|Barked: Thu Jan 29, '09 7:54am PST |
|We all like to save money, so a trip to your medicine cabinet may be less expensive than a trip to your vet. Below is a list of common over-the-counter medications that can be used for dogs. Just give your vet a quick call to be sure a human medicine will work for your specific dog and it's problem and to make sure the human medicine won't react badly with anything the dog is already taking. Direction for dogs only:
A & D Ointment - for minor wounds, a thin coating 3-4 times a day for a week or so.
Anbesol - for mouth pain, dab on liquid with swab 1-2 times a day for up to 2 days.
Benadryl - antihistamine, 1 mg. per lb., every 6-8 hours, or 1 (one) 25 mg. tablet every 12 hours.
Betadine Solution - antiseptic, use diluted with distilled water to the color of weak tea to wash wounds.
Betadine Skin Cleanser - antiseptic liquid soap, use full strength to wash wounds.
Bufferin - pain reliever, 10-25 mgs. per 2.2 lbs. (1 kg.), 2-3 times a day.
Burow's Solution - antiseptic, moisten cotton ball and apply to wound.
Caladryl - lotion for pain and itching, paint on sore area.
Cortaid - anti-itch cream, apply 1-2 times a day as needed.
Desitin - soothing ointment, rub on affected area.
Dramamine - car sickness/ nausea, 2-4 mg. per lb., 3 times a day.
Dulcolax - for constipation, 5-20 mg. tablet once a day, or 1/2 (one half) to 2 pediatric suppositories (10 mg.) once a day.
Epsom Salts - for irritated/ itchy skin, 1 cup per gallon of water, soak affected area.
Hypo Tears - eye lubricant, apply 4-12 times daily.
Iodine - antiseptic, paint on wound.
Ipecac Syrup - Emetic to promote vomiting, 1 teaspoon per 20 lbs., up to 3 teaspoons.
Kaopectate - for diarrhea, 1/2 (one half) to 1 teaspoon per 5 lbs., to a max of 2 tablespoons every 8 hours.
Lanacane - topical anesthetic, apply to sore area using gauze.
Massengill Disposable Douche - odor neutralizer for skunk/body odor, 2 0z. per gallon of water soak 15 min., then bathe as usual.
Metamucil (unflavored) - for constipation, 1 teaspoon per10-25 lbs., mixed in food.
Neosporin - preventing wound infection, apply 3-4 times daily as needed.
Pedialyte - for dehydration, mix 50/50 with water as much as dog wants.
Pepcid AC - for vomiting, 5 mgs. per 10 lbs. 1-2 time a day.
Pepto-Bismol - diarrhea/vomiting/nausea/indigestion, 1/2 (one half) to1 teaspoon per 5 lbs., to a max of 2 tablespoons up to 3 times a day or 1 tablet per 15 lbs. up to 3 times a day.
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia - for constipation, 2-4 teaspoons per 5 lbs. every 6 hours.
Preparation H - for sore anal area, apply up to 4 times daily.
Robitussin Pediatric Cough Formula - cough suppressant, ASK YOUR VET.
Solarcaine - topical pain reliever and anesthetic, apply to sore area 1-2 times a day for 2 days.
Vicks VapoRub - for congestion, smear a small amount on pet's chin for easier breathing.
Witch Hazel - astringent/antiseptic, dab on affected area.
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