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Over-the-Counter Medications That Are Safe for Dogs (And How Much to Give!)

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 chart below 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.

168 Responses to Over-the-Counter Medications That Are Safe for Dogs (And How Much to Give!)
  1. Mary
    April 1, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    From reading the replies here, it seems that poor people should not have pets. Perhaps, the humane society could look at income levels before adopting out their animals. Before everyone gets worked up, I’m being sarcastic. I have never been able to walk out of the vets office without being $300 poorer and this is for yearly exam and shots. If your pet is actually sick, it’s xrays and lab work and another $1000 and maybe you get proper treatment. I am told by my friends out in the middle of no where that vet care is cheaper out in the boonies. I found a a dead mamma cat and dead kittens and one surviving kitten. They appeared to have been mauled by an animal. I took the kitten to the vet who said to feed it dry kitten food and not replacement milk. The kitten developed low blood sugar 3 days later. Total cost for treatment was over $2000. Perhaps the kitten replacement milk would have avoided the low blood sugar and I would have been better off going by my instincts with this baby rather than doing what the vet suggested.

    • tony
      April 11, 2014 | 3:29 am

      Well Mary since vets r such animal lovers shouldn’t some offer affordable rates for the lower income Americans who live check to check or I guess they’re kids don’t deserve pets because her father just educates our children or patrol our streets or build our schools n hospitals since our society doesn’t deem these worthy of a decent salary only people with money can love…..with a name like Mary u should be a little more christian…

  2. Whit
    March 14, 2014 | 1:36 am

    WOW! All I did was look up a light pain medicine for a dog that I took out off a HORRIBLE environment! I see all these rude comments. Who are y’all to judge anyone? Do you know these people or do you know me? NO! I take care of my 2 dogs and my 1 year old son. Do not judge anyone you do not know, you’re not God! I actually probably spend more money on my one dog than your house a year! I rescued a dog and he gets pain in his hips. I called the vet and made him an appointment! You all need to shut your nasty mouths! These people are just asking advice!!!

  3. Jo
    March 5, 2014 | 7:30 am

    I have to say I cannot believe the comment about children and if that was made to me I would be most upset … I have 3 dogs; I of whom I took in because my father passed away … Last year in 2013 I took my jack russel to the vets with tummy pains and £1000.00 later and a huge operation they still did’nt know what was wrong with her ….if I have to go to the vets as I have done this morning I actually worry about the cost ,and its not that I dont love or care for my dogs its that circumstances have changed …people should never judge other people unless you know their circumstance …also to point out when you take you’re children to the doctors there is no charge but i would like to know how vets justify there charges …rant over

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    I was once told online when I had a breeding question bout breeding my mixed breed do.i was told only akc dogs should be breed .and all others fixed

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      So dont fell to bad when you are told you have no business having a dog.

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  6. jaime
    February 11, 2014 | 10:03 pm

    Some of you folks have literally gone south in yourminds if you believe that a animal will be equivalenu.to a human child. How crazy is that……if that is the case then let your pet drive to the hospital,feed,and bury you. I am an animal lover……..but i would be crazy to equate a pet to my child…..that is just plain stupidity.

  7. polly
    February 7, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Respectfully- GDV (commonly known as “bloat”) can, and will kill a dog within one hour of onset if emergency measures aren’t immediately taken (veterinary care is urgently needed) If bloat is suspected, RUSH, don’t run, to your nearest animal medical emergency facility!

    http://voices.yahoo.com/canine-bloat-gastric-dilitation-volvulus-gdv-4203421.html?cat=53

  8. Phill
    January 22, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    I think a lot of people, myself included, look for alternatives to the vet as the vets charge an insane amount of money for consultation and medication.
    My Rott had a minor ear infection due to a narrow ear canal, something my friend didn’t know at the time (she was watching her wile I was away)
    I told her to put Earex in it as it works. Instead she took her to the vet and I ended up with a £75 bill and the equivalent of Earex.
    Insane!

  9. tanya
    December 6, 2013 | 7:58 pm

    I always try to keep baby benadrly and immodium on hand. My chi’s are allergic to ants and sometime get diarrhea occasionally

  10. RHONDA
    December 5, 2013 | 7:26 pm

    I’M SO VERY GLAD THAT I FOUND A WONDERFUL VET WHO CARES MORE ABOUT THE ANIMAL THAN THE DOLLAR HE HAS BEEN OUR VET FOR 10 YRS NOW HE CALLS IN MEDS WHEN WE CAN GET THEM CHEAPER AT THE PHARMACY HIS INITIAL VISIT IS AROUND $40.00 AND FOLLOW-UPS ARE AROUND $8-11.00 HE IS VERY GOOD WITH ANIMALS AND WORKS ON A PAYMENT SCALE

  11. deanna
    December 3, 2013 | 11:19 pm

    be very careful about Imodium and pepto bismol. they can be poisonous
    for some dogs that are MDR1 mutant, including many collies and certain other breeds.

    • Beverly Pettit
      December 4, 2013 | 10:33 pm

      Does anyone have a solution to constant ear infections for a poodle.

      • jojo
        April 5, 2014 | 11:07 am

        Coconut oil! Look it up. It has many wonderful benefits for both internal and external.

  12. Penny Rodgers
    December 3, 2013 | 7:25 pm

    kaopectate should never be given to cats…it now contains a form of aspirin. The old formula was safe…the new one is not.

  13. Eleanor Gonyea
    December 3, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Okay your advice is great I do not know why you say no tylenol but when my dogs run fevers from colds they get 1 tylenol a day until thier fever is gone. Also there are some people who have very low incomes and can not afford big vet bills . The vets do not allow low income people credit they let the animals die instead , So some have to do the best they can at home.And the letting a pet die is true because the vets let my dog bleed to death internally because I could not pay 1000 cash up front.

  14. Pamela Delaney
    December 2, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    Your article states that Imodium is not safe for cats, but it FAILS to state that it should NEVER be given to dogs with white fur below the knee. There is an genetic abnormality in dogs like this (all collies, sheepdogs and others); it can KILL dogs with this physical trait. Please get your act together and pst this critical info NOW!!!

  15. badideas
    December 2, 2013 | 5:37 pm

    This is terrible advice.

    Giving loperamide (Immodium) to dogs who are positive for MDR1 mutation can kill them.

    http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/drugs.aspx

  16. Mary Kay
    December 2, 2013 | 10:25 am

    Ascriptin is no longer available. You might be able to find Bufferin but even that is hard since it is no longer a popular OTC medicine. Ask your druggist if they can order some buffered aspirin. I use it to treat my old dogs’ aches & pains (with my vet’s okay) and a local druggist orders it for me. It is a generic brand and at under $4.00 for 100 pills, it is affordable.

