Human Drugs That are Safe for Dogs & Cats

Please note: We are not veterinarians nor do we claim to be. Nothing here is meant to replace what your veterinarian says. Always consult with your veterinarian first. This list is provided as a guide only!

NOT SAFE
(If a drug is NOT listed here, please do not assume it is safe to give to your dog, always consult your veterinarian first)

Other common medicines and so called social “drugs” which definitely should not be given by owners to their pets are :

* Paracetamol
* Ibuprofen
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
* Alcohol of any kind
* Benzocaine
* The laxative phenolphthalein
* Iron supplements
* Vitamin D supplements
* Nebuliser medications prescribed for asthma
* Drugs used to control “fits” e.g. phenytoin (toxic in cats)
* Coffee and tea (due to the caffeine content)
* Cannabis or any other illegal drug.

All of the above have been documented to cause serious illness – and are potentially fatal . The message is – NEVER assume what is safe for you and your children is safe for your pet – the chances are it isn’t.


SAFE

Household Medications for Pets

The following is a list of common household human medications that can be used on pets. These medications can be especially useful if you can’t reach a veterinarian.

Product

Common Usage

Canine (dog) Dosage

Feline (cat) Dosage

Buffered Aspirinpain relief, anti-inflammatory5 mg per lb. every 12 hoursnot recommended
Vitamin Bused as an appetite stimulant1/2 to 2ml subcutaneously every 24 hours1/2 to 1ml subcutaneously every 24 hours
Benadryltreats allergies, itching etc.1/2mg per lb. every 8 hours (max dose 2mg per lb.)Although safe to use, Benadryl is not very effective in cats, and other antihistamines are more commonly prescribed

 

same as canine dose

Dramaminereduces motion (car) sicknessup to 50mg every 8 hoursup to 10mg every 8 hours
GAS-X

(Simethicone)

Simethicone is used in dogs to help with unusual flatulence or gas discomfort. Any dog suspected of BLOAT should get 2 doses immediately before transport to the Emergency Clinic.Small: ¼ adult dose

 

Medium:  ½ adult dose

 

Large:  1 adult dose

¼ adult dose
HYDROCORTISONECan help to relieve itchy, raw or irritated skin. It can be used topically to reduce itching from hives, hot spots, and insect bites and stings.Apply a small amount up to two times daily.Same as canine dose
Hydrogen Peroxide 3%used to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion of poison10ml by mouth every 15 minutessame as canine dose
Epinephrine 1:1000used to treat reactions following medications, insect bites & stings1/10 to 1/2ml intramuscular or subcutaneously1/10 to 2/10ml intramuscular or subcutaneously
Pepto Bismolfor diarrhea, vomiting & anti-gas1 tsp per 5 lbs every 6 hoursnot recommended
Di Gel Liquidantacid and anti-gasup to 4 tbs every 8 hoursup to 2 tbs every 8 hours
Mineral Oileliminates constipationup to 4 tbs dailyup to 2 tbs daily
Kaopectaterelieves diarrhea1 ml per lb. every 2 hours

 

***WARNING:  Certain dog breads related to Collies may have adverse reactions to Imodium (loperamide/ivermectin).  Do not give this medicine to Collies, Shelties, Australian Shepherds and Long-haired Whippets.

same as canine dose
TAGAMET

(Cimetidine)

/PEPCID-AC

/ZANTAC

Reduces the amount of stomach acids and can be dispensed to dogs and cats suffering from ulcers, acid reflux or belly ache. Sometimes they are used to prevent ulcers in animals taking other medications.Less than 20 lbs: ¼ tablet

 

20 – 60 lbs:  ½ tablet

 

Over 60 lbs:  1 tablet

 

Once or twice a day

¼ tablet

 

Once or twice a day

 


Antibiotic Dosages for pets

The following is a list of common antibiotics prescribed by veterinarians. Recommended dosages and common usage’s are included. Please follow the advice of your veterinarian when using antibiotics.

Product

Common Usage

Canine (dog) Dosage

Feline (cat) Dosage

Amoxicillinused to fight bacterial infection5 mg per lb. ev ery 12 hours5 mg per lb. daily
Ampicillianused to fight bacterial infection10 mg per lb. every 6 hourssame as canine dose
CephalexinCephalexin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic available as capsules or liquid suspension used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, urinary tract, respiratory tract, bones, and joints.Give 10-15mg per pound of pet’s body weight every 8-12 hoursSame as canine dose
DoxycyclineDoxycycline is an antibiotic used to treat infections like Lyme disease, chlamydia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and bacterial infections caused by susceptible organismsThe usual dose is 2mg-5mg/lb of pet’s weight every 12-24 hours. Doxycycline can be given with or without food. Allow plenty of drinking water for your pet. Do not give this medication with milk or dairy products unless your veterinarian has told you to do so. Dairy products reduce the absorption of doxycycline.The usual dose is 2mg/lb of pet’s weight every 12 hours. Doxycycline can be given with or without food. Follow the dose with a moist treat. Allow plenty of drinking water for your pet. Do not give this medication with milk or dairy products unless your veterinarian has told you to do so. Dairy products reduce the absorption of doxycycline.
Tetracyclineused to fight bacterial infection10 mg per lb. every 8 hourssame as canine dose
PEN BP-48used to fight bacterial infection1 cc per 20lbs subcutaneously every 48 hoursnot recommended
Penicillian i300,000 units/milused to fight bacterial infection1 ml per 30 lbs. subcutaneouslysame as canine dose