Many times when dogs are sick, we think that we can solve their problems with human remedies. Sometimes they are beneficial, and sometimes they are not. Advil and Tylenol are two drugs that should NOT be used to fed to dogs. Advil and Tylenol both contain “ibuprofen”, which is used for pain relief in humans, but can be harmful for dogs.
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Q: My dog has a lot of pain in the hip area. Prescribed meds help, but are so expensive. Can I give her the ibuprofen that I take?
A: Unfortunately I can not advise using ibuprofen in dogs. Popular brand name drugs that contain ibuprofen are Advil and Motrin. Ibuprofen is NOT considered safe for dogs and can in some instances be quite toxic to their kidneys, liver and gastrointestinal tract. The medications prescribed by your vet have been proven to be safe for long term use in dogs. Perhaps your veterinarian can find you an alternative medication that is both cheaper and safe for your dog.
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