  17. Stephanie Presdee
    December 2, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Immodium and other OTCs containing Loperamide can be fatal to any type of dog that has white hair or fur on its ankles and feet; this is due to a genetic permutation.MDR1 gene. A number of breeds fall into this category, but the most common are collies (rough collies and border collies). Never give this to a dog with white feet.” So probably as I have had Roughs since 1975 that somewhere this rang alarm bells.
    Herding breeds including Shetland sheepdogs.I always advise a visit to the vet.

  18. Melinda Smith
    December 1, 2013 | 9:38 pm

    You can also add Pepcid AC in small quantities for an upset stomach. My dog’s vet prescribed it and it worked.

  19. Melinda Smith
    December 1, 2013 | 9:37 pm

    You can also add Pepcid AC in small quantities for an upset stomach. My dog’s vet prescribed it and it worked.

  20. Heather
    December 1, 2013 | 7:38 pm

    I would like to let you all know that Canned pumpkin is also good for diarrhea as well as constipation. I have used it for many years with my dogs and my puppies when they are weaning.

    • Michele
      December 1, 2013 | 8:29 pm

      I used canned pumpkin when my Pit Bull had a bad case of diarrhea. It worked GREAT!! He was OK within 2 days of giving him the canned pumpkin in the morning and at night.

  21. Real McCoy
    December 1, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CHART TO REFLECT THIS: Kaopectate now contains aspirin in their formula, and because of that, it is NO LONGER RECOMMENDED FOR CATS.

    • badideas
      December 2, 2013 | 5:38 pm

      this is true. Aspirin is lethal to cats

  22. Kym McConnell
    December 1, 2013 | 10:03 am

    Please make a notation on this chart. Kaopectate (as listed here) is no longer available for humans. Formula has changed and is the same as Pepto-Bismol (dangerous to cats) Old fashioned Kaopectate is still available through Veterinary Supply

  23. Amber
    November 30, 2013 | 11:46 pm

    My vet recommended Pepcid for acidity. Duke was throwing up bile in the mornings. I gave it to him at night for a few days until he got better.

  24. Karen
    November 30, 2013 | 7:54 pm

    I Fully Agree Ask Your Vet. Because Better Safe Then Sorry. Plus You have to Take into account if your Animals have Medical Conditions.

  25. Jen
    November 30, 2013 | 6:02 pm

    The vet clinic I work for does recommend some of these products but still should be used under a Vet supervision……and NO
    FOR MDR1 BREEDS (Aussies, collies, Border Collies, etc) without having them tested first.

    • Jen
      November 30, 2013 | 6:02 pm

      sorry, not sure what happened there….no IMODIUM

  26. Dorothy
    November 29, 2013 | 10:02 pm

    Please check with your vet before giving your pet any over the counter medication. Most vets have an emergency number after regular hours.

  27. Dorothy Newkirk
    November 29, 2013 | 6:02 pm

    DO NOT Give Immodium to Herding Dogs like Collies, Border Collies, Aussies, Shelties ETC. For other drugs dangerous to Herding dogs see: http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/drugs.aspx
    http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/breeds.aspx

  28. Mary
    November 15, 2013 | 5:51 pm

    Imodium is not safe for dogs with MDR1 gene mutation, http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-vcpl/drugs.aspx

  29. Winona
    November 15, 2013 | 7:36 am

    My Familu has always given our dogs ivermectin. There are a lot of comments on here about it being fatal for border collies and Aussies. well my parents dog is both and she has been given ivermectin paste for regular wormings and she has never reacted to it at all. So I’m curious, what is the big deal about this mutation? It seems to me that its not a big deal since my parents dog isn’t dead like people say she should be.

    • Sherry
      November 29, 2013 | 11:14 pm

      The problem for some dogs and Ivermectin (and many other drugs for that matter) is that some dogs have a gene mutation that doesn’t allow for the proper absorption of these chemicals in and out of the brain. The gene in particular is called MDR1. If your dog has never had a reaction of any kind to Ivermectin or its derivatives, then most likely your dog has a correctly functioning MDR1 coded gene. However, some dogs can be a carrier (or non-affected) and still be only mildly sensitive to some drugs but not others. You can find more information on the MDR1 drug sensitivity at…
      http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/index.aspx

  30. H Jones
    November 6, 2013 | 3:12 pm

    Thank you so much for this chart. It’s very informative and will help me in teaching my loved ones what’s safe for their dogs. I’ve been a dog owner and part time breeder for over 30 years (no puppy mills just a litter if I have a very special female, then just one litter). My family relies on me for many answers but to many times outside people interfere and disagree. When this happens I refer my family to the vet. This chart will help them decide for themselves and keep their dogs safe. Again, thank you so much.
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    Lincoln, California

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  43. Debbie
    July 25, 2013 | 11:03 am

    Just an FYI, my 9 year old white shepherd gets upset stomachs easily. We were advised to cook plain rice and give to him whenever he starts feeling bad. I was amazed because it works almost instantly. I now keep a large box of rice on hand for my big baby.

    • badideas
      December 2, 2013 | 5:39 pm

      rice baby food is also good

  44. pwherman
    July 24, 2013 | 10:45 pm

    Our springer spaniel has severe itching issues..so bad that he has scratched and bitten the hair off of many parts of his body, bald on back legs and scratches himself in places til he is bright red and gets scabs. He has gotten worse since we adopted him almost one year ago. He is 9 years old now. He scratches most of the day; however,and when we go to bed, until he falls asleep on his bed. If we let him sleep on our bed…he doesn’t scratch at all. He has anxiety and separation issues…he needs to know where I am every second, and if he loses sight of me, he runs around the house and upstairs to find me. We have tried fish oil, the 3 oil combo of flax oil, some benedryl, sprays, itch shampoos with no luck. It just gets worse. Vet wants to do more blood work and tests for more allergies, but we have spent so much money on him trying to get to the bottom of this already.. He has been on special diet, and we just changed to grain free dry food, duck and potato, a day ago. We have tried OTC stress tabs (herbal) too. Has anyone else out there had this type of problem with their dog.

    • Penny
      August 6, 2013 | 2:52 pm

      My dogs did the same thing. Tried everything (shots, Benadryl, shampoos, sprays) for years, no relief. Switched to no grain diet and they cleared eight up.

