What Human Medicine Can I Give to My Dog?

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Dogs suffer from many of the most common human ailments---pain, allergies, diarrhoea, constipation---and their symptoms can sometimes be treated with the same over-the-counter medications. According to the veterinarian-owned website www.PetEducation.com, some medications for humans are safe for dogs in certain dosages. Confirm all treatments with your veterinarian.

Buffered Aspirin

For pain or fever, give dogs buffered aspirin. Give 5 to 12 mg per pound every twelve hours. Use buffered aspirin only and do not give acetaminophen or ibuprofen.


Benadryl® can be used for allergic reactions in dogs. An itchy, sneezing dog can take 1 to 2 mg per pound every eight hours. It may make him drowsy.


Kaopectate® can be used to control diarrhoea. Give 1ml per pound of body weight every six hours but be aware that prolonged use can cause constipation.


Pepto-Bismol® can also treat diarrhoea. Give 1ml per 4.54 Kilogram every eight hours.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean wounds and induce vomiting. Check with your veterinarian before inducing vomiting; some toxins should not be treated this way.


If your dog is prone to car sickness, you can give her Dramamine. Give her 2 to 4 mg/pound 30 minutes before the trip. It may cause drowsiness and dry mouth.

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