Over-the-Counter Medications That Are Safe for Dogs (And How Much to Give!)

While veterinary care, lots of love, and a healthy lifestyle is the absolute best way to keep your pet feeling great, all dogs will experience at least some form of injury or illness in their lifetime. Did you know that there are many over-the-counter human medications that can be safe and effective for dogs, when used correctly?

Benadryl, or another branded antihistamine, can be incredibly useful for treating allergies, bug bites, or other causes of itchy skin. Buffered aspirin is an excellent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Even Dramamine can be used for dogs with motion sickness, and Immodium can treat diarrhea. However, dosages for dogs are much different than for humans.

Use the information on these slides to determine if your OTC medication is dog (and cat) safe and how much should be administered. Always check with your veterinarian that understands your pet’s health and history before giving any medications. Additionally, be certain that you’re using only the medication listed, not other ingredients. Many antihistamines, for example, include added decongestants that can be lethal for your dog. Check labels very carefully and when in doubt, don’t use.

Please note: Collies and other herding breeds may have a genetic mutation that makes certain OTC drugs on this list – even those that are considered safe for other breeds – very dangerous. Always check with your veterinarian before administering human medications.

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  2. Aldo

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:29 am

    You should not give your dog aspirin or anti inflammatory meds made for human consumption..Take your fur buddy to the vet if u think he's in pain… Common sense will save your furry friends life!

    • Jakline

      Nov 13, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Ohh I didn’t know that! why actually it’s dangerous for my dog’s life?

  3. Dell

    Mar 30, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I have a 15 year old dashson male and I can tell he's in a lot of pain. What would I be able to give him.

  4. Carl

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Not very helpful and they make you click through 12 pages of click bait ads to find the
    info they do have.

    I have a miniature dachshund who is recovering from having some teeth pulled yesterday. This site recommends 5 mg of Aspirin per pound of body weight but they don't tell you the method of administration.

    There are other websites ran by veterinarians that say never give a dog aspirin.

    • Emi

      Mar 18, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Did you find any relief for your pup? I'm in the exact same boat with my mini and I can't come up with anything to help him.

    • Jonathan Schaefer

      Dec 9, 2017 at 10:41 am

      I agree! If you ask ANY VET, they’ll try to steer you AWAY from human pain relievers. Any the ones THEY SELL are outrageous in price! I am sick and tired of paying $1.50/DAY for long term ibuprofen from the vet! She’s a 12 year old Golden Retriever mix and she’s been GREAT with glucosamine and Vetprofen but it costs more than I can pay! I found Sam’s Club has VETiq, which has 600mg glucosamine. It’s $15 for 180 chewables. I’ve been paying $56 for 84 chewables of 900mg glucosamine from the vet. I’ll just give her TWO a day and STILL save a ton each year! I just need to find a suitable alternative to that expensive Vetprofen!

  5. Ron Contreras

    Nov 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I have a 3 1/2 year old mini dashound she has been vomiting clear since this morning can i give her pepto bismo sorry for the bad spelling

  6. Hime

    Oct 17, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Please help. My miniature poodle 16 years old. He Is restless and whines while he sit. Sometimes pacing back and forth.

    I try giving him GNC Mega Dog Aspirin 120 MG chewable Tablet. But it doesn’t help much. Benadryl helps a little.

    At the moment, I can’t afford to take him to the vet. Any suggestions?

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  8. Lynn

    Sep 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Dramamine and Benadryl are BOTH diphenhydramine. Store brands are usually cheaper. Just check the amount of diphenhydramine on the package and dose your pet appropriately.

    • Amanda Baines

      Mar 28, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      They aren't the exact same, but very close.
      Benadryl is diphenhydramine (bonded in a hydrochloride salt formulation).

      Dramamine is also diphenhydramine, but bonded to 8-chlorotheophylline, which whoever put the two together decided to give a different name altogether: dimenhydrinate. To say the least, doing this was an unorthodox practice.

      The only functional difference between the medications is that upon dissociation, the hydrochloride salt (which is converted to hydrochloric acid in the stomach) possesses no bioactivity, while 8-chlorotheophylline goes on to be absorbed and pass the blood-brain barrier, where it acts as a mild stimulant not fundamentally different from caffeine. The purpose of this is to reduce drowsiness produced by diphenhydramine, but within the therapeutic dosage range the sedative effect of the diphenhydramine will always significantly outweigh the stimulant properties of the 8-chlorotheophylline.

      So to sum things up, you wouldn't really be functionally incorrect to think of Dramamine simply as Benadryl with just a pinch of caffeine.

  9. nancy ruggeri

    May 24, 2016 at 2:12 pm


    • Hope

      Jun 3, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Who the hell would think to drink or feed a pet HPeroxide…?!?! That is obvious, read the label, "FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY"

  10. Leslie

    May 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I was under the impression that human painkillers for dogs was an absolute no-no under any circumstances! I’ve treated my dog with all natural anti-inflammatories that have Devil’s Claw and Yucca to fight the pain and inflammation without the nasty effects of traditional anti-inflammatories. I buy the Inflamex kind from Ortocanis: http://www.ortocanis.com/en/complementos-nutricionales/182-canine-inflamex-solution.html

  11. virginia rosado

    Apr 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I have a beagle mix, his snout is swollen due to a laceration or a bite (notsure which) i gave him benadryl this morning at 8am..i returned from work but found it still swollen and it seems as if he has been trying ti scratch it. I gave him an antibiotic amoxicilin and an antiinflamarory medication..carprofen..

  12. sandra

    Mar 14, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    my daughter dog is 10 years old. she is a bull massive and is having pain in her hip. is there anything she can give her for pain without the costly bills from a vet? she may not be around for very long as she is getting older so any help would be great! thank you sandra

  13. Kyle

    Mar 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the useful article. I’ve written an article on what to give dogs for pain over on my blog: http://www.stemcellvet.co.uk/what-to-give-a-dog-for-pain/
    Worthwhile read for those looking for more options.

  14. Jack Luyt

    Mar 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Acetaminophen is sold as Tylenol in North America; elsewhere it is called paracetamol (Panado).
    It is an absolute no-no for cats and dogs, who lack the liver enzyme that renders it safe in humans.
    It is the most common pain-killer on the market; marketed as a Generic medication worldwide under a bewildering variety of different trade names. So read the label – and never give your pet anything that contains ‘acetaminophen’ or ‘paracetamol’!

  15. Carolyn Clarkson

    Feb 29, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Do not give collies Kaopectate. Collies and some other breeds have drug sensitivity as per a mutation or defect in the blood-brain barrier. Other drugs include: selecamectin, moxidectin, some formulas of Pepto Bismol, ivermectin, digoxin, erythromycin, dexamethazone, hydrocortisone, acepromozine. Butorphanol, rimadyl. Check with your vet always and a full list is available on the Collie Health site of the Collie Club of America.

    • Steph Hulett

      Mar 20, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Collies, and other herding breeds, should not have the drugs Carolyn mentions above. They also shouldn’t have Immodium. This breed of dog can have a mutated gene that when given these drugs can cause neurological issues. Please visit this website to learn more about MutliDrug sensitivity in dogs: http://vcpl.vetmed.wsu.edu/problem-drugs. Dogington Post, you should really put this disclaimer on the slides for these drugs.

  16. Carolyn Clarkson

    Feb 29, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Do not give Immodium to collies!

  17. Beckie

    Feb 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I have a 14 year miniature cocker 20 pounds what can I give her and how much otc pain medicine can I give her she has arthritis

    • BobCallsIt

      Sep 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Read the article and do the math?

  18. misun

    Feb 18, 2016 at 3:42 am

    My fur baby just had surgerie today she had hematoma on her ear and the doctors didn’t not give anything for the pain what can I give my fura baby to give her some relief please help

  19. Julie

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I have a blue healer 11 years old that somehow hurt her back leg ( I think from escaping the yard ). Course it’s Sunday and vet is not open and I had to go to work. She’s in a lot of pain so I gave her some dog pain med left over from her brother to comfort her today and I have one left over for tonight. I won’t be able to get her to the vet til Monday afternoon. What can I give her to get her through tomorrow?

    • Dd

      Feb 20, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      You should take her to see a vet who opens after 20:00 PM. There are some vet clinics only open after dark.

      • Lucy Gray

        Aug 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm

        And those emergency vets can cost a fortune. Soaked my daughter for over $5000 before it was over for a bull dog’s broken leg.

  20. Cumeta m

    Feb 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I have a 4 year old terrier and just noticed that she can’t walk good she limps she falls when she jump up she falls to the side when she walks she just lays around all day not active at all can’t afford the vet what should i do.

    • Julie

      Feb 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      If you can’t afford even a vet visit to figure out what’s wrong, then maybe you should consider finding her a new home. If she’s laying around and not active, it’s because she’s in pain. She doesn’t deserve to suffer because you can’t afford to help her. Find someone who can.

      • Terry

        Feb 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm

        do you suggest that only wealthy people should own pets? Vet bills are crazy for ordinary people. I think they are looking for helpful advice. Buffered aspirin might be a start.

        • misun

          Feb 18, 2016 at 2:55 am

          Thank you for helping this lady by giveing her advice on what she needs to halp her fur baby you area nice lady .

        • Kim

          Mar 2, 2016 at 10:22 am

          Thank u for the advice, I also can’t afford the vet at the moment my chow Shepard mix is older he has been having a hard time sitting & moving after playing down for awhile his hind leg seems to be hurt, I’m going to try the buffered aspirin just because u can’t afford the vet u should give him away he’s been a part of my family 10 plus yrs I love him love him & couldn’t imagine him not a part of my life & what he might go thru wandering why & where mommy & daddy are not with him, I would do anything for Buddy & never want to see him suffer. Thank u for your helpful advice….. Appreciated

          • Jeanette

            Apr 1, 2016 at 3:37 pm

            I would NEVER give my pet to another person.. NEVER! My dog has been my constant companion for 14 years and he grieves when we leave him even for a day for shopping let alone forever… I cant believe how insensitive some people are.. You were wise to come her and ask advice and yes vets are crazy expensive so alternatives are a good choice when we aren’t flowing in cash which many of us aren’t.. Love is always the best option… Good luck with your pup.. Fellow dog lover

  21. Ivelisse Quinones

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Yesterday my yorkshierterrier got acttacked by a bullmaster mix pit!!!! My dogs back is sore and gots a tiny wound 1/2 inch around his left sholder and i use betadine solution to clean around the wound and clean the wound with clean water. I was afraid to use sope or dog shampoo but i dont know what to give him for the pain. It say here to give the dog buffered asprin. But i dont understand. buffered?

    • Denise

      Jan 25, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Ivalisse the term Buffered on aspirins means that the pill is coated with something that lessens stomach irritability for the person/animal taking it. Remember, NEVER, EVER substitute Tylenol, Aleve, or Advil for aspirin. Aspirin only!!

      I hope your fur baby gets better from it’s bite soon.

    • Denise

      Jan 25, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      I don’t understand why this post didn’t mention not allowing the feeding of anything grape flavored to pets?! I cannot believe it’s an oversite, so what’s up? Someone dropped the ball

      • Nate

        Feb 11, 2016 at 10:20 am

        most grape flavourings are synthetic for one, not made from actual grapes. two, while grapes can be toxic to dogs it seems that the toxicity varies quite abit from one dog to another(some people report being able to give handfuls of grapes to their dogs without any problems, they started feeding before they knew they were bad).

        In anycase, this is abit off topic yes grapes are not good for dogs, grape flavored medication most likely is NOT flavored from actual grapes as thats impractical. But you can check the side it might say if its natural flavor or not. Even if it was i don’t think the very small amount of flavoring is going to have an effect but doesnt hurt to err on the side of caution.

