Tylenol is a well known Acetaminophen brand so we’ll cover it here. Misuse of OTC medications for treating dogs is widespread but these pills may take the crown. Knowing this product’s dangers is particularly important due to its popularity.
Pet parents give deadly human-formulated medicines, including Tylenol, to their dogs everyday and the effects are often tragic. If we can prevent even just one death, then our job is ‘mission completed’.
The internet is cluttered with conflicting opinions and information. This wouldn’t be so bad if we weren’t talking life and death. Let’s set the record straight about the negative effects of giving a dog Tylenol. The answer is clear.
Can I Give My Dog Tylenol? Answer: No!
It helps with many common conditions, especially pain, but it’s not safe for Fido.
Dogs sure do experience pain, allergies and fevers just like people. They also catch colds, the flu and even cough but that doesn’t mean Tylenol is their solution. We cannot stress enough, Tylenol can be a very deadly drug for canines.
Pain Killers, Dog Killers
There are so many branded pain killers that people routinely take. Their common everyday usage has become a real risk to dogs. Be well informed about which pain medications are dangerous for dogs. This way you can keep certain pills out of reach. Dog owners should familiarize themselves with the term acetaminophen. This is the main active ingredient in Tylenol as well as many other brands on the market.
Tylenol & Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen, which is actually not an NSAID, is poison to dogs. Typical symptoms of pain killer poisoning include difficulty breathing, vomiting (can be a good thing), change in coloration of the gums, jaundice (a sign of liver damage) and a change in body temperature among others.
One Tylenol tablet can contain over 300 milligrams of acetaminophen which can harm a human liver, as the FDA recently has warned, never-mind the liver of a dog. Such liver damage is irreversible unlike many of the symptoms listed above.
Just because it can be easily purchased doesn’t make it benign or lacking in strength. The toxicity of these drugs cannot be overstated when introduced into a dogs’ system. Motrin, Excedrin, Panadol and Midol are all very harmful for dogs no matter what their weight, large or small.
Terrible Tylenol Poisoning
If you gave your dog Tylenol today or they accidentally ingested some you need to act fast. Depending on the dose, a visit to the vet is in order. Closely monitor your dog for symptoms if they took Tylenol. Be prepared for blood work or a urinalysis at the vet. Intravenous treatment and vitamin C is often used to recover from acetaminophen poisoning.
While you’re at the veterinarian’s office, ask about getting a better and safer prescription to treat whatever’s ailing your beloved dog. They’re very knowledgeable about the latest and greatest drugs which can safely treat all kinds of conditions.
Giving NSAIDs to Dogs
Not long ago there were few good and safe options for dog owners wanting to self treat their four-legged friends. Dogs would just deal with pain, which is actually better than being harmed by poisonous Tylenol. Today we have improved non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs AKA NSAIDs. These drugs have improved the qualify of life and longevity of dogs when used appropriately.
This isn’t to say NSAIDs don’t come with side effects and other complications because they can and do. For example, aspirin can be really harmful to dogs unless it’s carefully administered. Check with your veterinarian regarding newer and improved drugs because many of the well known brands are potentially harmful.
Conclusion on Tylenol
Never give your dog Tylenol. Besides, it’s not actually an anti-inflammatory agent. Rimadyl, in terms of suitability for dogs, is much safer and better. There are plenty of relaxants and natural solutions which are canine-formulated. Many of these can be purchased without a vet’s prescription. You may be surprised to find some really great products, all of which are more safe than Tylenol.