      • larry
        January 25, 2014 | 7:03 pm

        HAVE A st Bernard/akita cross, when was about 2 1/2she broke out is rash all over and just scratched and chewed till it was getting raw every place she could reach. We checked what we thought was thoroughly for fleas ticks ect but could find nothing. took her to vet and after a 20 min search he found 1 flea. turns out she is allergic to an enzyme in flea bites. A good flea dip and good drops every 3mths and no mote problems in 9yrs since.
        Larry

    • H Jones
      November 6, 2013 | 3:21 pm

      Yes, we had a similar issue. We removedrice from our babies diet and within about 6 weeks the problem was gone. That was 6 years ago and still going strong. Good luck, I hope your baby gets better.

    • Kristi
      November 29, 2013 | 1:32 pm

      We have a friend who has 2 wiener dogs, one with long hair that scratches ALL the time. He has scabs and sores all over his back by his tail. The skin is red, warm and moist. It smells bad. they have tried everything. I found Skin-eze online and read the reviews. I is about $30.00 for a big bottle and arrives very quickly. This stuff worked great for my Yorkie that started itching with stinky moist red skin. I then turned my friends onto it and they are having great success. They are on a very tight budget but found this to be a life saver for their pet. They were to the point of crying and thinking of putting him down cause he was so miserable. Go to the website and read the reviews and see if this will help your pet. Good luck, and god bless.

      • Kristi
        November 29, 2013 | 1:35 pm

        Oh one more thing, that Skin-eze will take about 3 weeks to really see the results, but should be quite a difference on scratching and skin condition.

    • Becky
      November 30, 2013 | 11:34 am

      Thunder Shirts are effective for separation anxiety and since he settles down at night on your bed it sounds like the scratching and biting is not allergy related but anxiety related.

    • Becky
      November 30, 2013 | 11:37 am

      To pwherman: Thunder Shirts are effective for separation anxiety and since he settles down at night on your bed it sounds like the scratching and biting is not allergy related but anxiety related.

      • Betty
        December 1, 2013 | 3:15 am

        Thundershirt did not work on my greyhound who had separation anxiety and scared of thunder. Getting another greyhound worked! They do great when left alone!

    • judi
      December 4, 2013 | 10:18 am

      I also had severe itching and paw biting with my 2 year old bull terrier mix. His poor paws were always red and he had scratched away the hair on his chest. I tried benedryl – didn’t work. I put him on a carb-free diet for over a month to determine if he had a yeast allergy – still scratching/biting. I then purchased a nutritional supplement over the internet called Din-o-vite. Now after giving it to him for a little over a month, he is no longer biting the paws and the general scratching has decreased a lot. I’m hoping that after a few months on this the scratching will completely go away. It is worth a try that this will work for any dog that has severe scratching.

  45. Dr. Amy Nesselrodt
    July 24, 2013 | 6:18 am

    Lists like this can be problematic–some of those drugs can cause serious problems especially if not used correctly or used in the wrong situation. Example: Immodium (Loperamide) can be neurotoxoic is some collies and other breeds with MDR1 mutation, using peroxide to induce vomiting is contraindicated in some cases as some things dogs ingest should NOT be vomited up, and peroxide may cause gastritis if over-used (using it 3x as suggested here is a bad idea, and ideally should not be used at all w/o first talking to a vet or a toxicology hotline with knowledge about dogs, peroxide not a good idea at all for cats and 10 mls is NOT a standard dose for every dog!!!!), mineral oil can cause aspiration pneumonia if it gets in the lungs and I would not recommend it to most pet owners to administer, and pepto bismol products sometimes contain xylitol which is deadly, aspirin is OK in a pinch but can cause serious problems with long term use…that’s just a few thoughts off the top of my head. Dr. Amy, veterinarian
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  46. Mimi
    July 23, 2013 | 7:56 pm

    My Golden is also afraid of thunder. I have a friend who makes Thunder Jackets for the dogs, and it really works, no more shakes ! She sells all dog sizes. My boy settles right down and will even fall asleep in a thunderstorm.

    • Peggy Bryan
      December 5, 2013 | 10:34 am

      I WOULD NEVER HAVE BELIEVED HOW WELL THE THUNDERSHIRT WORKS EXCEPT THAT i HAVE A SMALL MIX THAT IS TERRIFIED OF STORMS AND LOUD NOISES . IT HAS HELPED HER SO MUCH THAT i NO LONGER HAVE TO GIVE THE SMALL DOSE OF XANAX THAT I USED TO GIVE HER ! IT HELPS REMARKABLY ! I JUST PUT IT ON HER WHEN SHE STARTS TO SHAKE BEFORE THE THUNDER STARTS AND SHE GETS QUIET AND CALMS RIGHT DOWN. !

  47. Jan
    July 22, 2013 | 10:13 pm

    Is there anything I can give my golden to calm her down during storms? I sometimes think her heart will burst from her high anxiety-she just shakes.

    • Art
      November 30, 2013 | 10:58 pm

      Melatonin works wonders for my Black Lab. She gets 6mg no more than 3 times a day. It’s great for separation anxiety also.

    • Dorotha Thurner
      December 1, 2013 | 8:03 pm

      Try rubbing her down all over with dryer sheets….the fabric softener ones…any brand will do.. some dogs pick up the static charge from the lightening and it makes them feel like they are being shocked a million times…sort of like when u touch your tongue to a 9 volt battery…may not help her…but certainly won’t hurt her either

  48. Teri
    July 22, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Kaopectate has changed their formula in recent years. It is now fatal to cats. Before it did not have aspirin and now it does.

    • marion
      July 23, 2013 | 2:33 pm

      I was taken aback when I read your response that Kaopectate now contains aspirin. No concern for my kitties per-say…but for me! I am highly allergic to aspirin. I used to take Kaopectate years ago, but after reading this, I will never use it again. Thank you for the warning. You very well could have saved my life.
      Marion

  49. Lorraine Handley
    July 18, 2013 | 2:52 am

    we can no longer get Benadryl .it is no longer sold but I did get some Lorapaed it is LORATADINE 1mg/ml it is safe for adults adolescents and children and is sold instead of Benadryl …childern under 2yrs 2.5 ml 2-12 under 30kg 5ml….2-12 over 30kg 10ml adult and children over 12 yrs 10pml once daily

    what amounts would I give a 20kg puppy (4 months old Golden retriever)

    does anyone know this antihistamine and whether it is safe the chemist said it she thinks it would be but she also said she was trained in human meds not dogs.
    Lorraine

    I look forward to your answer

    • Candice
      July 18, 2013 | 6:49 pm

      Benadryl can be purchased at any store — even gast station . . . .short acting symptom relief

      Loratidine is a longer acting allergy medication that takes time to be effective I’ve not heard of giving it o pets.

      Hydroxizine and prednisone are commonly ordered by vets for pet allergies though.