  22. Linda

    Dec 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I need to cut my dogs nails but he trys to bite me when I do and he don’t like to get clipped the groomer said he try ed to bite them to so I need to get him to go to sleep when I do him what can I use to get him to go to sleep ?

    • Shelley

      Jan 18, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Use a muzzle

    • Wallacetyne O. Williams

      Jan 27, 2016 at 3:27 am

      I have the same situation, or I did. Got them a Pedi Paws Rotary Nail File with rough sand paper and one less abrasive. It is similar to a dermal, but cones with a guard, so not to trim to close and I believe it is call the quick. The nail time went from aggressive behavior to, turn on a movie, get the job done, and NOW NO PROBLEMS. I have a American Cocker-Spaniel age 8 yrs. A Staff-ashier Terrier 6, Maltese-Poodle 4, Shih-tzu -Poodle 2, and 4 Maltese-Shih-tzu-Poodle, designer 10 month old pups. They all get groomed bi-monthly and never have a problem with nail grooming. Turning 65 in 12 days, I love and spoil my fur-babies, they have their own at home salon, and I learning about techniques, tools, and how to keep them polished and groomed like a professional. Their daily walks have improved as I feared the groomers were not say the same when I left them, and my pay back for the salon allows a retire to save $$$ for a better life, the pedi paws has adjustable slots for smallest to largest nails. A muzzle, hmmmmm Well that is like, not cool, and The reason for my response and the first one ever. Happy Fur-

  23. Marty Knox

    Dec 17, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Check out psyillium for diarrhea. Does a great job for my lab that insists on eating calf poop. 1/2 teaspoon on wet food per feeding, works for her 80 pounds.
    Also- you can copy the image of the chart (right click), paste it into Word, and then either save it as a file or print

  24. Joanne

    Jul 16, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I have a 7 lb. toy poodle that suffers from chronic pain. The vet prescribes her oral Buprenex, however I can’t afford that mediation or more so the vet bills I incur to get the prescription. I’m wondering what over the counter drug would help relieve her pain? Any suggestions?

    Thank you,

    • Theresa

      Nov 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Try the spice turmeric…it relieves inflimation and pain. Out in your pets wet food

      • Marilyn

        Jan 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

        Hello Teresa
        I’m very interested in turmeric for my Yorkshire terrier. How much is a little to put in her food.

    • Theresa

      Nov 9, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Give your pet the spice turmeric for inflammation and pain. Put a little in their wet food every day.

    • Theresa

      Nov 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Put the spice turmeric in their wet food daily. Helps with inflamation and pain .

  25. mike

    Jun 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    you don’t have to print 70 pages all you have to do is print the page you need when u go to print it will say pages 1-10 or how ever many pages there may be all you have to do is scroll to see what page it is on if it is on page 3 just change the 1-10 to 3 or if its page 7 put 7 if it is page 1 and you don’t want to print 10 pages change the 1-10 just erase it to say 1 and bam you just learned how to make a printable version of anything you have to outsmart the computer.

  26. gil

    Apr 28, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Why don’t you make a printable version of over the counter meds that can be used for pets. I had to print 70 pages to get the list of over the counter meds. I want to keep a list and amounts to be used on pets. This would be handy in an emergency.

  27. Troy

    Dec 22, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Xanax is also safe for dogs. http://alliantpharma.com/Xanax I was giving my rottweiler Xanax for his anxiety issues. Now he is far better. Greetings!

  28. becky

    Oct 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I need some help or input. My dog has a really bad cough and hacking I read on here to give him robitussin DM so I got some and I gave it to him and he instantly started foaming at the mouth and nose. Is this normal? My dog is like my child and I’m scared to death.

    • Jeannette Kelsay

      Nov 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Becky, my Jack Russell has asthma, she coughs sometimes to the point of gagging, she’s had asthma since she came to me at 2 years old. It has gotten worse over time, as Lizzie is 17 this winter!! So you may check if that is a problem, Lizzie sometimes gets stuffy nose too, I’ve started using saline nose drops and it has helped very well. I also put vaporub. Vicks on her collar, but never where she could lick it because it is toxic if eaten. The Vicks helps too, if asthma is the problem the vet can give an inhaler to use and that is the best relief for Lizzie. I recently moved from a house where mold was found in the walls. Since our move Lizzie’s coughing episodes have decreased dramatically!!
      I wish the best for you Becky and your furry friend<3

    • dawne

      Jan 5, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      just give your dog simple linctus it works fine for my dog

    • Dana Penaherrera

      Apr 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      most likely he did not like the taste- I volunteered at a humane society- we had to medicate a cat w liquid kitty prozac- he hated it I felt horrible- he would foan at the mouth and slobber it out- so I bet your doggie is ok

    • Heather

      Jun 15, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Sounds like he’s allergic to it, I had a cat I have Benadryl to and he had the same side effect

    • Wallacetyne O. Williams

      Jan 27, 2016 at 3:28 am

      The Vet, had the situation and the vet saved his life.

  29. Karen Weber

    Sep 29, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    First, pets are not above people. If you have to make a choice between care of a person and care of a pet, the person is always above the pet. You do have to consider some costs of pets, food, vet care, possibly grooming, if you can’t provide these you should get something you might be able to afford, fish or a bird. And, what type of dog, for instance, if you get a big dog in an apartment and are unable to walk it every day, or do not have a fenced in yard and chain it up to a tree or something, or get a dog that’s outside all day when they are social animals and need human companionship, that’s just cruelty to animals. What type of pet, if you get a dog that is very energetic and you can’t play with it, that’s cruel and, chances are you will end up taking it to the pound, because it will take it’s energy out by chewing up your furniture, clothes or some other behavior you can’t fix or live with. If you love animals, you wouldn’t get one you can’t take care of. There are millions of pets taken to pounds and killed everyday because people just up and got a pet without thinking about if they can provide the pet’s needs. Rich people may not have time or space for a pet either and do the same things, causing a pet to be killed before it’s time. Think about the pet.

    • Mary Pierce

      Oct 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      What a bunch of hyperbolic crap! Maybe, in a more perfect world your comment may bare some validity, but here in This world it is unbelievably immature and inconsiderate.
      I have numerous pets, mostly dogs & cats. I Chose NONE of these animals. They chose me. I did not go looking for a dog or a cat. I didn’t go to a pet store, or look at a pet add in the papers, or even go to the Animal Shelter. I only looked as far as my front door. I have had so many animals come to me this way.
      My newest dog came to my front gate barely able to stand. She was a puppy back then. So starved you could feel every bone in her body. She could barely stand. I took her in, how could I not??? I nursed her and cared for her, and now she’s all grown up and healthy & happy. But, if I had said, “Wait, I can’t afford another dog.” What then would have happened to this poor lost soul who came to me for help? Maybe the animal shelter would have taken her in (and euthanized her) But there was no other answer, she came to me for a reason.
      The last cat I took in, he’s a few months old (about 3, at a guess) showed up in my front yard with his foot cut off, badly healing and starved. Again, I ask you, what choice did I have? Turn my back on him? Call the pound on him? There was no one else in this world who would take him in and care for him, except me. It’s as simple as that. I could have left him outside to die, I guess that is a choice, not one I could or would make though. Now he is healthy & Happy, albeit minus a foot. He is also traumatized by humans to the point where he won’t let anyone except me hold & pet him, so finding him a home is out of the question. I will find the money to get him neutered, somehow. I always do.
      I could go on and on about my rescues, but it would take forever to list them all. The thing is, I see & hear comments like yours all the time, where people act like anyone who needs help to care for their animals is at fault… I ask you, How Many Animals have you personally saved & nursed back to health? How many strays have you fed & cared for? How Many lost souls have you loved?

      • Heather

        Oct 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

        I love this! I have a menagerie of misfits! I love them all!!!

      • Trishia

        Oct 31, 2014 at 10:28 pm

        You are an amazing person. I don’t know you, but, I love your spirit.

      • Jeannette Kelsay

        Nov 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

        I am the same Mary, animals come to me for help too. It is our Spirit that brings them to us! I have rescued many from cats and dogs to raccoons and squirrels and a few lizards too. We do whatever we can, they know this and trust us to love them and care for them.
        It is a Gift!!
        Blessings to you Mary, and your animal family<3
        We are kindred Spirits!

      • Zulu

        Nov 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

        Mary Pierce,

        I totally agree with you!!! It makes me really mad when I hear or read comments such as that made by Karen Weber!!! I have rescued Dogs and Horses and let say, I’m no “millionaire” but I have managed to help and provide for these animals and give them the care and medical aid and they have thrived. I sometimes look at the pictures of when I got these animals and how they look like a few months later and the sea of change I see as does everyone in my family and friends, is just so awesome. Vets are expensive, let alone for small animals but even more so for equine vet care. There are always some medication that can be bought OTC or natural medicines that work well albeit not for all medical issues. If some home remedy or OTC medicine can help (for minor issues), why go to a vet?

      • Tonia

        Dec 16, 2014 at 6:40 am

        You are a good person Mary. That is what happened to me and my daughter. We live in the country and animals (whether dropped off by irresponsible owners or strays who find their way to us) show up in need of love and care.

        Our animals are our fur-babies and are spoiled rotten just like any other child. Whoever says that someone should get rid of their animal just because the animal got sick or the pet parent fell on hard times has never really known the unconditional love and joy of a dog or cat. That is a horrible message to send out . . . “Sorry fido, I know you have been faithful and loving but now that you are old and may have something wrong with you I have to get rid of you.” WTF? That would be like giving up a child or not caring for an elderly parent.

        We have learned quite a bit about healing minor problems at home with quite a bit of success. So I say to the ones who give poor advice like ditch your pet in their hour of need . . . Don’t get an animal you don’t deserve them.

      • Karen

        Dec 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm

        I don’t know you but I feel that I know you. It’s amazing that these creatures who are on death’s door find you. This is no coincidence…something leads them to you and I feel it has to be a spiritual force. You are their angel…and so much more. People who would turn them away don’t have that connection. Everyone I know has rescue dogs and has had many. Sure, some were older and no one wanted them…just like all the elderly now who are just dumped off at a nursing home and left to die. Abusing dogs, all animals, children and senior citizens is demonic work. Those people will answer for this someday. You, and all of us who adopt and rescue any of God’s creatures, we will glow with the glory of God. I have noticed that we seem to find each other and I have made so many wonderful friends and we are strongly connected due to our love for the sad misfortunes that the pets we find have had in the past. I don’t know you but I feel great love for what you are doing …. thank you, you are a treasure!

      • Roseanne Pacheco

        Jan 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

        Bravo!! I hear/read this all the time as if this is actually how the world works and there are never any emergencies! I’m pretty sure all of the animals I have saved would choose life over my being “practical”.

      • rene

        Feb 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

        well done. so glad to know im not alone. my wife and i rescue as well. mostly dogs cause some of the dogs we have dont see eye to eye with cats. our house was full 6 dogs ago and we have 9 now. How full is full….. its never too full to rescue and save. the love we see from the dogs is worth all the effort and money in the world. ill gladly sell everything i own to save more. good on you and dont listen to people like that. When i read the first paragraph ” pets are not above people” i just read troll troll troll and so on. let em be. let them put themselves before any other living thing. Its a lonely place to be but whatever floats their boat! I can honestly say without animals i nor my wife would be complete. May you rescue and save many more lives and be rewarded with endless love in return.

