Thursday, November 3, 2016

OTC medications for dogs

The following is a list of human medications commonly found in the household. These same products can be used with pets and are especially useful if you can't reach a veterinarian immediately. Listed below are some dosages and common usages.

Product Canine Dosage

Buffered Aspirin-5 mg per pound every 12 hrs. pain relief, anti-inflammatory
Vitamin B - 1/2 to 2 ml subcutaneously every 24 hrs. used as an appetite stimulant
Benadryl - up to 2 mg per pound every 8 hrs. Treat allergies, itching etc.
Dramamine - up to 50 mg every 8 hrs. Up to 10 mg every 8 hrs. Used to reduce motion (car) sickness
Hydrogen Peroxide - 3% 10 ml by mouth every 15 mins. Used to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion of a poison
Epinephrine 1:1000 - 1/10 to 1/2 ml intramuscular or subcutaneously used to treat reactions following insect stings, bites or medications
Pepto Bismol - 1 tsp per 5 pounds every 6 hrs. Used to relieve vomiting or stomach gas, diarrhea
Di Gel Liquid - up to 4 tbs every 8 hrs. Antacid & anti-gas
Mineral Oil - up to 4 tbs daily used to eliminate constipation
Kaopectate -1 ml per pound every 2 hrs. For diarrhea
Tylenol (Acetaminophen) - not recommended


The following are common antibiotics prescribed by veterinarians. Listed is the usual dosage and indications. Please follow the advice of your veterinarian when using antibiotics.


Product Canine Dosage


Amoxicillin - 5 mg per pound every 12 hrs used to fight bacterial infections
Ampicillin - 10 mg per pound every 6 hrs.used to fight bacterial infections
Tetracycline - 10 mg per pound every 8 hrs.used to fight bacterial infections
Pen BP-48 (each ml - 150,000 units Penicillin G. Benzathine and 150,000 units Penicillin G. Procaine) 1 cc per 20 pounds every 48 hrs. Subcutaneously used to fight bacterial infections
Procaine Penicillin - 300,000 units per ml 1 ml per 30 pounds subcutaneously used to fight bacterial infections
Erythromycin - tablets 5 mg per pound every 3 hrs.used to fight bacterial infections