Did I Kill my Dog With Medicine?

 |  Apr 18th 2009  |   7 Contributions


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My dog died today...he wasn't well yesterday, I
gave him a pain killer because he couldn't walk...is
it because of the medicine that he's dead? Please
be honest.

Nikita
Delhi, India

Probably not. But honestly, I don't know.

I am very sorry to learn of the loss of your dog. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Severe adverse reactions to pain killers can cause animals to die. You do not state what sort of medicine you used. Some human medicines are not safe for dogs. Some canine-specific pain killers are not safe in dogs that are sick.

So, honestly, there is a chance that the medicine caused your dog to pass away.

However, in my opinion the medication is not the most likely cause of death. You mention that your dog could not walk the day before he died. I suspect that he may have been weak from a disease such as kidney failure or internal bleeding due to cancer.

It is most likely that your dog died because of whatever sickness made him unable to walk.

Regardless of what happened, I do not feel it is appropriate for you to blame yourself for your dog's death. Once again, I am sorry for your loss.

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