      • Lynne

        Feb 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm

        The love we have for our pets is undeniably the best health promoting feeling!! Much better than any medicine. And its two fold we do for our pets what they do for us. As far as cost, its priceless!! We do anything and everything for them. As for the previous comment, i’m with you that maybe they don’t belong on this site. Keep up the good loving home you have provided for so many lucky animals…. bless you!!!

      • Vicki in NC

        Feb 27, 2015 at 11:55 pm

        I rescue seniors dogs. I won’t say how many I have, but a lot.
        I’m not rich but rich in spirit.
        I have to cut corners to be able to help as many dogs as I do. Going to the vet every time a dog sneezes is out of the question financially.
        I’m sure these old timers are much happier living with me than being pts at the shelter where they were surrendered and ending up in a black plastic bag. My pets are above people! They are much kinder and loving. Rescue and animal lovers are the best.

      • Jana

        May 1, 2015 at 8:21 am

        THANK YOU for this wonderful “setting straight” about what it means to care for a pet! I was in a rage reading the original comment, for so many reasons, not the least of which was “people before pets.” That’s like saying, “adults before babies.”

        In Delaware there is an amazing woman running a 501(c)(3) non-profit called Renee’s Rescues (www.reneesrescues.org). At any given time she has 20+ furbabies looking for a new family. While looking tirelessly for appropriate matches – here’s where I get to the point – she also provides a food pantry for families who are having a hard time feeding their pets. No judging. No “teaching.” Just much needed food and appreciation for the families who aren’t too proud to say, “I can’t feed my pet babies. I need help.” It’s a damned site better than surrendering, and it keeps pets out of the shelters. She will also find fosters when the need is just temporary for these families.

        So at the end of the day, if we sometimes need to give our pets “human” meds, particularly in an emergency, isn’t it a GREAT IDEA to know which ones to use!?!?!? BTW, I give Benadryl to my IG every time she gets stung by a bee. Which is a LOT!

      • Donna

        May 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm

        BLESS YOU!!! WONDERFUL REPLY!!! <3 <3 <3 GOD Knew WHO to send those Babies To!!!

      • Andy Fisher

        Jul 16, 2015 at 1:33 am

        Mary – I agree with you 100%. We have a few dogs, some were planned and some just came to our care in desperate need of help. Each one of them is special and so much a part of our lives. I can’t imagine life without dogs and even a cat in mine. Currently we are kind of the “go to” crew for small elderly and frequent puppy mill rescue dogs for a couple local shelters. Most are simply old and very unlikely to ever be adopted so they spend their final years here with us where they are safe, well taken care of and so so loved. Sometimes it can be really hard work both physically and emotionally but each one is so worth it. I only wish I could help more. With the attitude of that Karen in her comment above – it really makes me sad and I don’t understand why she would even be on a site like this as she is so perfect in a very imperfect world.

        Kudos to you Mary – you sound like a fantastic person and a great pet owner in my book.

    • Jeannette Kelsay

      Nov 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Yes, think about the pet. What it could bring into your life, relief from depression and loneliness. Including an animal as a family member is good for the human soul, ones Spirit will be lifted. For a poor, needy soul it can bring meaning and purpose back into their life. And that may mean the difference between choosing life or death to some people.
      It is not a choice made by the cash in your pocket or bank account. Or how big your home is. It is how big is the need for the people who are not as privileged or lucky in life who need another soul to depend a on them, because they depend on you. It takes a special Spirit to bring life and hope to another.
      No matter your judgement or demeaning personal thoughts on the those you do not consider capable due to working a minimum wage or less job, worthy of the blessing of a loving pet.

    • helen

      Nov 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I totally agree.

    • Sonia

      Dec 31, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      U R so wrong….I’m almost sorry for U. Seriously….

    • michelle

      Jan 18, 2015 at 12:55 am

      I have a severe back problem, but I was sitting in the vet’s office on Friday for over two hours.; and it was cold and raining

    • AC

      Feb 18, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      “First, pets are not above people. If you have to make a choice between care of a person and care of a pet, the person is always above the pet.”

      They are for lots of people, especially one’s who work (with monetary compensation or not) in the vet field.

      You could have some reason in somethings you wrote, but you lost it as soon as the arrogant tone came out.

    • Vicki in NC

      Feb 27, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      What the heck does your post have to do with OTC medications.
      Who appointed you God? I feel sorry for those around you. I’m sure they get sick of your know-it-all advice. Good grief.

    • Amy

      Mar 25, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Karen Weber, your post is simply moronic and off topic. This article is about providing medications safely for pets. Your post is nothing but judgmental propaganda, from what sounds like, by a person that really has no idea what it is to be a pet owner and animal lover.

    • Yankee Doodle

      Apr 11, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Screw you bro. If you don’t view animals as an equal you’re the messed up individual. Please don’t get an animal and you might as well erase your invalid comment too. I would choose my dog over myself or any human any day because of idiots like you.

    • Jo. Unrau

      Apr 26, 2015 at 9:55 am

      That depends on the human person. Many low life scum my baby would definitely come first & I think most humans it would take serious thought. R.I.P. humans, my baby loves & needs me.

  30. Maria Cristina

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Does somebody knows what to get to a dog that suffer very much with thunders and fire works? My Cooper gets very upset, have panic as soon he feels thunders are coming. My veterinary told me to get Benadryl but it’s not working…

    • Tina

      Aug 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      There’s an item called a Thundershirt that is supposed to help dogs that are afraid of storms. They sell them at Target, Petco, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc.

    • Korey

      Aug 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Get a thunder jacket. They are about 50.00 also PROFESSIONAL training helps. I have a border collie/lab mix rescue and he is very scared of loud noises. Motorcycles, lawnmowers, fireworks and thunder. My dog takes anti anxiety drugs currently and has knock out drugs from the vet for severe weather, or 4th of July fireworks. However, before my vet would prescribe them, I had to take him to training, which does help. But the thunder jacket really helps so he doesn’t shake too much.

    • denise

      Sep 29, 2014 at 9:43 am

      I always use Rescue Remedy I have found that this works

    • Helen Miller

      Oct 27, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Melatonin, found in the vitamin section of your local pharmacy. It works very well. 1 a day is the limit. If you think it will storm give 1 about 1/2 hr. before it hits. You can usually tell when they start panting heavily or try to stay very close by. It helps mine a lot.

    • Lindsey Phillips

      Jan 3, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      I use Rescue Remedy for my Bull Terrier. I put a drop on a piece of bread and he eats it right up. If it’s a really bad storm I have also put a drop on his snout down by his nose. Works wonderfully. You can find it in natural food stores and some pet supply stores.

  31. Google

    Jun 18, 2014 at 7:53 am

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    • rick

      Sep 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      what. the. actual. fuck…?! why would someone post a comment that has nothing to do with the article?? woooowwww…….

  32. Rayna

    Jun 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Are there any over the counter pain meds for dogs with osteoarthritis?

    • Tonia

      Dec 16, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Looks like buffered asprin would be a good choice as it helps with pain and inflammation. Good luck with your little one.

  33. Kathy Dowdle

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Also remember that vets are only human, and do make mistakes. Many years ago I had a beautiful Brittany puppy who had a very upset stomach and was vomiting. It was late in the evening, so I called the emergency animal hospital and told them I was bringing in a puppy who was vomiting. The vet told me to just give the puppy 1/2 teaspoon of Pepto Bismal, and take he to our regular vet in the morning. There was no internet then, and I trusted the vet, so I gave the Pepto Bismol. 15 minutes later I called them back to tell them that the puppy was no longer vomiting, but I was bringing her in anyway! In that 15 minutes, the puppy had not only stopped vomiting, but her face had swollen to the point that she looked like a little orange and white Sharpei! She had had an allergic reaction to the Pepto Bismol! At the hospital they gave her a shot of Epinephrine and oral Benedryl (which is the exact same thing they do when people have allergic reactions), and the pup was fine and lived a good long life. Needless to say, I have never given another dog Pepto Bismol.

    • Pkapp

      Apr 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      I’ve given all of my dogs peptobismol for years with no ill effects, and it’s helped them greatly!

    • Lisa Lester

      Feb 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      That’s the one thing we don’t know until something happens n that’s allergies of animals.. Unknown to us Collie’s r allergic to ivomac. I think I may have spelled it wrong..but its n shots that r given to kill fleas. She died a few wks later. I had gotten the shot for all our other dogs n thought nothing of giving it to her. Our pharmacy at the time sold them n other meds for animals. I no longer give them anything unless it comes from our vet..

  34. Kathy Dowdle

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Wow! When did everyone become so judgmental?! Everywhere I go, it’s the same thing! Poor people shouldn’t have kids, poor people shouldn’t have pets, poor people shouldn’t be allowed to breath our air…when did it become a crime to be poor?!

    As for giving pets over the counter medications, as an RN I am going to say that if an over the counter product has been proven to be SAFE for your pet, why shouldn’t you use that product?! As for giving your pet any medication made for humans, always check with your vet, (or do thorough research) to be sure that a medication is safe to give your pet, before you give it! Many medications made for humans are being prescribed for pets every day! Also, before you give your dog any medication prescribed by your vet, research the med so that you are familiar with any possible adverse effects that it may have on your pet. You should always do this with your own prescriptions as well, that way you will know what to look for, as any medication can have adverse effects that you should be on the look out for.

    Also, find yourself and your pet a good vet, who takes time to talk to you, and does NOT demand money up front, when your pet is in medical need. I usually pay on the day of service, but my vet will take a check and hold it until a date when I know I will have the money in my account whenever the need may arise!

    In the mean time, please stop judging your fellow man! They love their children and pets just as much as you love yours!

    • Leah Rossi

      Jul 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      You said it, Sista. xo

    • rick

      Sep 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      they shouldn’t. an animal counts on its human owner for EVERYTHING. if it gets sick, and they cant afford treatment, that’s animal cruelty. how do you not get this? try working in the animal rescue business, like I have (I own a very successful exotic animal rescue in CT). it is SICK what people will pay for a pet, sometimes hundreds of dollars, just to say ‘hey, look at this neat pet I have!’ . as a novelty, then wont spend $30 to take it to a vet when it gets sick. and no, don’t tell me its more than that. I am a vet tech, and I work with vets in my rescue. most small animals will not cost over maybe $50 to take to a vet and get meds for it. even exotic animals.

      • michele

        Sep 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

        $30 to walk in how much after….. Ridiculous. & your a little self righteous buddy….. My friend took her 2 dogs for annual visit cost her $400 for tests & vaccines no meds or treatment dogs were healthy.

        • Judie

          Apr 22, 2015 at 9:22 am

          Exactly Michelle. I remember years ago when I was married, we had three or four dogs, two cats and two ferrets. We would wait for our income tax refund and take them ALL to the vet at the same time! Boy, was THAT alot of fun, LOL. But just like you mentioned, it was just for their yearly shots and tests and cost about $1500 or more. It sure would have been great to get by with a $30 visit. I wish!

      • Tracey Peterson

        Sep 27, 2014 at 5:01 am

        Rick, living in CT and CA are very different. ALL vets in my area require a office visit fee of a minimum of $55 just to walk in the door. And if it’s an emergency…after hours, it’s $200. That doesn’t include treatment or meds. So be careful when you claim things won’t be over a certain amount when every vet, city and state charge differently.

