Tylenol for My Dog?

Updated on February 12, 2009
D.H. asks from Olathe, KS
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My German Shorthair is getting old and I think has arthritis in his hip. Can I give him human medication like tylenol?

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Thanks for sharing your experience with arthritis in dogs. I bought some Glucosamine & Chondroitin for him and hope it helps!

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M.B.

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Ok, definately NOT TYLENOL. Grandma was giving her dog tylenol for 2 weeks when we went to visit. Dog was lethargic so I took her to the vet. Turns out tylenol will cause them to bleed internally. Dog had blood and plasma intraveniously and had to be admitted to the intensive care unit. Needless to say, we learned the hard way that buffered asprin is the way to go. Anything extra strength is a bad idea and always check with your vet first! They do sell buffered asprin with a weight dosage at petsmart.

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M.V.

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We have been giving our dog who also has arthritis chewable 81mg aspirin for a couple years once a day seems to help

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K.W.

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I have a 90 lb black lab and my vet told me to give her the buffered 500 mg Aspirin. I would definetly check with the vet on how many mg but the buffered Aspirin doesn't upset her stomach.

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A.S.

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I do know that some human medications are OK for dogs, but I can't remember which. We had to give our dog pain reliever, but I can't remember if it was Tylenol or Asprin. I'd call your vet and check before you give anything and get the proper dosage. Poor dog, I hope he gets some relief.

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J.M.

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you should give him glucosamine. did wonders for my dogs joints!!!

K.P.

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D.,
We give our dog glucosamine with chondroitin for my dogs stiff joints. There is a dog formula or you can give your dog the same stuff we would take. This was recommend to us by our vet and our 11 year old lab thinks he is a puppy again.

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K.C.

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we gave our westie baby asprin for arthritis (until it got too bad and we went for the pet stuff). I would ask your vet about how much and what specifically, they might want you to start giving him one every morning or evening or something.

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J.M.

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NO! Tylenol is toxic to dogs. It can cause damage to the liver and kidneys. Take your dog to the vet to have the problem diagnosed. There are great medications for pets with arthritis. Your dog can't tell you he hurts.

D.M.

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Only ASPRIN, NEVER Tylenol..... But ask your vet how many mg per how many lbs. he weighs! I was always told to never give Tylenol to an animal.

Best of luck with your 4 legged baby! :)

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J.P.

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As has been said - NO TYLENOL! (It is toxic to dogs and Tylenol is not very effective human arthritis...ibuprofin or aspirin is recommended...)

Dogs can take aspirin but like humans it can upset their stomach. I use Ascriptin, a brand of buffered, coates aspirin that has Maalox built in. It helps protect the stomach.

On a side note - THANK YOU for YOUR service to our country by supporting your husband! (And, of course, huge thanks to him!!!)