck Veterinary Manual states that diphenhydramine may relieve symptoms of mild-to-moderate anxiety in pets associated with travel. It also may help relieve motion sickness.

Which OTC antihistamine is best for dogs? ›

The most common antihistamine for dogs is diphenhydramine (brand name Benadryl). Also found in ProSense Dog Itch & Allergy Solutions Tablets, diphenhydramine is safe in most dogs if given in the recommended dosage of 1 mg of diphenhydramine per pound of body weight given by mouth.

Can dogs take melatonin? ›

Yes, melatonin is safe for dogs when administered properly. Melatonin is a natural sleep aid that can also help dogs with separation anxiety and stress. For dosing, the recommendation is 1 mg of melatonin per 20 pounds your dog weighs.

Can I give my dog Aleve? ›

The answer is a simple and emphatic NO.

Aleve is extremely toxic for dogs, and even a small dose can cause life-threatening side effects. If your dog needs treatment for pain, including chronic pain caused by arthritis, consult your veterinarian.

What does gabapentin do to dogs? ›

Gabapentin is a medicine given to dogs to control and treat seizures, help with pain, and assist with treating anxiety. Different doses of gabapentin can be administered according to the pet's needs. Some adverse effects of gabapentin include lethargy, diarrhea, and anxiety.

Will one Advil hurt my dog? ›

Advil and other human painkillers like Aleve and Tylenol are extremely bad for dogs. Just a single dose of Advil is likely to cause stomach or kidney problems in your dog. Overdoses can also rapidly cause bleeding, kidney failure, or even death.

Will 25 mg of Benadryl make my dog sleepy? ›

The side effects of Benadryl in dogs are similar to the side effects humans might experience with the drug. These include sleepiness, dry mouth, sluggishness, or urinary retention.

How much Zyrtec can I give my dog? ›

Zyrtec Dosage and Instructions. It is recommended to give your dog 0.5mg per pound of body weight. You can safely give Zyrtec to your dog up to 20 mg per day. It should only be administered orally.

How much Claritin can I give my dog? ›

Vets generally prescribe Claritin for dogs in a dosage 0.2 milligrams per pound of body weight. This can translate as giving a small dog around 5 milligrams of Claritin every day, or 10 milligrams for a larger dog.

What is the strongest natural antibiotic for dogs? ›

Many experts would say that the strongest natural antibiotic for dogs is oregano oil. A safe alternative antibiotic for pups, this oil has been shown to successfully treat viral infections, bacterial infections, colds, parasites, and much more.

Can I give my dog human Amoxicillin 500mg? ›

Amoxicillin 500mg dosage used in humans can be fatal in pets. In dogs and cats, the typical dose of amoxicillin ranges from 5 to 12 mg per pound (10 to 25 mg / kg), two or three times a day.

Can I buy Amoxicillin for my dog? ›

Amoxicillin is a broad-spectrum penicillin antibiotic used to treat various infections caused by susceptible strains of bacteria. Amoxicillin is sold per capsule or per tablet and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

How much Tylenol can a 50 pound dog have? ›

Tylenol Toxicity

As little as two tablets can be toxic to a 50-pound dog. The most common toxic damage that occurs is to the liver and red blood cells.

How much aspirin can I give a 15 pound dog? ›

Your vet will give you a recommended dosage, but here's the average aspirin dose for dogs based on weight: 0 – 5 pounds: 25 – 50 mg. 5 – 10 pounds: 50 – 100 mg. 10 – 20 pounds: 100 – 200 mg.

What happens if a dog eats a 200mg ibuprofen? ›

In addition to ulcers, increasing doses of ibuprofen eventually lead to kidney failure and, if left untreated, can be fatal. Symptoms of ibuprofen toxicity in a dog may include not eating, vomiting, black tarry stools, abdominal pain, weakness, lethargy, increased thirst and increased urination.

What happens if a dog eats an Aleve pill? ›

As little as one 220mg tablet can cause very serious symptoms (even death), even in a large dog. When dogs or cats ingest naproxen, it can result in severe gastrointestinal ulcers (which can perforate and rupture the intestines) and acute kidney failure.