      • Cindy

        Dec 23, 2014 at 1:04 am

        Rick…I don’t know of many vets who’d charge $30 for an office visit with meds. I also am a vet tech (retired now) who worked with exotic doctors, dogs n cats, beached whales, zoo animals, etc. We never turned down injured strays or wildlife. Many of the technicians adopted cats or dogs when they were healthy or we put them up for adoption. All of my babies adopted me, even the ones with chronic problems. I have moved to another state without the luxury of working for vets at free or reduced prices. Fortunately, I learned enough to take care of my pets and have kept them healthy and know what OTC meds are safe. Yes, once in awhile my dog with allergies sees his vet. My neighbors ask me about their babies. I help when I can or tell them it’s a problem only a vet can help with. With the of cost of vet care, simple things aren’t an option for most people, myself included. Each and every one if my 3 & 4 legged family has given me unconditional love. I have a very close friend in the state I moved from who kept telling me I needed to find homes for some of my pets. How can you pick which family member to get rid of? She kept saying they were only pets. I finally said the subject is non-negotiable. When I worked at walmart, I’d help people save money with their choices. Benadryl in the pet section is more expensive that benadryl in the human section and it’s the same med. So, for you to say it’s animal cruelty is just WRONG! You may have a very successful business (good for you), but it sounds like you don’t have any experience in the human/animal bond. Pity! You don’t know what you’re missing!

  35. Mary

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    From reading the replies here, it seems that poor people should not have pets. Perhaps, the humane society could look at income levels before adopting out their animals. Before everyone gets worked up, I’m being sarcastic. I have never been able to walk out of the vets office without being $300 poorer and this is for yearly exam and shots. If your pet is actually sick, it’s xrays and lab work and another $1000 and maybe you get proper treatment. I am told by my friends out in the middle of no where that vet care is cheaper out in the boonies. I found a a dead mamma cat and dead kittens and one surviving kitten. They appeared to have been mauled by an animal. I took the kitten to the vet who said to feed it dry kitten food and not replacement milk. The kitten developed low blood sugar 3 days later. Total cost for treatment was over $2000. Perhaps the kitten replacement milk would have avoided the low blood sugar and I would have been better off going by my instincts with this baby rather than doing what the vet suggested.

    • tony

      Apr 11, 2014 at 3:29 am

      Well Mary since vets r such animal lovers shouldn’t some offer affordable rates for the lower income Americans who live check to check or I guess they’re kids don’t deserve pets because her father just educates our children or patrol our streets or build our schools n hospitals since our society doesn’t deem these worthy of a decent salary only people with money can love…..with a name like Mary u should be a little more christian…

    • deb

      Apr 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Mary, you are one heartless, B. There are a lot of dogs in loving homes that are well taken care of. And just because their owners want to use over the counter medications for their animals, just like they do for themselves or their family does not make them unworthy to own pets. I guess you have never used over the counter meds for your self….right? People like you, who judge others just to make yourself feel superior make me sick.

      • Daneen

        Apr 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

        I guess people don’t read the entire comments. I’m not understanding why so much hostility towards “Mary”? She said she was being sarcastic. If you would have read her ENTIRE post, you would have understood that. Be Blessed people!

      • Linda

        May 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm

        deb, you might want to re read Mary’s comment. She said that she took kittens that she found with their dead mother to the vet, spent $2,000 dollars on advice given by the vet as to what to feed them was WRONG. If I understood the post correct, she was simply saying that her first instincts on how to care for the kittens (rather than the advice of the vet) would have been the wiser decision. Seems to me that she was attempting to do what was right for the kittens. How does that make her a heartless “b”?? READ before you comment and your ignorance won’t be so obvious.
        After reading her comment, I seen a person that took in kittens that were in need, and most likely spent money that she could have used for something else and did what she thought was best for the well being of the babies. Something that a lot of people these days wouldn’t do! I personally think she is an amazing woman, with a good heart! Please READ and understand WHAT you are READING before you comment next time.

  36. Whit

    Mar 14, 2014 at 1:36 am

    WOW! All I did was look up a light pain medicine for a dog that I took out off a HORRIBLE environment! I see all these rude comments. Who are y’all to judge anyone? Do you know these people or do you know me? NO! I take care of my 2 dogs and my 1 year old son. Do not judge anyone you do not know, you’re not God! I actually probably spend more money on my one dog than your house a year! I rescued a dog and he gets pain in his hips. I called the vet and made him an appointment! You all need to shut your nasty mouths! These people are just asking advice!!!

  37. Jo

    Mar 5, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I have to say I cannot believe the comment about children and if that was made to me I would be most upset … I have 3 dogs; I of whom I took in because my father passed away … Last year in 2013 I took my jack russel to the vets with tummy pains and £1000.00 later and a huge operation they still did’nt know what was wrong with her ….if I have to go to the vets as I have done this morning I actually worry about the cost ,and its not that I dont love or care for my dogs its that circumstances have changed …people should never judge other people unless you know their circumstance …also to point out when you take you’re children to the doctors there is no charge but i would like to know how vets justify there charges …rant over

  38. saggysue

    Feb 28, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I was once told online when I had a breeding question bout breeding my mixed breed do.i was told only akc dogs should be breed .and all others fixed

    • saggysue

      Feb 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      So dont fell to bad when you are told you have no business having a dog.

    • Jen

      May 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Pure breeds are the worst for health problems. They should really be fixed to stop perpetuating the bad breed characteristics. My mixed breed dogs have been super healthy and generally much better pets with fewer health and behavioral issues. I am an advocate.

    • Jeannette Kelsay

      Nov 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      That’s because they are greedy foolish bastards. Look what they have done with their selected choices of “inbreeding”!! It’s like nazi doctors experiments!
      Have you seen the Twisty Cats a woman is breeding?! Horrific!
      Don’t get me wrong please, I have 2 “”purebred”” rescue dogs and I love all animals, but humans are the stupidest animal on the planet.
      I also have a mixed up mutt, he’s absolutely beautiful. Many people have wanted their dogs to have puppies with him, they are all gorgeous dogs! And we had no trouble worrying about finding homes for our mutts, they were all spoken for before they were born.
      Be responsible.
      Adopt don’t shop. Pets are not an accessory.

  39. Sonia Brito

    Feb 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    [email protected]


    Ativan (Lorezepam 2mg
    Lexotanil (Bermozipam) 3mg
    Valium (Diazepam) 5mg
    Valium (Diazepam) 10mg
    Valium (Diazepam) 10mg
    Daz ( Diazepam ) 10mg
    Ephedrine 30mg
    Codeine 15mg
    Codeine 30mg
    Rivotril(Klonopin) 1mg
    Rivotril(Klonopin) 2mg
    Temezepam 30mg
    Phentermine 37.5mg
    Hydrocodone 10500mg
    Hydrocodone 10325mg
    Hydrocodone 7.5750mg
    Vicodin ES 7.5750mg
    Oxycontin (Oxycodone) 80mg
    Roxycontin 100mg
    Dormicum 7.5mg
    Morphine pills 50mg
    Percocet 10mg
    Tramadol 50mg
    Tramadol 100mg
    Bunex(Bupronorephine) 0.2mg
    Levitra 20mg
    Viagra 100mg
    Cialis 20mg
    Adderall 30mg
    Ritalin 10mg,20mg
    Fruisim 10mg
    Wilgesic 35mg
    Lipitor 20mg
    Zocor 20mg
    Magadon 10mg
    Ambien (Zolpidem) 10mg
    Xanax (Alprazolam) 1mg
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    Ativan (Lorezepam 1mg

    Codeine Phosphate

    • Kathy Dowdle

      Apr 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

      What list is this?

      • Judie

        Apr 22, 2015 at 9:26 am

        Just a troll.

    • Carrie

      May 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Sonia, many these medications you jilted here are definitely NOT safe for dogs. Not to mention that they are nearly all prescription meds.

      • Judie

        Apr 22, 2015 at 9:26 am

        She is trying to make a sale.

    • JJ

      Apr 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Sonia what list is this?

  40. jaime

    Feb 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Some of you folks have literally gone south in yourminds if you believe that a animal will be equivalenu.to a human child. How crazy is that……if that is the case then let your pet drive to the hospital,feed,and bury you. I am an animal lover……..but i would be crazy to equate a pet to my child…..that is just plain stupidity.

    • Ruby

      Apr 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      I seriously hate comments like yours. You have the opinion that human beings trump all else, and that’s very narcissistic, but whatever. There are however, people in this world that do not feel that way, that are very much involved in animal rights, and feel that animals are equal to(in my opinion better than) humans. It is not “plain stupidity” to have a different view from yours. Your comment really shows ignorance and honestly, makes YOU look stupid.

    • Renee

      May 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      I must say that when you aren’t able to conceive children, animals are the closest thing so yeah I treat my dog as my kid since all I’ve ever wanted to be was a mother and well knowing that will never happen Baylee is my child. Some people are inconsiderate of others full life situations..THINK before you speak..

    • Jeannette Kelsay

      Nov 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Your comment conveys your plain stupidity. Sorry about your luck, not having a soul and all. Must be painful to be the supreme exalted judge of all humanity.

    • Cindy

      Dec 23, 2014 at 1:30 am

      I have 2 grown children. One is a pet lover like myself. The other doesn’t like pets although he and his wife allow my granddaughter to have a hamster. My granddaughter loves visiting my home. Her parents do not believe in pets in the house and haven’t been inside my house since I moved into it over 6 years ago. As far as I’m concerned, it’s their choice just like it’s mine to have my pet family. I can respect their opiniom. I only wish they’d respect mine. My children were well taken care of growing up and so were our pets, They were part of the family. Best of all, my 4 legged family don’t talk back, never ask for money, are happy to see me, and have never asked to drive the car. I have my funeral planned with a provision for my 4 legged family.

      • Wallacetyne O. Williams

        Jan 27, 2016 at 4:12 am

        I hear that girlfriend, who needs a dog who can drive, my staff-terrier, My life partnered Service dog. Look training works, had two heart attacks, my service dog, using her skills, called the medical team, gps found us and i am hear to tell you. My son killed by a drunk driver and my husband. Thank God, I was blessed with Loving Souls, who assisted me in getting Tinker-Bell. I am alive with her, she also stayed by my side, through out the hospital stay, and we both still get addressed to her of course, ahhhhhhhhh. Christmas holiday wishes to stay healthy, wealthy, and wise, Blessed Be All.

    • Wallacetyne O. Williams

      Jan 27, 2016 at 4:02 am

      Wish no more fellow fur-baby owner. I have 8 yes eight of them from 8 years to 10 months. When we see the vet, wish is more often that you can believe, could be he comes to them at home, we have a professional salon and exam room. Ha, our typical charge is $100.00 mx. peso that about $6.00 US, for all of them, emergencies he takes them to his office, home ,hospital. Yes, all, we relocated to Mexico prior to retirement age and it is fabulous. so not 30.00 but I had pet insurance when I lived in the States, it saved me over $3k. to save my staffordshire terrier alone, hope this helps, the internet search should give you a plateau of information, Thanks and Blessed Be, WOW Be

  41. polly

    Feb 7, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Respectfully- GDV (commonly known as “bloat”) can, and will kill a dog within one hour of onset if emergency measures aren’t immediately taken (veterinary care is urgently needed) If bloat is suspected, RUSH, don’t run, to your nearest animal medical emergency facility!


  42. Phill

    Jan 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I think a lot of people, myself included, look for alternatives to the vet as the vets charge an insane amount of money for consultation and medication.
    My Rott had a minor ear infection due to a narrow ear canal, something my friend didn’t know at the time (she was watching her wile I was away)
    I told her to put Earex in it as it works. Instead she took her to the vet and I ended up with a £75 bill and the equivalent of Earex.

  43. tanya

    Dec 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I always try to keep baby benadrly and immodium on hand. My chi’s are allergic to ants and sometime get diarrhea occasionally

  44. RHONDA

    Dec 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm


    • deb

      Apr 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      God Bless that vet….I am sure karma is good to him.

  45. deanna

    Dec 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    be very careful about Imodium and pepto bismol. they can be poisonous
    for some dogs that are MDR1 mutant, including many collies and certain other breeds.