    • Debbie Newman
      July 22, 2013 | 3:10 pm

      Lorraine, since you are in New Zealand that may be why it is no longer locally available. Check online sites, perhaps from the U.S., that ship to N.Z. for it; I get it from Walgreen’s under their brand name Waladryl. I know it can be purchased under the Costco generic for a wonderfully ridiculous low price… do you have a friend in the States who could buy it & send it to you? (P.S. I have a friend who lives in Tauranga!)

      Good luck!

  50. Karen
    July 17, 2013 | 10:46 am

    I give my Morkie a 1/4 of a valium when she’s REALLY stressed from thunder. It seems to help.

  51. Kay
    July 14, 2013 | 9:55 pm

    Also, aspirin is lethal to cats. The warning against it should be stronger.

  52. Kay
    July 14, 2013 | 9:53 pm

    Loperamide (Immodium) can be lethal to dogs with MDR1 affected status and recommending it to people is stupid and dangerous.

    • kim
      July 18, 2013 | 2:27 am

      Did not know about MRI-1 till my 3rd rescue Aussie and I spoke to the breeder where he originally came from. Such important info to read up on..

  53. Carrie
    July 14, 2013 | 8:42 pm

    Canned pumpkin is used for diarrhea,is it also used for constipation??

    • kimmy
      July 18, 2013 | 1:46 am

      yes. we took the cat to vet she had emergency C-section to delivery the one baby and it was constipated since birthing started n was blocked she (our vet)recommended the pumpkin can not the pie filling kind but the real stuff without all the sugary additives but natural pumpkin can ingredient.

    • Barbara
      July 28, 2013 | 1:36 pm

      Pumpkin is a staple in my house for my own dogs and rescues–fixes both mild diarrhea and constipation. However, in either case, if it continues or is severe, I do see my vet.

    • Diana Hartvig
      January 3, 2014 | 10:53 am

      Yes and it works well for both. It helps regulate digestion.

  54. Rosie
    July 14, 2013 | 12:12 am

    This list is VERY dangerous. Many of these products should never be used with out veterinary supervision and could do more harm than good.

  55. Elisa Miranda
    July 13, 2013 | 10:50 pm

    I have had 2 dogs that get SEVERE car sickness and Dramamine did not help at all. We actually use Meclizine and have better results with that. I ran out once and tried the Dramamine instead, not pretty. 20 minutes into the trip I was on the side of the road with 2 dogs vomiting and pooping everywhere while I was trying to clean out the car. Never again! Every pet is different and you should always check with your vet first. I have found Meclizine in a chewable form as well as a melting strip.

  56. Amber, RVT
    July 13, 2013 | 8:11 am

    Before using anything OTC on your pet, please contact your trusted vet’s office! Among the other listed concerns in this thread, I see so many people give aspirin when they shouldn’t. If your animal is experiencing pain, make a dr’s appointment! Giving over the counter NSAIDs can limit what we can use on your dog in their time of need. NEVER USE TYLENOL OR ANY OTHER OTC NSAID! If instructed to use aspirin for your dog, typically we tell you to use the buffered baby aspirin. Always consult the professionals first!

  57. Dani
    July 12, 2013 | 9:27 pm

    Kaopectate is toxic to cats and hydrogen peroxide does not make them vomit. Benadryl is also not that effective in cats either. Please call a vet instead of using this chart. Pets can die with misinformation like this on the Internet.

    • Diane
      July 12, 2013 | 10:02 pm

      Actually Hydrogen Peroxide does make them vomit. Been there, done that.

      • Sharon
        July 16, 2013 | 12:59 pm

        And our Vet prescribed Benadryl for a cat that had been stung by a bee in our home.

      • Yvonne
        July 24, 2013 | 11:23 pm

        Yes, one of my dogs got into a goodly amount of rat poison when I was out of town on a weekend evening. Two different emergency veterinarians told me to get a turkey baster fill it with hydrogen peroxide and put it down the throat to induce vomiting. It was a challenge with an 80 pound dog, but it worked. They wanted me to do that immediately, then bring him in immediately. Then, when I got home, my personal vet told me it was the correct treatment plan. Also, if you are out of town and an emergency happens to your dog when you’re out of town, you can still call your own vet and they can look up an emergency vet for the area you’re in. Thank goodness for me this worked.

    • Heather
      July 17, 2013 | 2:13 pm

      Kaopectate is very safe for cats and kittens. I work at a shelter and our Vet prescribes it for diarrhea often. It is safe and effective.

      • Mary DVM
        December 2, 2013 | 9:25 am

        Kaopectate has changed from its original formula. It now contains bismuth subsalicylate, the same as Pepto Bismol, and should NOT be given to cats. Please let your shelter vet know this!!

  58. Marilyn A. Dunbar
    July 12, 2013 | 8:12 pm

    I am looking for a good substitute for prednisolone for my border collie/English setter. She will be on it for the rest of her life due to some odd auto-immune disease. It keeps making her have urinary tract infections, panting, thirsty, and weight gain Any suggestions?

    • Tina
      July 12, 2013 | 9:25 pm

      The dose may be too high. What condition is it?

  59. Sue
    July 12, 2013 | 7:14 pm

    The emergency vet that I took my Aussie to on June 3oth, told me to give her 1 regular strength Tylenol for pain. Now I see it is on the do not give at all list!

    • Diana Hartvig
      January 3, 2014 | 10:51 am

      I wouldn’t even keep tylenol in our house. Very hard on the liver. Can cause liver problems in humans as well.

  60. Loraine
    July 12, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Good luck finding Ascriptin (aspirin coated with malox). While best and least detrimental canine anti-inflammatory, has been nearly unavailable for several years.

    • Judie Cook
      July 16, 2013 | 8:01 pm

      try Amazon…Walmart..Safeway…as a start.

    • kim
      September 20, 2013 | 6:35 pm

      You can use Ecotrin as well as long as it is coated 81 mg tablets

    • Cece
      December 1, 2013 | 8:52 am

      I had no trouble finding it. I
      got it at Riteaid store

  61. Linda
    July 12, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    Darn. I thought I was going to find out if I should give my dog a regular dose aspirin or baby aspirine. This isn’t much help.

    • Kathy McCracken
      July 15, 2013 | 1:39 pm

      It is on the chart…buffered aspirin. It is safe to give a dog a baby aspirin or the 81 mg. dose that people with heart issues take. But make sure your dog has food in it’s stomach.

