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I give my cat children or infants tylenol for pain? He weighs 20lbs

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Can I give my cat children or infants tylenol for pain? He weighs 20lbs
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Denver ER Doc replied 5 years ago.
Hi there, thanks for your question.

First and most importantly, you should NEVER give your cat tylenol. Their liver is unable to process it and even a small amount can be very toxic.

Unfortunately, there really are no good human over-the-counter pain medications that are good for cats. There are really only a few on the veterinary side as well, particularly non-steroidal antiinflammatory pain medications like Tylenol and aspirin. The one that we used to use fairly regularly (meloxicam, or Metacam) has recently been labeled as harmful for oral use.

The one that we use most often in my hospital is buprenorphine, a morphine derivative. It works quite well, but it is a controlled drug and therefore must be dispensed by a veterinarian.

Hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Dr. Paul

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