    • Beverly Pettit

      Dec 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Does anyone have a solution to constant ear infections for a poodle.

      • jojo

        Apr 5, 2014 at 11:07 am

        Coconut oil! Look it up. It has many wonderful benefits for both internal and external.

      • Lori

        Apr 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

        I know it sounds crazy but we had a Lab that had constant ear infections and we changed our detergent to a free & clear. The ear infections cleared up. Our Vet did not think that was the reason the ear infections cleared up but we no longer had constant vet bills. I hope this works for you

        • maddison

          May 18, 2014 at 11:40 am

          i have a poodle mix who had occuring ear infections and it was a food allergy to chicken! check your dog food and treats if they are chicken based try her/him on a fish or lamb based! i switched my fur baby to salmon based food (blue buffalo basics) and he dog treats to a meat based and her ears are completely cleared up!

  46. Penny Rodgers

    Dec 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    kaopectate should never be given to cats…it now contains a form of aspirin. The old formula was safe…the new one is not.

  47. Eleanor Gonyea

    Dec 3, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Okay your advice is great I do not know why you say no tylenol but when my dogs run fevers from colds they get 1 tylenol a day until thier fever is gone. Also there are some people who have very low incomes and can not afford big vet bills . The vets do not allow low income people credit they let the animals die instead , So some have to do the best they can at home.And the letting a pet die is true because the vets let my dog bleed to death internally because I could not pay 1000 cash up front.

    • Jeanine

      Sep 8, 2014 at 2:36 am

      I’m sorry, buy all information on the internet & from all vets will tell you that Tylenol is highly toxic to animals, both dogs & cats. Aspirin is OK, but needs to be given with food. I’m not trying to be ugly to you, just wanted to let you know what I have always been told. My vet actually gave me a list of medications that were OK to give which has the dosages listed per the animals weight. I’m sure that you can find a list like that somewhere on the internet.

    • Judie

      Apr 22, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Tylenol can cause liver damage. It can be extremely toxic to dogs and definitely to cats. Baby aspirin or buffered (coated) aspirin is the safest for dogs.

  48. Pamela Delaney

    Dec 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Your article states that Imodium is not safe for cats, but it FAILS to state that it should NEVER be given to dogs with white fur below the knee. There is an genetic abnormality in dogs like this (all collies, sheepdogs and others); it can KILL dogs with this physical trait. Please get your act together and pst this critical info NOW!!!

  49. badideas

    Dec 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    This is terrible advice.

    Giving loperamide (Immodium) to dogs who are positive for MDR1 mutation can kill them.


  50. Mary Kay

    Dec 2, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Ascriptin is no longer available. You might be able to find Bufferin but even that is hard since it is no longer a popular OTC medicine. Ask your druggist if they can order some buffered aspirin. I use it to treat my old dogs’ aches & pains (with my vet’s okay) and a local druggist orders it for me. It is a generic brand and at under $4.00 for 100 pills, it is affordable.

  51. Stephanie Presdee

    Dec 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Immodium and other OTCs containing Loperamide can be fatal to any type of dog that has white hair or fur on its ankles and feet; this is due to a genetic permutation.MDR1 gene. A number of breeds fall into this category, but the most common are collies (rough collies and border collies). Never give this to a dog with white feet.” So probably as I have had Roughs since 1975 that somewhere this rang alarm bells.
    Herding breeds including Shetland sheepdogs.I always advise a visit to the vet.

  52. Melinda Smith

    Dec 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    You can also add Pepcid AC in small quantities for an upset stomach. My dog’s vet prescribed it and it worked.

  53. Melinda Smith

    Dec 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    You can also add Pepcid AC in small quantities for an upset stomach. My dog’s vet prescribed it and it worked.

  54. Heather

    Dec 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I would like to let you all know that Canned pumpkin is also good for diarrhea as well as constipation. I have used it for many years with my dogs and my puppies when they are weaning.

    • Michele

      Dec 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      I used canned pumpkin when my Pit Bull had a bad case of diarrhea. It worked GREAT!! He was OK within 2 days of giving him the canned pumpkin in the morning and at night.

  55. Real McCoy

    Dec 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CHART TO REFLECT THIS: Kaopectate now contains aspirin in their formula, and because of that, it is NO LONGER RECOMMENDED FOR CATS.

    • badideas

      Dec 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      this is true. Aspirin is lethal to cats

  56. Kym McConnell

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Please make a notation on this chart. Kaopectate (as listed here) is no longer available for humans. Formula has changed and is the same as Pepto-Bismol (dangerous to cats) Old fashioned Kaopectate is still available through Veterinary Supply

  57. Amber

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    My vet recommended Pepcid for acidity. Duke was throwing up bile in the mornings. I gave it to him at night for a few days until he got better.

  58. Karen

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I Fully Agree Ask Your Vet. Because Better Safe Then Sorry. Plus You have to Take into account if your Animals have Medical Conditions.

  59. Jen

    Nov 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    The vet clinic I work for does recommend some of these products but still should be used under a Vet supervision……and NO
    FOR MDR1 BREEDS (Aussies, collies, Border Collies, etc) without having them tested first.

    • Jen

      Nov 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      sorry, not sure what happened there….no IMODIUM

  60. Dorothy

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Please check with your vet before giving your pet any over the counter medication. Most vets have an emergency number after regular hours.

  61. Dorothy Newkirk

    Nov 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    DO NOT Give Immodium to Herding Dogs like Collies, Border Collies, Aussies, Shelties ETC. For other drugs dangerous to Herding dogs see: http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/drugs.aspx

  62. Mary

    Nov 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Imodium is not safe for dogs with MDR1 gene mutation, http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-vcpl/drugs.aspx

  63. Winona

    Nov 15, 2013 at 7:36 am

    My Familu has always given our dogs ivermectin. There are a lot of comments on here about it being fatal for border collies and Aussies. well my parents dog is both and she has been given ivermectin paste for regular wormings and she has never reacted to it at all. So I’m curious, what is the big deal about this mutation? It seems to me that its not a big deal since my parents dog isn’t dead like people say she should be.

    • Sherry

      Nov 29, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      The problem for some dogs and Ivermectin (and many other drugs for that matter) is that some dogs have a gene mutation that doesn’t allow for the proper absorption of these chemicals in and out of the brain. The gene in particular is called MDR1. If your dog has never had a reaction of any kind to Ivermectin or its derivatives, then most likely your dog has a correctly functioning MDR1 coded gene. However, some dogs can be a carrier (or non-affected) and still be only mildly sensitive to some drugs but not others. You can find more information on the MDR1 drug sensitivity at…

  64. H Jones

    Nov 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you so much for this chart. It’s very informative and will help me in teaching my loved ones what’s safe for their dogs. I’ve been a dog owner and part time breeder for over 30 years (no puppy mills just a litter if I have a very special female, then just one litter). My family relies on me for many answers but to many times outside people interfere and disagree. When this happens I refer my family to the vet. This chart will help them decide for themselves and keep their dogs safe. Again, thank you so much.
    Helen Jones
    Lincoln, California

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  77. Debbie

    Jul 25, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Just an FYI, my 9 year old white shepherd gets upset stomachs easily. We were advised to cook plain rice and give to him whenever he starts feeling bad. I was amazed because it works almost instantly. I now keep a large box of rice on hand for my big baby.

    • badideas

      Dec 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      rice baby food is also good

  78. pwherman

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Our springer spaniel has severe itching issues..so bad that he has scratched and bitten the hair off of many parts of his body, bald on back legs and scratches himself in places til he is bright red and gets scabs. He has gotten worse since we adopted him almost one year ago. He is 9 years old now. He scratches most of the day; however,and when we go to bed, until he falls asleep on his bed. If we let him sleep on our bed…he doesn’t scratch at all. He has anxiety and separation issues…he needs to know where I am every second, and if he loses sight of me, he runs around the house and upstairs to find me. We have tried fish oil, the 3 oil combo of flax oil, some benedryl, sprays, itch shampoos with no luck. It just gets worse. Vet wants to do more blood work and tests for more allergies, but we have spent so much money on him trying to get to the bottom of this already.. He has been on special diet, and we just changed to grain free dry food, duck and potato, a day ago. We have tried OTC stress tabs (herbal) too. Has anyone else out there had this type of problem with their dog.

    • Penny

      Aug 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      My dogs did the same thing. Tried everything (shots, Benadryl, shampoos, sprays) for years, no relief. Switched to no grain diet and they cleared eight up.

      • larry

        Jan 25, 2014 at 7:03 pm

        HAVE A st Bernard/akita cross, when was about 2 1/2she broke out is rash all over and just scratched and chewed till it was getting raw every place she could reach. We checked what we thought was thoroughly for fleas ticks ect but could find nothing. took her to vet and after a 20 min search he found 1 flea. turns out she is allergic to an enzyme in flea bites. A good flea dip and good drops every 3mths and no mote problems in 9yrs since.

    • H Jones

      Nov 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Yes, we had a similar issue. We removedrice from our babies diet and within about 6 weeks the problem was gone. That was 6 years ago and still going strong. Good luck, I hope your baby gets better.

    • Kristi

      Nov 29, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      We have a friend who has 2 wiener dogs, one with long hair that scratches ALL the time. He has scabs and sores all over his back by his tail. The skin is red, warm and moist. It smells bad. they have tried everything. I found Skin-eze online and read the reviews. I is about $30.00 for a big bottle and arrives very quickly. This stuff worked great for my Yorkie that started itching with stinky moist red skin. I then turned my friends onto it and they are having great success. They are on a very tight budget but found this to be a life saver for their pet. They were to the point of crying and thinking of putting him down cause he was so miserable. Go to the website and read the reviews and see if this will help your pet. Good luck, and god bless.

      • Kristi

        Nov 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm

        Oh one more thing, that Skin-eze will take about 3 weeks to really see the results, but should be quite a difference on scratching and skin condition.

    • Becky

      Nov 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Thunder Shirts are effective for separation anxiety and since he settles down at night on your bed it sounds like the scratching and biting is not allergy related but anxiety related.

    • Becky

      Nov 30, 2013 at 11:37 am

      To pwherman: Thunder Shirts are effective for separation anxiety and since he settles down at night on your bed it sounds like the scratching and biting is not allergy related but anxiety related.

      • Betty

        Dec 1, 2013 at 3:15 am

        Thundershirt did not work on my greyhound who had separation anxiety and scared of thunder. Getting another greyhound worked! They do great when left alone!

    • judi

      Dec 4, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I also had severe itching and paw biting with my 2 year old bull terrier mix. His poor paws were always red and he had scratched away the hair on his chest. I tried benedryl – didn’t work. I put him on a carb-free diet for over a month to determine if he had a yeast allergy – still scratching/biting. I then purchased a nutritional supplement over the internet called Din-o-vite. Now after giving it to him for a little over a month, he is no longer biting the paws and the general scratching has decreased a lot. I’m hoping that after a few months on this the scratching will completely go away. It is worth a try that this will work for any dog that has severe scratching.

    • eprince

      Aug 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

      i have a dog and he is alergic to all kinds of food and is alergic to things outside, ihave to give certain kinds of people food. i have a cone i put on him at night. his face he won’t leave alone.

