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Over-The-Counter Medicines That Can Be Safely Given to Your Dog


While veterinary care, lots of love, and a healthy lifestyle is the absolute best way to keep your pet feeling great, all dogs will experience at least some form of injury or illness in their lifetime. Did you know that there are many over-the-counter human medications that can be safe and effective for dogs, when used correctly?

Benadryl, or another branded antihistamine, can be incredibly useful for treating allergies, bug bites, or other causes of itchy skin. Buffered aspirin is an excellent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Even Dramamine can be used for dogs with motion sickness, and Immodium can treat diarrhea. However, dosages for dogs are much different than for humans.

Use the information on these slides to determine if your OTC medication is dog (and cat) safe and how much should be administered. Always check with your veterinarian that understands your pet’s health and history before giving any medications. Additionally, be certain that you’re using only the medication listed, not other ingredients. Many antihistamines, for example, include added decongestants that can be lethal for your dog. Check labels very carefully and when in doubt, don’t use.

Please note: Collies and other herding breeds may have a genetic mutation that makes certain OTC drugs on this list – even those that are considered safe for other breeds – very dangerous. Always check with your veterinarian before administering human medications.


allergy medicine


Treats allergies and itching.

Canine Dose: 1/2-1mg per pound of body weight. Maximum dose 2mg/lb.

Feline Dose: 1/2 mg per pound every 8 hours. Can cause excitability.


Aspirin in Jar

Buffered Aspirin

Pain relief and anti-inflammatory.

Canine Dose: 5mg per pound of body weight every 12 hours.


IMPORTANT! Do NOT give your dog aspirin without first consulting your veterinarian, especially if your dog is already taking steroids or prescribed pain medication. New studies have linked aspirin with gastric ulcers in dogs.



Used to reduce motion sickness.

Canine Dose: 12.5 – 50mg every 8 hours.

Feline Dose: 12.5 mg every 8 hours.


hydrogen peroxideHydrogen Peroxide

Used to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion of poisons.

Canine Dose: 10ml by mouth. Repeat in 15 minutes if not vomiting. Do not exceed 3 doses.

Feline Dose: 10ml by mouth. Repeat in 15 minutes if not vomiting. Do not exceed 3 doses.


300Immodium AD

Relieves diarrhea.

Canine Dose: 1ml per pound of body weight or 1mg per 20 pounds every 8 hours.




Relieves diarrhea.

Canine Dose: 1ml per pound of body weight every 2 hours.

Feline Dose: 1ml per pound of body weight every 2 hours.


31191710658_450x450_aMineral Oil

Eliminates constipation.

Canine Dose: Up to 4 tablespoons daily.

Feline Dose: Up to 2 tablespoons daily.


3929_LRGimgCanned Pumpkin

Relieves diarrhea, eliminates constipation. (Note: use only 100% pumpkin, NOT pie filling).

Canine Dose: 2-3 teaspoons every 8-12 hours.

Feline Dose: 1-2 teaspoons every 8-12 hours.


pepto-bismol_old_lookPepto Bismol

Relieves diarrhea, vomiting, and gas.

Canine Dose: 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds of body weight or 1 caplet per 20 pounds every 6 hours.



open-uri20121014-2701-temi6aRobitussin DM

Relieves coughing and hacking.

Canine Dose: 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight every 8-12 hours.





adIbuprofen and Tylenol


Canine Dose: DO NOT USE!

Feline Dose: DO NOT USE!

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