  62. Dot Newkirk
    July 12, 2013 | 12:47 pm

    This chart is WRONG!!!!!! Imodium is NOT SAFE for all dogs. Collies, Aussies, Border Collies and other herding breed dogs can have fatal reactions to Imodium.
    Affected Breeds—http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/breeds.aspx
    Dangerous Drugs—http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/drugs.aspx

  63. Stevie Mathre
    July 12, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    Please don’t give Imodium to collies… It’s included in the MDR-1 gene mutation along with ivermectin. Kaopektate is fine.

  64. Gina Bolger
    July 12, 2013 | 12:31 pm

    I am a CVT also, while I agree with some of the medications, You must always call for Vet’s office, just because your dog is coughing,(for example ) don’t just give cough medicine it could be so many more things wrong that you are just masking, ie: heart problems, lung problems, valley fever etc. I know a lot of people have $$ concerns but if you have a good relationship with your Tech’s & Vet they will always answer questions…Please be cautious …

  65. Erin Moe
    July 12, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    I swear by Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) for my dog. My dog can’t be in a car for more than 5 minutes without throwing up (even if he hasn’t eaten in quite some time). I don’t know how accurate the dosage is (my vet and others have instructed 2 to 3 mg per pound). Make sure you give it to your pet at least 30 minutes to an hour before going for a drive. I also highly recommend breaking the pill up as much as possible so it absorbs into their stomach easier. I give my dog 50 mg due to his severe car sickness, even though he is just under 20 lbs. It lasts very well for long car rides (we’ve done 6 hours no problem), and he can actually enjoy the ride instead of being miserable.

    One thing I see that isn’t on this list is Omeprazole (Prilosec). I had a dog that could not even keep down water without vomiting. Everyone said he ate or drank too fast/too much/etc. We tried different foods to see if he was allergic, but he couldn’t keep down water so that wasn’t the problem. After xrays and stomach scoping and testing, we discovered that his stomach acids were too high and he had acid reflux (of all things). The vet said to monitor his food and water intake. We gave our dog omeprazole before every meal, gave him a couple minutes for the pills to settle, and let him eat. He never threw up again. Well…not from that anyway. I forget the dosage but for a 100 lb rottweiler, we got the biggest quantities we could.

  66. KIm Reisetter
    July 12, 2013 | 11:14 am

    Benadryl can also be used for snake bites. My parents live in the country and we each have had a dog bitten. My vet prescribed Benadryl both times for the dogs and they both did well with the treatment. I’m not sure what the dosage would be over the counter as I got my prescription from the vet. We now keep it on hand out at their place now for emergencies until we can get a call into the vet if it’s after hours. Both times the dogs were bitten by copperheads!!!!

    • Gina Bolger
      July 12, 2013 | 12:27 pm

      You are lucky the dogs did ok. Its the poison and dirty mouth you also need to worry about it will kill the skin & poison the kidneys. Always call your vet when that happens.

      • Martha
        July 22, 2013 | 12:02 am

        It depends on the snake as to how it will affect the dog as well as where the bite is, if it’s a dry bite, etc. My son is a herpetologist and has Facebook page, Orry Martin: Texas Snake Hunter and a youtube channel, gatorhunter92. Both of these have videos of venomous snakes as well as non-venomous snakes for identification and the Facebook page has professional pictures he takes of snakes. You can also message him of Facebook any questions you might have about the venomous snakes in your area and how the different venom will affect the victim.

    • Ann Staub
      July 22, 2013 | 3:17 pm

      Your vet’s benadryl is probably no different than benadryl you buy over the counter.

      • gaby lacroix
        October 21, 2013 | 6:57 pm

        sorry but yes it is, the doses in are made for them you don’t have to dilute the dose like 1/2 tsp for every 5Kg its 1/2 for pet from2-4 mounts and so and so thanks.

      • Verjean
        December 3, 2013 | 6:07 pm

        But your vet probably has injectable Benedryl, which in an emergency, would be the protocol of choice, and would have almost immediate effect.

    • lynn
      October 31, 2013 | 1:17 pm

      my wiener dogs get 1 pill

  67. Gerry DVM
    July 12, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Please do not give oral mineral oil to cats. It will not elicit a swallow reflex if given orally and can wind up in the lungs causing a lipid pneumonia. There are many over the counter petrolatum based products that should be used instead.

    • LeeShee
      July 12, 2013 | 11:36 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing this information. We’ve always used petroleum-based products as well.

      • Sandra Gindt
        July 27, 2013 | 8:29 am

        My dogs got into rat poison and ate quite a bit of it. My vet told me to take a tablespoon of salt and put it down their throats. It works wonderfully. They threw up within seconds and eliminated all the poison within minutes. Make sure they are outside and not on your carpet because the reaction is immediate. There were no side effects to worry about and the dogs were fine within 30 minutes.

  68. Holly
    July 12, 2013 | 10:08 am

    Immodium is a drug Collies and other MDR1 dogs will react to. There should be a warning!!

    • kim
      September 5, 2013 | 3:22 pm

      My Vet has told me never to give Immodium to my dogs. It can be fatal. As for pepto, vet said to use with caution and only under her guidance and instruction. But I must say most of these I have heard you can give your pets safely but always keep in mind every dog and cat is different and may react different to any medication. Always check with your vet as soon as you are able to.

  69. Tabatha M
    July 12, 2013 | 8:56 am

    I agree with above posts in regards to the facts regarding Immod. and Pepto. these products Really should Never be used to Cure a Canine’s issue it can cause more damage and kill an animal.

    • Rebecca
      July 25, 2013 | 1:37 am

      I agree with Amanda .Don’t ever use Pepto Bismol or Imodium AD they can cause liver and kidney failure only use Kaopectate that is what my Vet told me.

      • Catherine
        December 1, 2013 | 11:30 am

        We fostered several puppies who had yet to be vaccinated. We got them up to date but they still contracted parvo. In addition to keeping them hydrated, etc. our vet advised us to use Pepto to control vomiting and diarrhea. It worked! We still use it periodically when one of our pups has tummy trouble – but only for a very short period.

        Again, it is always best to ask your vet prior to administering medications!

  70. amanda b
    July 11, 2013 | 11:16 pm

    you really should warm people immodium in dogs with the MDR1 mutation at this dose could kill these dogs..It is not just ivomectin but many and immodium has killed many a MDR1 dog.. These include collies, aussies, border collies, shelties, German shepherds old English sheep dogs long hair whippits too among many other breeds or mixed of these breeds.. Because of this it is very very poor judgement to recommend this drug and provide dosage without a big warning.. Not to mention immodium is a very powerful drug that effects guy motility.. Simple fast, bland diet or perhaps some simple kanolin does not work then you should be seeking vet care..

    • Kay
      July 14, 2013 | 9:54 pm

      I am in complete agreement with this post.

