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Can The Dog Be Given Paracetamol As A Pain Reliever?

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If Paracetamol is given to a dog in a slightly overdosed form, it can be fatal. It is not advisable, therefore, to give the dog Paracetamol as a pain reliever.

Paracetamol is an aniline analgesic, the only one which is still used today. It works by inhibiting the synapses between prostaglandins, which blocks the feeling of pain.

It is very easy to overdose your dog with Paracetamol. If this occurs, it can destroy the dog’s liver and kidneys. Signs that your dog has consumed an overdose of the pain killer include lack of appetite, depression and vomiting. If your dog shows these signs, you should induce vomiting in the dog using baking soda crystals, which also help to negate the effect of the Paracetamol. The dog should be brought to the vet as soon as possible. Just like with a human overdosing, they may need to have their stomach pumped.

There is a veterinary substitute for Paracetamol containing codeine which can be used for treating musculoskeletal pain in dogs. However, it should only be used on veterinary advice and requires a prescription.

In conclusion, human medicines should never be used for the dog. There is usually an animal-friendly alternative, and any drugs you give your dog should be advised by your vet. Be careful not to allow your dog get into any human painkillers by keeping them tightly sealed and on a high shelf - just as you would keep them away from a small child.
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Paracetamol can be used to treat fever and pain. It does not treat inflammation. FDA has not approved this drug for animal use. But many vets are prescribing paracetamol as pain killer in dogs. Paracetamol can be toxic for dogs but a dose of 10-20 mg per Kg body weight for 2-3 times a day can be given to dogs. Before giving paracetamol to dogs, first discus this with vet.
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Paracetamol is an analgesic and antipyretic drug. FDA has not approved this drug in animals but veterinarians can prescribe this drug in dogs legally as off label drug. Although this medicine is safe and effective in dogs but self medication with paracetamol in dogs can produce some harmful effects. Paracetamol can be given in dogs 2-3 times daily with 10-20 mg body weight dose.
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Paracetamol is non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. This drug should not be used without supervision of vet because it can be toxic for dogs. In dogs, paracetamol can be used for 2-3 times in a day with a dose of 5-20 mg per pound body weight or 10-20 mg per Kg body weight.

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