Pain, Ibuprofen, and Your Dog
Never give ibuprofen to dogs for pain or other conditions.
Jon Geller, DVM
Q. Is it OK to give children's ibuprofen to dogs?
A. Never give ibuprofen to dogs, even the pediatric dose. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, and kidney and liver failure, especially at higher doses. Ibuprofen is an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) in a similar class of medication with aspirin. Aspirin, although safer, can also cause stomach ulceration and bleeding in dogs.
A group of prescription medications is available that is much safer to use in dogs. These are also NSAIDs, but they are effective and generally safe, especially for short periods of time. They include Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Metacam, Zubrin and others. You’ll need to get these through your local veterinarian, who might want to do some baseline blood work first.
Coated or flavored ibuprofen is especially attractive to dogs who have been known to devour entire bottles. This results in an intensive emergency room visit, and often is fatal.
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