Can I give my dog tramadol for pain? ›

Tramadol is a medication veterinarians commonly dispense to manage pain in dogs. Physicians also frequently prescribe tramadol for human aches and pains, and it is one of the few human painkillers that is safe to give to dogs under the guidance of a veterinarian.

Is Benadryl safe for dogs? ›

Benadryl is safe to give your dog for allergies, anxiety, motion sickness, and vaccine side effects. Though a typical Benadryl pill is 25 mg, you should only give your dog 0.9-1.8 mg per pound of weight. Make sure that the Benadryl you're giving your dog only contains diphenhydramine.

How much Benadryl can I give my dog? ›

Benadryl dosage for dogs.

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, the safe dosage is 2-4 milligrams of medication per kilogram of weight, or 0.9 to 1.8 milligrams per pound. This amount can be administered two to three times daily, depending on your dog's symptoms.

Can dogs have ibuprofen? ›

Can I give Ibuprofen to my Pet? Do not give Ibuprofen to your dog or cat under any circumstances. Ibuprofen and naproxen are common and effective medications used to treat inflammation and pain in humans, but they should not be given to pets. These drugs can be toxic (poisonous) to dogs and cats.

How much Zyrtec can I give my dog? ›

Zyrtec Dosage and Instructions. It is recommended to give your dog 0.5mg per pound of body weight. You can safely give Zyrtec to your dog up to 20 mg per day. It should only be administered orally.

Can dogs take melatonin? ›

Yes, melatonin is safe for dogs when administered properly. Melatonin is a natural sleep aid that can also help dogs with separation anxiety and stress. For dosing, the recommendation is 1 mg of melatonin per 20 pounds your dog weighs.

Will 25 mg of Benadryl make my dog sleepy? ›

The side effects of Benadryl in dogs are similar to the side effects humans might experience with the drug. These include sleepiness, dry mouth, sluggishness, or urinary retention.

Can I give my dog Tylenol? ›

Dogs and OTC Medications Like Tylenol

For your pet's safety, never give them anything OTC without talking to your veterinarian. This includes medications like acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other OTC medication.

Which OTC antihistamine is best for dogs? ›

Benadryl is a great medication for use in dogs with mild-to-moderate allergies. Seasonal allergies, food allergies, environmental allergies, and allergic reactions to snake and insect bites all respond to Benadryl in most cases.

Can you give Robitussin to dogs? ›

If your dog is coughing up a storm, you may consider giving him a cough suppressant such as Robitussin. This medicine is only intended to be used for a short time period and should only be given under a veterinarian's approval. A veterinarian will determine the correct dosage of Robitussin for your dog.

How many 25 mg Benadryl can I give my dog? ›

Benadryl Dose for Dogs

Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook recommends giving a standard dosage of 25 milligrams for a 25-pound dog two to three times per day. As a general rule of thumb, use 1 milligram per pound of your dog's body weight. For example, a 50-pound dog would be given two 25 milligram tablets.

Is baby aspirin safe for dogs? ›

While you can use human baby aspirin as recommended by your vet, aspirin made for dogs is typically a better option. Human aspirin has a coating on it that helps to protect the human stomach from irritation. Your dog cannot digest this coating, so the medication may not provide the desired effects.

Can I give my dog Benadryl for pain? ›

Benadryl doesn't relieve dog pain, so you should talk to your vet about other treatment options.

Is Advil safe for dogs? ›

Q:Can you give a dog Advil? A: No. Advil contains ibuprofen which is toxic to dogs, and can cause damage to the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract.

Is Zyrtec or Benadryl better for dogs? ›

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is the most popular antihistamine for humans and can be effective for dogs as well. Just be aware that Benadryl has sedative properties, so your dog could get very drowsy. Other safe antihistamines for dogs include Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine).

Is human Zyrtec safe for dogs? ›

In fact, Zyrtec is one of the safest over-the-counter medications for dogs. It is an excellent first-aid choice and has wide safety margins – it is not likely to cause any issues even if given in large doses.

Can you give dogs Zyrtec or Claritin? ›

Zyrtec (cetirizine) or Claritin (loratadine) can be given once to twice daily. The adult tablets are both 10mg. Dogs under 10 pounds should get no more than 5mg, or ½ of a tablet. Those weighing 10-50 pounds should get 10mg, and heavy dogs (over 50 pounds) can take up to 20mg.

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