  79. Dr. Amy Nesselrodt

    Jul 24, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Lists like this can be problematic–some of those drugs can cause serious problems especially if not used correctly or used in the wrong situation. Example: Immodium (Loperamide) can be neurotoxoic is some collies and other breeds with MDR1 mutation, using peroxide to induce vomiting is contraindicated in some cases as some things dogs ingest should NOT be vomited up, and peroxide may cause gastritis if over-used (using it 3x as suggested here is a bad idea, and ideally should not be used at all w/o first talking to a vet or a toxicology hotline with knowledge about dogs, peroxide not a good idea at all for cats and 10 mls is NOT a standard dose for every dog!!!!), mineral oil can cause aspiration pneumonia if it gets in the lungs and I would not recommend it to most pet owners to administer, and pepto bismol products sometimes contain xylitol which is deadly, aspirin is OK in a pinch but can cause serious problems with long term use…that’s just a few thoughts off the top of my head. Dr. Amy, veterinarian

  80. Mimi

    Jul 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    My Golden is also afraid of thunder. I have a friend who makes Thunder Jackets for the dogs, and it really works, no more shakes ! She sells all dog sizes. My boy settles right down and will even fall asleep in a thunderstorm.

    • Peggy Bryan

      Dec 5, 2013 at 10:34 am


  81. Jan

    Jul 22, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Is there anything I can give my golden to calm her down during storms? I sometimes think her heart will burst from her high anxiety-she just shakes.

    • Art

      Nov 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Melatonin works wonders for my Black Lab. She gets 6mg no more than 3 times a day. It’s great for separation anxiety also.

    • Dorotha Thurner

      Dec 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Try rubbing her down all over with dryer sheets….the fabric softener ones…any brand will do.. some dogs pick up the static charge from the lightening and it makes them feel like they are being shocked a million times…sort of like when u touch your tongue to a 9 volt battery…may not help her…but certainly won’t hurt her either

  82. Teri

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Kaopectate has changed their formula in recent years. It is now fatal to cats. Before it did not have aspirin and now it does.

    • marion

      Jul 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      I was taken aback when I read your response that Kaopectate now contains aspirin. No concern for my kitties per-say…but for me! I am highly allergic to aspirin. I used to take Kaopectate years ago, but after reading this, I will never use it again. Thank you for the warning. You very well could have saved my life.

  83. Lorraine Handley

    Jul 18, 2013 at 2:52 am

    we can no longer get Benadryl .it is no longer sold but I did get some Lorapaed it is LORATADINE 1mg/ml it is safe for adults adolescents and children and is sold instead of Benadryl …childern under 2yrs 2.5 ml 2-12 under 30kg 5ml….2-12 over 30kg 10ml adult and children over 12 yrs 10pml once daily

    what amounts would I give a 20kg puppy (4 months old Golden retriever)

    does anyone know this antihistamine and whether it is safe the chemist said it she thinks it would be but she also said she was trained in human meds not dogs.

    I look forward to your answer

    • Candice

      Jul 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Benadryl can be purchased at any store — even gast station . . . .short acting symptom relief

      Loratidine is a longer acting allergy medication that takes time to be effective I’ve not heard of giving it o pets.

      Hydroxizine and prednisone are commonly ordered by vets for pet allergies though.

    • Debbie Newman

      Jul 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Lorraine, since you are in New Zealand that may be why it is no longer locally available. Check online sites, perhaps from the U.S., that ship to N.Z. for it; I get it from Walgreen’s under their brand name Waladryl. I know it can be purchased under the Costco generic for a wonderfully ridiculous low price… do you have a friend in the States who could buy it & send it to you? (P.S. I have a friend who lives in Tauranga!)

      Good luck!

  84. Karen

    Jul 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I give my Morkie a 1/4 of a valium when she’s REALLY stressed from thunder. It seems to help.

  85. Kay

    Jul 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Also, aspirin is lethal to cats. The warning against it should be stronger.

  86. Kay

    Jul 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Loperamide (Immodium) can be lethal to dogs with MDR1 affected status and recommending it to people is stupid and dangerous.

    • kim

      Jul 18, 2013 at 2:27 am

      Did not know about MRI-1 till my 3rd rescue Aussie and I spoke to the breeder where he originally came from. Such important info to read up on..

  87. Carrie

    Jul 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Canned pumpkin is used for diarrhea,is it also used for constipation??

    • kimmy

      Jul 18, 2013 at 1:46 am

      yes. we took the cat to vet she had emergency C-section to delivery the one baby and it was constipated since birthing started n was blocked she (our vet)recommended the pumpkin can not the pie filling kind but the real stuff without all the sugary additives but natural pumpkin can ingredient.

    • Barbara

      Jul 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Pumpkin is a staple in my house for my own dogs and rescues–fixes both mild diarrhea and constipation. However, in either case, if it continues or is severe, I do see my vet.

    • Diana Hartvig

      Jan 3, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Yes and it works well for both. It helps regulate digestion.

  88. Rosie

    Jul 14, 2013 at 12:12 am

    This list is VERY dangerous. Many of these products should never be used with out veterinary supervision and could do more harm than good.

  89. Elisa Miranda

    Jul 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I have had 2 dogs that get SEVERE car sickness and Dramamine did not help at all. We actually use Meclizine and have better results with that. I ran out once and tried the Dramamine instead, not pretty. 20 minutes into the trip I was on the side of the road with 2 dogs vomiting and pooping everywhere while I was trying to clean out the car. Never again! Every pet is different and you should always check with your vet first. I have found Meclizine in a chewable form as well as a melting strip.

  90. Amber, RVT

    Jul 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Before using anything OTC on your pet, please contact your trusted vet’s office! Among the other listed concerns in this thread, I see so many people give aspirin when they shouldn’t. If your animal is experiencing pain, make a dr’s appointment! Giving over the counter NSAIDs can limit what we can use on your dog in their time of need. NEVER USE TYLENOL OR ANY OTHER OTC NSAID! If instructed to use aspirin for your dog, typically we tell you to use the buffered baby aspirin. Always consult the professionals first!

  91. Dani

    Jul 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Kaopectate is toxic to cats and hydrogen peroxide does not make them vomit. Benadryl is also not that effective in cats either. Please call a vet instead of using this chart. Pets can die with misinformation like this on the Internet.

    • Diane

      Jul 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Actually Hydrogen Peroxide does make them vomit. Been there, done that.

      • Sharon

        Jul 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        And our Vet prescribed Benadryl for a cat that had been stung by a bee in our home.

      • Yvonne

        Jul 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm

        Yes, one of my dogs got into a goodly amount of rat poison when I was out of town on a weekend evening. Two different emergency veterinarians told me to get a turkey baster fill it with hydrogen peroxide and put it down the throat to induce vomiting. It was a challenge with an 80 pound dog, but it worked. They wanted me to do that immediately, then bring him in immediately. Then, when I got home, my personal vet told me it was the correct treatment plan. Also, if you are out of town and an emergency happens to your dog when you’re out of town, you can still call your own vet and they can look up an emergency vet for the area you’re in. Thank goodness for me this worked.

    • Heather

      Jul 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Kaopectate is very safe for cats and kittens. I work at a shelter and our Vet prescribes it for diarrhea often. It is safe and effective.

      • Mary DVM

        Dec 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

        Kaopectate has changed from its original formula. It now contains bismuth subsalicylate, the same as Pepto Bismol, and should NOT be given to cats. Please let your shelter vet know this!!

  92. Marilyn A. Dunbar

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I am looking for a good substitute for prednisolone for my border collie/English setter. She will be on it for the rest of her life due to some odd auto-immune disease. It keeps making her have urinary tract infections, panting, thirsty, and weight gain Any suggestions?

    • Tina

      Jul 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      The dose may be too high. What condition is it?

  93. Sue

    Jul 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    The emergency vet that I took my Aussie to on June 3oth, told me to give her 1 regular strength Tylenol for pain. Now I see it is on the do not give at all list!

    • Diana Hartvig

      Jan 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I wouldn’t even keep tylenol in our house. Very hard on the liver. Can cause liver problems in humans as well.

      • Judie

        Apr 22, 2015 at 9:38 am

        I don’t keep it in the house either, Diana. I bought a bottle of generic Tylenol by mistake, thinking it was aspirin. I just gave it away. No use for the stuff. It is too hard on the liver, in humans, and toxic to dogs. Besides, anytime that I have taken it, it doesn’t work anyway!

  94. Loraine

    Jul 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Good luck finding Ascriptin (aspirin coated with malox). While best and least detrimental canine anti-inflammatory, has been nearly unavailable for several years.

    • Judie Cook

      Jul 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      try Amazon…Walmart..Safeway…as a start.

    • kim

      Sep 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      You can use Ecotrin as well as long as it is coated 81 mg tablets

    • Cece

      Dec 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

      I had no trouble finding it. I
      got it at Riteaid store

  95. Linda

    Jul 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Darn. I thought I was going to find out if I should give my dog a regular dose aspirin or baby aspirine. This isn’t much help.

    • Kathy McCracken

      Jul 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      It is on the chart…buffered aspirin. It is safe to give a dog a baby aspirin or the 81 mg. dose that people with heart issues take. But make sure your dog has food in it’s stomach.

  96. Dot Newkirk

    Jul 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    This chart is WRONG!!!!!! Imodium is NOT SAFE for all dogs. Collies, Aussies, Border Collies and other herding breed dogs can have fatal reactions to Imodium.
    Affected Breeds—http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/breeds.aspx
    Dangerous Drugs—http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/drugs.aspx

  97. Stevie Mathre

    Jul 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Please don’t give Imodium to collies… It’s included in the MDR-1 gene mutation along with ivermectin. Kaopektate is fine.

  98. Gina Bolger

    Jul 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I am a CVT also, while I agree with some of the medications, You must always call for Vet’s office, just because your dog is coughing,(for example ) don’t just give cough medicine it could be so many more things wrong that you are just masking, ie: heart problems, lung problems, valley fever etc. I know a lot of people have $$ concerns but if you have a good relationship with your Tech’s & Vet they will always answer questions…Please be cautious …

  99. Erin Moe

    Jul 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I swear by Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) for my dog. My dog can’t be in a car for more than 5 minutes without throwing up (even if he hasn’t eaten in quite some time). I don’t know how accurate the dosage is (my vet and others have instructed 2 to 3 mg per pound). Make sure you give it to your pet at least 30 minutes to an hour before going for a drive. I also highly recommend breaking the pill up as much as possible so it absorbs into their stomach easier. I give my dog 50 mg due to his severe car sickness, even though he is just under 20 lbs. It lasts very well for long car rides (we’ve done 6 hours no problem), and he can actually enjoy the ride instead of being miserable.

    One thing I see that isn’t on this list is Omeprazole (Prilosec). I had a dog that could not even keep down water without vomiting. Everyone said he ate or drank too fast/too much/etc. We tried different foods to see if he was allergic, but he couldn’t keep down water so that wasn’t the problem. After xrays and stomach scoping and testing, we discovered that his stomach acids were too high and he had acid reflux (of all things). The vet said to monitor his food and water intake. We gave our dog omeprazole before every meal, gave him a couple minutes for the pills to settle, and let him eat. He never threw up again. Well…not from that anyway. I forget the dosage but for a 100 lb rottweiler, we got the biggest quantities we could.

    • Judie

      Apr 22, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Duh! I don’t know why I never thought of Dramamine. One of my rescue dogs got car sick for the first two years that I had him. And like you said, even if he hadn’t eaten in awhile. I was never able to figure that one out! We would go for a ride HOURS after breakfast, right before dinner and he would throw up. I would try Valerian or Melatonin to calm him down (which never worked, he’s extremely hyper, even acepromazine doesn’t work for this dog!) or some holistic motion sickness stuff, which didn’t help either. Thankfully he is finally over the car sickness now, but I can’t believe I never thought of Dramamine! Thanks.