      • Jen
        November 30, 2013 | 6:07 pm

        I posted the same thing below, guess I skimmed over this too fast…

  71. Amy
    July 11, 2013 | 8:46 pm

    We need to find a substitute for 75mg of propalin for dogs leaky bladder. Prouin is not effective. Any suggestions?

    • Cathy
      July 12, 2013 | 12:01 pm

      We found Nutri-Vet Bladder Control for Dogs to be very effective with our collie. You have to give the prescribed amount twice/day for a few days or so (like any supplement)but it really worked for her. We ordered it from Foster-Smith but they probably sell it everywhere. Good luck-

      • A Worrall
        December 12, 2013 | 6:24 am

        Eostrogen is useful in loss of bladder control in spayed bitches. It tightens up the sphincter at the neck of the bladder. Loss of this control is frequently present in spayed animals ( and post menopausal humans!) At one time stilbeostol was used. It was discontinued in humans (with a knock on effect for animals) when it was discovered that vaginal cancer seemed to happen in the daughters of women treated with stilbeostrol. I cannot see why it is no longer used for spayed animals as there is no chance of a ‘daughter generation’.

    • Bear
      July 17, 2013 | 2:34 pm

      Is dog male or female? Age? Breed? Spayed or neutered? Young females can have a leaky bladder due to immature bladder. It is generally cured with their first heat cycle.

      • Colleen
        November 14, 2013 | 10:20 pm

        Bladder Strength supplement from Drs. Foster & Smith.com works really well. Spayed females Ages 12-14 1/2. Border collie and husky mix. I told my vet about it for his patients that can’t take Proin. He said the people that have tried it love it. He thanked me for the tip. Good luck!

        Colleen

        • kim
          December 2, 2013 | 9:34 am

          Clinic I work at prescribes Incurin for leaky bladers. Hope it helps.

  72. aiveen
    July 11, 2013 | 6:25 pm

    A vet here in Spain presribed mineral oil for my dogs constipation!

    • Janine
      August 2, 2013 | 5:35 pm

      In case of diarrhea or constipation (works both ways) you can feed plain pumpkin (plain, nothing else added).

      • Art
        November 30, 2013 | 10:41 pm

        Most importantly…make sure, if you buy the canned pumpkin that it is NOT the pie filling, but pure pumpkin.

      • Shelley Palmer
        December 3, 2013 | 3:03 am

        I have used pumpkin for diarrhea, but not heard for constipation too. I use fresh pumpkin myself ( I cut, clean, roast, cool, then pack in single use freezer bags, sealed in a bigger freezer bag). I agree with Art, make sure if canned is used make sure it is ONLY PUMPKIN, not the pie mix. Can prove deadly.

      • Verjean
        December 3, 2013 | 6:05 pm

        Bananas seem to have the same effect as well. Soften stool in constipation, and solidify it when they have diarrhea. Strange…but it does work, as does pumpkin. Yogurt is another great additive for gut health.

      • Diana Hartvig
        January 3, 2014 | 10:49 am

        Plain pumpkin is great! I cook up and freeze a bunch of it every fall.

    • gaby lacroix
      October 21, 2013 | 6:53 pm

      ya its the best of all, that’s what I give to my patient to, and everything worked very well.

  73. Beth
    July 11, 2013 | 6:09 pm

    Be very cautious when administering mineral oil. It can be aspirated into the lungs and can lead to pneumonia or worse complications.

    • Karen
      November 30, 2013 | 7:50 pm

      I Don’t Beleive The Dose on Benadryl is right. I have poms and we are only to give 1 Ml no more then that at a time. Also Mineral Oil vet said no on that. Use Pumpkin or 1Ml a Day of Benifiber (sp)or Medamucil (sp)

      • ashley
        November 30, 2013 | 10:31 pm

        0.5 to 1 mg is the correct dosage, and 1mg per pound is used commonly because of its safety— 7 years veterinary technician experience

      • Art
        November 30, 2013 | 10:38 pm

        I have 2 black labs..one weighed 70 lbs and was told by my vet to give her 100mg twice a day so the dosage on the Benadryl is correct.

        • Mylisa
          December 1, 2013 | 5:37 am

          Yeah, I was also told 30mg per 30 lbs of dog. So I’d give 3-4 25mg pills to my 95 lb dog.

      • nikki
        December 1, 2013 | 1:08 pm

        Milliliters and milligrams are not the same thing. If you’re measuring in mls, you’re using the pediatric liquid form which is generally 12.5 mg/ml.

        • Diana Hartvig
          January 3, 2014 | 10:47 am

          1000 grams equals 1 litter. This is for water but very close for other liquids. So 1gram equals 1 ml. I have no idea where you came up with your numbers but they are WRONG

      • Keri
        December 2, 2013 | 5:29 pm

        I have a 16 lb white pomeranian who has terrible skin allergies. I give him more Benadryl that I would take for myself. My vet said dogs are very tolerant to Benadryl. I started out 1 pill 2x a day and after 3 months of continuing usage had to increase it to 2 pills 2X a day for him to feel any relief. He has been taking Benadryl for 4 years at these dosages and is a happy (itch-free) 13 year old dog.

        • Verjean
          December 3, 2013 | 6:00 pm

          That is correct. Benadryl is a safe drug even in higher doses. Mega doses can be indicated if the dog is stung, or having an extreme swelling reaction to something. Benedryl at double dose, or even more, can be helpful while transporting to the vet. Especially if the dog is in discomfort. If the dog is having trouble breathing, you’ll have to be careful about administering benedryl syrup, however. But syrup is the fastest mode for delivering the drug into the system. Pill or caps take longer to break down and metabolize. It is a great support drug for allergies and itching, and is probably the most commonly used OTC drug for that purpose in dogs.

        • Diana Hartvig
          January 3, 2014 | 10:48 am

          My vet says the same thing Keri. The dosage for my shepherds is high. I have used it for bee stings and spider bites on my dogs

  74. Erin Olson
    July 11, 2013 | 5:38 pm

    While all of these dosages are accurate….the CAUSE of what the problem is may need a Vet. I am a CVT, and we lost one dog because he had “coughing” issues. What it actually WAS, was GDV. He went untreated to a point where his entire stomach was necrotic when we finally DID so surgery, and he had to be put down on the table. His owners were doing the best they could, and tried what they THOUGHT would fix it, but an appointment and a radiograph would have showed us the problem right away.

    • lmktacwa
      July 27, 2013 | 8:26 pm

      While your advise is good, and obvious to most… not everyone has 24/7 access to a vet. Sometimes, you need to get through to get by until you can get to the vet. Just sayin’.

