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Can you give dogs paracetamol

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My 20kg dog has an upper respiratory infection and is suffering. I''ve taken him to my vet who didn''t prescribe anything to ease his symptoms. I gave him a 5ml spoon of calpol (infant paracetamol) which seems to have eased his symptoms a little. Should this be a one off, or can I give it to him again before he settles for the evening?

Paracetemol or tylenol is toxic to dogs and is not recommended. You can however give ASA (asprin) as a safer alternative. This can be given at a dose of 5mg per pound twice daily on a full stomach for no more than two days. You can also give him diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine to help with the runny nose. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can be given at a dose of 1mg per pound twice daily. The chlorpheniramine can be given at a dose of 4mg twice daily.

Please let me know if further assistance is needed.


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thanks for your prompt reply Theresa.

Is it safe to give asprin related products such as ibuprofen (child variety) to dogs? I have piriteze allergy tablet, but they contain cetirizine hydrochloride - is this as safe as chlorpheniramine which is in the form of piriton?

Cetirizine is okay. Ibuprofen is not okay. ASA only.


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