  100. KIm Reisetter

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Benadryl can also be used for snake bites. My parents live in the country and we each have had a dog bitten. My vet prescribed Benadryl both times for the dogs and they both did well with the treatment. I’m not sure what the dosage would be over the counter as I got my prescription from the vet. We now keep it on hand out at their place now for emergencies until we can get a call into the vet if it’s after hours. Both times the dogs were bitten by copperheads!!!!

    • Gina Bolger

      Jul 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      You are lucky the dogs did ok. Its the poison and dirty mouth you also need to worry about it will kill the skin & poison the kidneys. Always call your vet when that happens.

      • Martha

        Jul 22, 2013 at 12:02 am

        It depends on the snake as to how it will affect the dog as well as where the bite is, if it’s a dry bite, etc. My son is a herpetologist and has Facebook page, Orry Martin: Texas Snake Hunter and a youtube channel, gatorhunter92. Both of these have videos of venomous snakes as well as non-venomous snakes for identification and the Facebook page has professional pictures he takes of snakes. You can also message him of Facebook any questions you might have about the venomous snakes in your area and how the different venom will affect the victim.

    • Ann Staub

      Jul 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Your vet’s benadryl is probably no different than benadryl you buy over the counter.

      • gaby lacroix

        Oct 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm

        sorry but yes it is, the doses in are made for them you don’t have to dilute the dose like 1/2 tsp for every 5Kg its 1/2 for pet from2-4 mounts and so and so thanks.

      • Verjean

        Dec 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        But your vet probably has injectable Benedryl, which in an emergency, would be the protocol of choice, and would have almost immediate effect.

    • lynn

      Oct 31, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      my wiener dogs get 1 pill

  101. Gerry DVM

    Jul 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Please do not give oral mineral oil to cats. It will not elicit a swallow reflex if given orally and can wind up in the lungs causing a lipid pneumonia. There are many over the counter petrolatum based products that should be used instead.

    • LeeShee

      Jul 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing this information. We’ve always used petroleum-based products as well.

      • Sandra Gindt

        Jul 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

        My dogs got into rat poison and ate quite a bit of it. My vet told me to take a tablespoon of salt and put it down their throats. It works wonderfully. They threw up within seconds and eliminated all the poison within minutes. Make sure they are outside and not on your carpet because the reaction is immediate. There were no side effects to worry about and the dogs were fine within 30 minutes.

  102. Holly

    Jul 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Immodium is a drug Collies and other MDR1 dogs will react to. There should be a warning!!

    • kim

      Sep 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      My Vet has told me never to give Immodium to my dogs. It can be fatal. As for pepto, vet said to use with caution and only under her guidance and instruction. But I must say most of these I have heard you can give your pets safely but always keep in mind every dog and cat is different and may react different to any medication. Always check with your vet as soon as you are able to.

  103. Tabatha M

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I agree with above posts in regards to the facts regarding Immod. and Pepto. these products Really should Never be used to Cure a Canine’s issue it can cause more damage and kill an animal.

    • Rebecca

      Jul 25, 2013 at 1:37 am

      I agree with Amanda .Don’t ever use Pepto Bismol or Imodium AD they can cause liver and kidney failure only use Kaopectate that is what my Vet told me.

      • Catherine

        Dec 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

        We fostered several puppies who had yet to be vaccinated. We got them up to date but they still contracted parvo. In addition to keeping them hydrated, etc. our vet advised us to use Pepto to control vomiting and diarrhea. It worked! We still use it periodically when one of our pups has tummy trouble – but only for a very short period.

        Again, it is always best to ask your vet prior to administering medications!

  104. amanda b

    Jul 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    you really should warm people immodium in dogs with the MDR1 mutation at this dose could kill these dogs..It is not just ivomectin but many and immodium has killed many a MDR1 dog.. These include collies, aussies, border collies, shelties, German shepherds old English sheep dogs long hair whippits too among many other breeds or mixed of these breeds.. Because of this it is very very poor judgement to recommend this drug and provide dosage without a big warning.. Not to mention immodium is a very powerful drug that effects guy motility.. Simple fast, bland diet or perhaps some simple kanolin does not work then you should be seeking vet care..

    • Kay

      Jul 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      I am in complete agreement with this post.

      • Jen

        Nov 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        I posted the same thing below, guess I skimmed over this too fast…

  105. Amy

    Jul 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    We need to find a substitute for 75mg of propalin for dogs leaky bladder. Prouin is not effective. Any suggestions?

    • Cathy

      Jul 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      We found Nutri-Vet Bladder Control for Dogs to be very effective with our collie. You have to give the prescribed amount twice/day for a few days or so (like any supplement)but it really worked for her. We ordered it from Foster-Smith but they probably sell it everywhere. Good luck-

      • A Worrall

        Dec 12, 2013 at 6:24 am

        Eostrogen is useful in loss of bladder control in spayed bitches. It tightens up the sphincter at the neck of the bladder. Loss of this control is frequently present in spayed animals ( and post menopausal humans!) At one time stilbeostol was used. It was discontinued in humans (with a knock on effect for animals) when it was discovered that vaginal cancer seemed to happen in the daughters of women treated with stilbeostrol. I cannot see why it is no longer used for spayed animals as there is no chance of a ‘daughter generation’.

    • Bear

      Jul 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Is dog male or female? Age? Breed? Spayed or neutered? Young females can have a leaky bladder due to immature bladder. It is generally cured with their first heat cycle.

      • Colleen

        Nov 14, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        Bladder Strength supplement from Drs. Foster & Smith.com works really well. Spayed females Ages 12-14 1/2. Border collie and husky mix. I told my vet about it for his patients that can’t take Proin. He said the people that have tried it love it. He thanked me for the tip. Good luck!


        • kim

          Dec 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

          Clinic I work at prescribes Incurin for leaky bladers. Hope it helps.

  106. aiveen

    Jul 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    A vet here in Spain presribed mineral oil for my dogs constipation!

    • Janine

      Aug 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      In case of diarrhea or constipation (works both ways) you can feed plain pumpkin (plain, nothing else added).

      • Art

        Nov 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        Most importantly…make sure, if you buy the canned pumpkin that it is NOT the pie filling, but pure pumpkin.

      • Shelley Palmer

        Dec 3, 2013 at 3:03 am

        I have used pumpkin for diarrhea, but not heard for constipation too. I use fresh pumpkin myself ( I cut, clean, roast, cool, then pack in single use freezer bags, sealed in a bigger freezer bag). I agree with Art, make sure if canned is used make sure it is ONLY PUMPKIN, not the pie mix. Can prove deadly.

      • Verjean

        Dec 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        Bananas seem to have the same effect as well. Soften stool in constipation, and solidify it when they have diarrhea. Strange…but it does work, as does pumpkin. Yogurt is another great additive for gut health.

      • Diana Hartvig

        Jan 3, 2014 at 10:49 am

        Plain pumpkin is great! I cook up and freeze a bunch of it every fall.

    • gaby lacroix

      Oct 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      ya its the best of all, that’s what I give to my patient to, and everything worked very well.

    • Leah Rossi

      Jul 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Luv, use coconut oil… mineral oil is made of petrol 🙁
      Coconut oil is yummy and works wonders!

  107. Beth

    Jul 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Be very cautious when administering mineral oil. It can be aspirated into the lungs and can lead to pneumonia or worse complications.

    • Karen

      Nov 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      I Don’t Beleive The Dose on Benadryl is right. I have poms and we are only to give 1 Ml no more then that at a time. Also Mineral Oil vet said no on that. Use Pumpkin or 1Ml a Day of Benifiber (sp)or Medamucil (sp)

      • ashley

        Nov 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm

        0.5 to 1 mg is the correct dosage, and 1mg per pound is used commonly because of its safety— 7 years veterinary technician experience

      • Art

        Nov 30, 2013 at 10:38 pm

        I have 2 black labs..one weighed 70 lbs and was told by my vet to give her 100mg twice a day so the dosage on the Benadryl is correct.

        • Mylisa

          Dec 1, 2013 at 5:37 am

          Yeah, I was also told 30mg per 30 lbs of dog. So I’d give 3-4 25mg pills to my 95 lb dog.

      • nikki

        Dec 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        Milliliters and milligrams are not the same thing. If you’re measuring in mls, you’re using the pediatric liquid form which is generally 12.5 mg/ml.

        • Diana Hartvig

          Jan 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

          1000 grams equals 1 litter. This is for water but very close for other liquids. So 1gram equals 1 ml. I have no idea where you came up with your numbers but they are WRONG

      • Keri

        Dec 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

        I have a 16 lb white pomeranian who has terrible skin allergies. I give him more Benadryl that I would take for myself. My vet said dogs are very tolerant to Benadryl. I started out 1 pill 2x a day and after 3 months of continuing usage had to increase it to 2 pills 2X a day for him to feel any relief. He has been taking Benadryl for 4 years at these dosages and is a happy (itch-free) 13 year old dog.

        • Verjean

          Dec 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm

          That is correct. Benadryl is a safe drug even in higher doses. Mega doses can be indicated if the dog is stung, or having an extreme swelling reaction to something. Benedryl at double dose, or even more, can be helpful while transporting to the vet. Especially if the dog is in discomfort. If the dog is having trouble breathing, you’ll have to be careful about administering benedryl syrup, however. But syrup is the fastest mode for delivering the drug into the system. Pill or caps take longer to break down and metabolize. It is a great support drug for allergies and itching, and is probably the most commonly used OTC drug for that purpose in dogs.

        • Diana Hartvig

          Jan 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

          My vet says the same thing Keri. The dosage for my shepherds is high. I have used it for bee stings and spider bites on my dogs

  108. Erin Olson

    Jul 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    While all of these dosages are accurate….the CAUSE of what the problem is may need a Vet. I am a CVT, and we lost one dog because he had “coughing” issues. What it actually WAS, was GDV. He went untreated to a point where his entire stomach was necrotic when we finally DID so surgery, and he had to be put down on the table. His owners were doing the best they could, and tried what they THOUGHT would fix it, but an appointment and a radiograph would have showed us the problem right away.

    • lmktacwa

      Jul 27, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      While your advise is good, and obvious to most… not everyone has 24/7 access to a vet. Sometimes, you need to get through to get by until you can get to the vet. Just sayin’.

      • Cyndi

        Nov 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm

        I think what Erin was saying was the owners treated the dog too long before they took it to the vets. I night or two wouldn’t have caused that kind of damage. Just saying…

        • Ash

          Nov 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm

          Another LVT here. Actually that kind of damage can happen in hours. Gastric torsion cuts off the circulation to the stomach and the tissues begin to die immediately. This list is useful, but it is always best to check with your vet first!

          • Beth

            Dec 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

            If it was more affordable to go to a vet more people would take their pets in right away. But when it cost over $75 just to walk in the door, that makes it practically impossible for most people to take their pets to the vet on a whim. I love my pups tremendously and I always take them for their yearly visits for preventitive care, but sick visits are hard to pay for.

          • Caryn

            Dec 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm

            My dog is worth $75+ to see a vet. Not sure about you guys…but these people save lives. It’s infuriating to hear “I don’t want to pay for it” when it comes to health care. I have OHIP (provincial health care coverage) and pay very little for me. My dog doesn’t have that luxury. If everyone saw the actual cost of running a clinic full of vets, no one would complain. If you can’t afford to care for a pet when they fall ill (which we all do), it’s likely not a good idea to have one. Fostering is a great option that covers both sides.

          • Deb Graham

            Dec 3, 2013 at 12:40 am

            Yes, I know that a few hours can cause that amount of damage. It happens not only in dogs, but in horses. A horse can be dead in 24 hours. It has happened to me. Only presenting symptom. Wouldn’t eat his dinner. (Which was a huge flag for us) Vet came out. Did what they could. By morning, he died. He would have never made it on to the operating table.