      • Cyndi
        November 29, 2013 | 5:07 pm

        I think what Erin was saying was the owners treated the dog too long before they took it to the vets. I night or two wouldn’t have caused that kind of damage. Just saying…

        • Ash
          November 29, 2013 | 8:54 pm

          Another LVT here. Actually that kind of damage can happen in hours. Gastric torsion cuts off the circulation to the stomach and the tissues begin to die immediately. This list is useful, but it is always best to check with your vet first!

          • Beth
            December 1, 2013 | 9:33 am

            If it was more affordable to go to a vet more people would take their pets in right away. But when it cost over $75 just to walk in the door, that makes it practically impossible for most people to take their pets to the vet on a whim. I love my pups tremendously and I always take them for their yearly visits for preventitive care, but sick visits are hard to pay for.

          • Caryn
            December 2, 2013 | 1:01 pm

            My dog is worth $75+ to see a vet. Not sure about you guys…but these people save lives. It’s infuriating to hear “I don’t want to pay for it” when it comes to health care. I have OHIP (provincial health care coverage) and pay very little for me. My dog doesn’t have that luxury. If everyone saw the actual cost of running a clinic full of vets, no one would complain. If you can’t afford to care for a pet when they fall ill (which we all do), it’s likely not a good idea to have one. Fostering is a great option that covers both sides.

          • Deb Graham
            December 3, 2013 | 12:40 am

            Yes, I know that a few hours can cause that amount of damage. It happens not only in dogs, but in horses. A horse can be dead in 24 hours. It has happened to me. Only presenting symptom. Wouldn’t eat his dinner. (Which was a huge flag for us) Vet came out. Did what they could. By morning, he died. He would have never made it on to the operating table.

          • Verjean
            December 3, 2013 | 5:55 pm

            Torsion or bloat, it’s a medical EMERGENCY. There are other signs beside coughing…but many good owners are not aware of many of the conditions and the accompanying signs/symptoms. So in a GDV, a matter a few hours, not days…could be the difference between life and death. And walking into an emergency clinic is not just about the fee for walking in the door. Our emergency clinic here that I use, is $98 to walk in the door. Then there’s the tests, and if treatable…there’s the treatment. Even in relatively minor emergencies for which I have used the clinic, my bill has never been under $600. And for a GDV, assuming a surgery with no complications, would run between $1500 and $2000.
            I think that having a list of medications that can safely be used is a helpful, helpful tool. But it never replaces accessing veterinary advice and care. It’s also helpful to have a regular vet that will allow you to call him in an emergency, to determine whether the symptoms warrant a trip to emergency, or whether one can wait until Monday. But the exam charge at my vet is $65, plus care. So it’s still not a cheap fix. Any pet runs the risk of emergencies in their lifetime, so it’s best to have a plan in place for those times.

          • Nancy
            March 26, 2014 | 4:36 am

            Caryn, I have to respond to your comment that people shouldn’t have pets if they don’t have money for vet bills. Do you have any idea how many animals die everyday by a needle because there are not enough loving homes for them? I work to try to get animals out of those high kill shelters and into a home where they can know love. What those animals need is Love, not money. People who don’t have as much money as you do the best they can for their pets, and yes they try home remedies first and save the expensive vet trips as a last resort. (I try home remedies for myself as well and rarely need to go to a doctor.) Personally, I think those animals are much better off in a loving home without much money than alone and hungry on the streets or in a plastic garbage bag in a dumpster behind the shelter. I’m hoping that you did not mean to be insensitive, but it might be good to re-think your position and be a little less judgmental of others. And while I’m on my soapbox, people please don’t use your money to buy dogs from breeders or pet shops. Save a life, get a wonderful dog from the shelter. Animals are thinking, feeling, loving beings, not status symbols. Make the world a better place.

      • Lori
        December 6, 2013 | 8:36 am

        Think goodness I have a mobile vet,he comes to you!look around for a good vet.I had a vet that just was in it for the money and I didn’t like him or his staff much.look in your yellow pages,I did .it’s actually cheaper because he doesn’t have a office to pay for and he teams up with one who does if needed.it’s great for my pets,less stress and all that .look around if you have to.

        • Sarah
          December 11, 2013 | 10:39 am

          I would like to respond to one of the above comments. Its not about people not wanting to pay for the vet trip its sometimes about the fact that we cant. Its not like people who are unfortunate to not have a bank account with extra money in it dont love our pets too.but some people work 6 to 7 days a week to provide a home,vehical,utilities, clothig, food, and some wants to there human family. I will be honest before I had my son my dogs were my number one priority. And I paid for frequent vet trips for check ups, specail flea and tick medication and more. But now my priorities have changed. Im busy trying to make my life decent for my son so excuse me if I can not afford to take my dog to the vet for coughing. Im sure the people who animal past felt awful and did what they thought was best by teying to treat at home. Because sometimes you put more stress on your animal by dragging them to the vet instead of lettig them stay in there home enviroment. So before you go saying that people who are less fortunate than you are that they should not have pets maybe you need to just be thankful that you have the extra money to do vet trips for your animal. Because among people not having money for vets some people dot have medical themselves. And another thing I would like to point out to you is that dogs are descendants of wolves which are wild. Obviously they are ment to survive in the wild where vets dont exists.

          • Trish
            December 12, 2013 | 11:39 am

            Would you withhold medical treatment from your child also? Your animals should hold just as much priority in your home as your children or yourself. If you cant afford a pet then don’t get one. Simple as that. Emergencies come up and you have you deal with them, just as you would a human family member.

          • belinda baronelli
            December 20, 2013 | 8:56 am

            Totally agree…

          • Kim G
            December 22, 2013 | 11:15 pm

            I agree Sarah. I’m sorry, I had to reply to your comment because I cannot comnent on the ones that have replied to you. I got infuriated when I read “Would you withhold medical treatment for your child as well?”. Now listen, I ADORE my animals. Right now, I have 2 cats, 4 kittens that will be going to their new homes in 2 weeks, and 3 dogs. I also have 2 kids. My animals, as much as I love them, have and will never come before my children. If they are extreme my I’ll, and my kids just have a sniffle, of course I’d choose to take my animal to the Vet but come on. Animals are just that, animals. Our children should ALWAYS take priority over them. If you think otherwise, you must not have children. I take EXCELLENT care of all of my anals, if they get sick, I do what I have to, to make them well, but if I HAD to make a choice, my children will always come first. Thank you. Kim G.

          • BARBARA RHOTON
            December 23, 2013 | 3:30 pm

            u said it very well. I agree.