          • Verjean

            Dec 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

            Torsion or bloat, it’s a medical EMERGENCY. There are other signs beside coughing…but many good owners are not aware of many of the conditions and the accompanying signs/symptoms. So in a GDV, a matter a few hours, not days…could be the difference between life and death. And walking into an emergency clinic is not just about the fee for walking in the door. Our emergency clinic here that I use, is $98 to walk in the door. Then there’s the tests, and if treatable…there’s the treatment. Even in relatively minor emergencies for which I have used the clinic, my bill has never been under $600. And for a GDV, assuming a surgery with no complications, would run between $1500 and $2000.
            I think that having a list of medications that can safely be used is a helpful, helpful tool. But it never replaces accessing veterinary advice and care. It’s also helpful to have a regular vet that will allow you to call him in an emergency, to determine whether the symptoms warrant a trip to emergency, or whether one can wait until Monday. But the exam charge at my vet is $65, plus care. So it’s still not a cheap fix. Any pet runs the risk of emergencies in their lifetime, so it’s best to have a plan in place for those times.

          • Nancy

            Mar 26, 2014 at 4:36 am

            Caryn, I have to respond to your comment that people shouldn’t have pets if they don’t have money for vet bills. Do you have any idea how many animals die everyday by a needle because there are not enough loving homes for them? I work to try to get animals out of those high kill shelters and into a home where they can know love. What those animals need is Love, not money. People who don’t have as much money as you do the best they can for their pets, and yes they try home remedies first and save the expensive vet trips as a last resort. (I try home remedies for myself as well and rarely need to go to a doctor.) Personally, I think those animals are much better off in a loving home without much money than alone and hungry on the streets or in a plastic garbage bag in a dumpster behind the shelter. I’m hoping that you did not mean to be insensitive, but it might be good to re-think your position and be a little less judgmental of others. And while I’m on my soapbox, people please don’t use your money to buy dogs from breeders or pet shops. Save a life, get a wonderful dog from the shelter. Animals are thinking, feeling, loving beings, not status symbols. Make the world a better place.

      • Lori

        Dec 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

        Think goodness I have a mobile vet,he comes to you!look around for a good vet.I had a vet that just was in it for the money and I didn’t like him or his staff much.look in your yellow pages,I did .it’s actually cheaper because he doesn’t have a office to pay for and he teams up with one who does if needed.it’s great for my pets,less stress and all that .look around if you have to.

        • Sarah

          Dec 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

          I would like to respond to one of the above comments. Its not about people not wanting to pay for the vet trip its sometimes about the fact that we cant. Its not like people who are unfortunate to not have a bank account with extra money in it dont love our pets too.but some people work 6 to 7 days a week to provide a home,vehical,utilities, clothig, food, and some wants to there human family. I will be honest before I had my son my dogs were my number one priority. And I paid for frequent vet trips for check ups, specail flea and tick medication and more. But now my priorities have changed. Im busy trying to make my life decent for my son so excuse me if I can not afford to take my dog to the vet for coughing. Im sure the people who animal past felt awful and did what they thought was best by teying to treat at home. Because sometimes you put more stress on your animal by dragging them to the vet instead of lettig them stay in there home enviroment. So before you go saying that people who are less fortunate than you are that they should not have pets maybe you need to just be thankful that you have the extra money to do vet trips for your animal. Because among people not having money for vets some people dot have medical themselves. And another thing I would like to point out to you is that dogs are descendants of wolves which are wild. Obviously they are ment to survive in the wild where vets dont exists.

          • Trish

            Dec 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

            Would you withhold medical treatment from your child also? Your animals should hold just as much priority in your home as your children or yourself. If you cant afford a pet then don’t get one. Simple as that. Emergencies come up and you have you deal with them, just as you would a human family member.

          • belinda baronelli

            Dec 20, 2013 at 8:56 am

            Totally agree…

          • Kim G

            Dec 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

            I agree Sarah. I’m sorry, I had to reply to your comment because I cannot comnent on the ones that have replied to you. I got infuriated when I read “Would you withhold medical treatment for your child as well?”. Now listen, I ADORE my animals. Right now, I have 2 cats, 4 kittens that will be going to their new homes in 2 weeks, and 3 dogs. I also have 2 kids. My animals, as much as I love them, have and will never come before my children. If they are extreme my I’ll, and my kids just have a sniffle, of course I’d choose to take my animal to the Vet but come on. Animals are just that, animals. Our children should ALWAYS take priority over them. If you think otherwise, you must not have children. I take EXCELLENT care of all of my anals, if they get sick, I do what I have to, to make them well, but if I HAD to make a choice, my children will always come first. Thank you. Kim G.

          • BARBARA RHOTON

            Dec 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

            u said it very well. I agree.

          • JM Wood

            Dec 30, 2013 at 12:29 am

            For those of YOU who say if US pet owners can’t afford to take OUR pets to the VET, WE should not be allowed to have pets!!?? You should be thankful there are people like US who even considered to take in animals and giving them a warm and loving home where they’re fed like kings and queens and are not abused. I have and refuse to take my pets to see a VET unless it is for their yearly vaccinations after a HUGE wake up call. 2 years ago when my 8yr old Blue Heeler developed crusty ears along with a raunchy taco smell, itching like crazy and started loosing his hair looking like a hyena after 3 wks, I took him in to see a VET and was charged over a $1000 for all of the above plus meds. Mr VET said it was allergies and gave him a $45 steroid cream for his skin and $20 antibiotics then told me to bathe him with Oatmeal Shampoo and sent us on our way with a revisit in 2 weeks. SCAM!!! VETS are a SCAM when it came to helping us and only do it people who do not do their research to keep YOU going back to spend more money. I could not believe what had just happened so when I got home I got online and researched what was wrong with my dog and couldn’t believe I was such an IDIOT for not researching this first. It turned out to be Candidia (and found this out before we got the skin biop results back and prob would have been told different just to get us back in the office to spend more $$). And can you guess what all it would have taken to cure this? (Needless to say I never gave my boy the meds the VET gave him) What cured my boy was Grain Free food dry or/and can, Plain Yogurt, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Benadryl. All for the LOW LOW PRICE of less than $50 a month. YES People, $50!! A grain free diet is what was needed for my dog and a VET, an animal professional told me to use Oatmeal Shampoo on my dog. Oatmeal is a grain you Professional Idiot!! So for those who can afford to take their pets to the VET weekly, by all means go spend your money. For those who can’t afford to, do some research first. Research all VETS in your area too as I now no longer see that Professional Idiot anymore. Research symptoms on Google or Bing word for word. No word search is too stupid as something will always come back for you to read. If then you find out that there is no home cure, take your pet to see a vet, but make sure you go in that office with knowledge of what could be wrong with your pet and take a written list of your questions to ask before you go. Not everyone has to be rich to own a pet!!

          • Darlene

            Apr 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm

            I have an eleven year old corgi…I am just trying to get some ideas on how to prolong his life and make him comfortable with his arthritis..I have paid the vet bill…I can’t really afford anymore but I don’t feel like he needs to be put down yet. I really don’t feel as though the comments that we should not own a pet because we cant afford thousands of dollars for xrays is accurate. My children have walked Oreo faithfully and bathed him and he has been a great part of our family. He has had his wellness checkups. Oreo could not have had a better home than with us!!

    • Deborah Hodgson

      Nov 30, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Gastric Dialation (Bloat) and at worst Torsion as you know presents itself differently from basic canine vomiting. With GDV there is presence of ropey white vomit, roaching of the back and general discomfort that isn’t reconciled by a “good throw up”. I’m not a vet but I have lived with Sighthounds for the last 30 years and while I’m lucky that I’ve never had a dog bloat or twist on me I am always watching for it. As you also know, time is so important in a bloat/torsion case. I wish that I lived closer to my 24/7 emergency clinic; it is an hour away during the day but I have trimmed that trip down to 30 minutes at 3 am one night! I have a chart taped to the inside of one of my kitchen cabinet doors that plots out the stages/symptons of bloat/torsion. The Afghan Hound Club of America had a link sometime ago if anyone wants to do a search.

      • Chris Mascord

        Dec 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        I have Great Danes and have experienced Gastric Dilation over the years. One must always be aware of it. Breeders and vets should thoroughly explain to owners of breeds predisposed to that condition how to recognise the symptoms and what action to take. Time is essential.
        Coughing episodes are totally different to unproductive retching. I would even recommend to get your vet to order you a bloating kit for tubing and show you how to use it. It can be used when the dog is only bloating without torsion and will possibly prevent torsion if the gas can be expelled quickly. It is a good first aid measure if you live some distance from a vet or it takes some time to organise a vet. I was always apprehensive about tubing a dog myself, but it was actually easy when it became necessary to do it and it relived the dog of much discomfort and pain.

      • Deb Graham

        Dec 3, 2013 at 12:45 am

        This has nothing to do with ‘my pet is worth $75 dollars. It’s more, like, a vet won’t help unless you have cash up front. Not ALWAYS do we have money on us. For some of us that do, they are lucky. And please .. don’t bash me for not always having money. I still deserve to have a pet and do anything I can to help it .. to assume is wrong, that you’d think someone doesn’t think their pet is worth 75 bucks!

        • Judie

          Apr 22, 2015 at 9:54 am

          Isn’t that the truth, Deb! I had to take a ferret to an after hours emergency vet one time. The poor thing was dying in my arms, but they literally CHECKED MY BANK BALANCE before they would even look at her. (she actually lived, thank god). Thankfully that time we had the money, to at least get him in the door. But another time I had to take a cat after hours and had to actually borrow money before they would treat him. How cruel!

      • Shelley Palmer

        Dec 3, 2013 at 3:17 am

        I have large dogs myself and had one real experience with Gastric Dialation (Bloat) and Torsion. This was my 160 lb 8 year old Dane. I’m a nurse, got home late, almost 10 pm, and when I came home, I knew something wasn’t right. No emesis (no vomiting), he did not present with typical signs. I knew his heart was beating too fast (220 a minute), and he would not leave my side. He should have needed to potty, but refused. He refused any food or drink also. My husband encouraged our visit to the emergency vet (we were newlyweds). Gave did so well in the car I thought I had imagined the whole thing. At the vet, they looked at me as if I were nuts (what does my mental status have to do with it? I was approaching nuts bc I knew my dog was dying).
        They told me there was no way there was bloat…I insisted on an x-ray. The vet and I looked at the films together and told me my boy was one of the lucky ones…no symptoms she identified as indicative of the diagnosis. We did emergency surgery, I believe it was about $3500. I’m probably still paying for it, lol. But my boy lived to be 10.5 yrs old.

        My latest Dane will be 3 in Feb. When we did his neuter as a pup, my vet knew my concerns especially with Gabe’s experience. He suggested that they do a stomach tack while doing the neuter. I wish all vets did this on all barrel chested dogs!!!!! It has been a blessing to know I don’t have the same worries.

        BTW don’t get hung up on what dog life span’s are predicted to be. I’ve always been told 6-8 years old for Danes. My first, Gabe, was 10.5 years old, my second Dane had turned 15 a few weeks before his end. It is all in how you treat them, inside animals on decent food, and regular meds (heartworm esp here in the South) makes all the difference.

    • Brenda Keaton

      Dec 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Erin Olson, your advice is very good & helpful, but in reality as much as we love out pet’s as family member’s, unfortunately most people just don’t have enough money to have certain thing’s done for them. I mean we can’t even afford to go to the Dr. ourself unless we abosoutly have to. Drs. visit’s including Vets. are just so expensive I think people just do what they can & take the risk.

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