          • JM Wood
            December 30, 2013 | 12:29 am

            For those of YOU who say if US pet owners can’t afford to take OUR pets to the VET, WE should not be allowed to have pets!!?? You should be thankful there are people like US who even considered to take in animals and giving them a warm and loving home where they’re fed like kings and queens and are not abused. I have and refuse to take my pets to see a VET unless it is for their yearly vaccinations after a HUGE wake up call. 2 years ago when my 8yr old Blue Heeler developed crusty ears along with a raunchy taco smell, itching like crazy and started loosing his hair looking like a hyena after 3 wks, I took him in to see a VET and was charged over a $1000 for all of the above plus meds. Mr VET said it was allergies and gave him a $45 steroid cream for his skin and $20 antibiotics then told me to bathe him with Oatmeal Shampoo and sent us on our way with a revisit in 2 weeks. SCAM!!! VETS are a SCAM when it came to helping us and only do it people who do not do their research to keep YOU going back to spend more money. I could not believe what had just happened so when I got home I got online and researched what was wrong with my dog and couldn’t believe I was such an IDIOT for not researching this first. It turned out to be Candidia (and found this out before we got the skin biop results back and prob would have been told different just to get us back in the office to spend more $$). And can you guess what all it would have taken to cure this? (Needless to say I never gave my boy the meds the VET gave him) What cured my boy was Grain Free food dry or/and can, Plain Yogurt, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Benadryl. All for the LOW LOW PRICE of less than $50 a month. YES People, $50!! A grain free diet is what was needed for my dog and a VET, an animal professional told me to use Oatmeal Shampoo on my dog. Oatmeal is a grain you Professional Idiot!! So for those who can afford to take their pets to the VET weekly, by all means go spend your money. For those who can’t afford to, do some research first. Research all VETS in your area too as I now no longer see that Professional Idiot anymore. Research symptoms on Google or Bing word for word. No word search is too stupid as something will always come back for you to read. If then you find out that there is no home cure, take your pet to see a vet, but make sure you go in that office with knowledge of what could be wrong with your pet and take a written list of your questions to ask before you go. Not everyone has to be rich to own a pet!!

          • Darlene
            April 1, 2014 | 7:16 pm

            I have an eleven year old corgi…I am just trying to get some ideas on how to prolong his life and make him comfortable with his arthritis..I have paid the vet bill…I can’t really afford anymore but I don’t feel like he needs to be put down yet. I really don’t feel as though the comments that we should not own a pet because we cant afford thousands of dollars for xrays is accurate. My children have walked Oreo faithfully and bathed him and he has been a great part of our family. He has had his wellness checkups. Oreo could not have had a better home than with us!!

    • Deborah Hodgson
      November 30, 2013 | 10:57 pm

      Gastric Dialation (Bloat) and at worst Torsion as you know presents itself differently from basic canine vomiting. With GDV there is presence of ropey white vomit, roaching of the back and general discomfort that isn’t reconciled by a “good throw up”. I’m not a vet but I have lived with Sighthounds for the last 30 years and while I’m lucky that I’ve never had a dog bloat or twist on me I am always watching for it. As you also know, time is so important in a bloat/torsion case. I wish that I lived closer to my 24/7 emergency clinic; it is an hour away during the day but I have trimmed that trip down to 30 minutes at 3 am one night! I have a chart taped to the inside of one of my kitchen cabinet doors that plots out the stages/symptons of bloat/torsion. The Afghan Hound Club of America had a link sometime ago if anyone wants to do a search.

      • Chris Mascord
        December 2, 2013 | 9:34 pm

        I have Great Danes and have experienced Gastric Dilation over the years. One must always be aware of it. Breeders and vets should thoroughly explain to owners of breeds predisposed to that condition how to recognise the symptoms and what action to take. Time is essential.
        Coughing episodes are totally different to unproductive retching. I would even recommend to get your vet to order you a bloating kit for tubing and show you how to use it. It can be used when the dog is only bloating without torsion and will possibly prevent torsion if the gas can be expelled quickly. It is a good first aid measure if you live some distance from a vet or it takes some time to organise a vet. I was always apprehensive about tubing a dog myself, but it was actually easy when it became necessary to do it and it relived the dog of much discomfort and pain.

      • Deb Graham
        December 3, 2013 | 12:45 am

        This has nothing to do with ‘my pet is worth $75 dollars. It’s more, like, a vet won’t help unless you have cash up front. Not ALWAYS do we have money on us. For some of us that do, they are lucky. And please .. don’t bash me for not always having money. I still deserve to have a pet and do anything I can to help it .. to assume is wrong, that you’d think someone doesn’t think their pet is worth 75 bucks!

      • Shelley Palmer
        December 3, 2013 | 3:17 am

        I have large dogs myself and had one real experience with Gastric Dialation (Bloat) and Torsion. This was my 160 lb 8 year old Dane. I’m a nurse, got home late, almost 10 pm, and when I came home, I knew something wasn’t right. No emesis (no vomiting), he did not present with typical signs. I knew his heart was beating too fast (220 a minute), and he would not leave my side. He should have needed to potty, but refused. He refused any food or drink also. My husband encouraged our visit to the emergency vet (we were newlyweds). Gave did so well in the car I thought I had imagined the whole thing. At the vet, they looked at me as if I were nuts (what does my mental status have to do with it? I was approaching nuts bc I knew my dog was dying).
        They told me there was no way there was bloat…I insisted on an x-ray. The vet and I looked at the films together and told me my boy was one of the lucky ones…no symptoms she identified as indicative of the diagnosis. We did emergency surgery, I believe it was about $3500. I’m probably still paying for it, lol. But my boy lived to be 10.5 yrs old.

        My latest Dane will be 3 in Feb. When we did his neuter as a pup, my vet knew my concerns especially with Gabe’s experience. He suggested that they do a stomach tack while doing the neuter. I wish all vets did this on all barrel chested dogs!!!!! It has been a blessing to know I don’t have the same worries.

        BTW don’t get hung up on what dog life span’s are predicted to be. I’ve always been told 6-8 years old for Danes. My first, Gabe, was 10.5 years old, my second Dane had turned 15 a few weeks before his end. It is all in how you treat them, inside animals on decent food, and regular meds (heartworm esp here in the South) makes all the difference.

    • Brenda Keaton
      December 6, 2013 | 4:45 pm

      Erin Olson, your advice is very good & helpful, but in reality as much as we love out pet’s as family member’s, unfortunately most people just don’t have enough money to have certain thing’s done for them. I mean we can’t even afford to go to the Dr. ourself unless we abosoutly have to. Drs. visit’s including Vets. are just so expensive I think people just do what they can & take the risk.

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