Can I Give My Dog Tylenol?

Can I Give My Dog Tylenol?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.

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Laurie April, 2016

My vet suggested Extra Strength Tylenol two years ago for my Alaskan Malamute, one pill twice a day. It’s for arthritis and has done wonders for him.


Kassidy June, 2013

I have a 10 year old boxer that has had arthritis for 5 years and I have always given him Tylenol. I crush it up and put it in some kinda snack and feed it to him. It helps. I just found out it is toxic to dogs and his vet says he is perfectly healthy other than the arthritis.


James June, 2013

Hello Kassidy. You are correct. Tylenol is poisonous for dogs but I think many people are giving it anyway without knowing. There is a similar post here. Glad your dog is doing fine!


Cynthia July, 2012

Never ever give any type of Tylenol, acetaminophen being the main and active ingredient. The name Tylenol is just a brand name. The only thing acceptable would be an Ibuprofen type med to prevent upset stomach. Also, don’t give long term aspirin unless directed by a vet because of potential stomach ulcers from aspirin.

At times you have to find the money some how to take your loyal baby to the vet. In a dogs’ life they will need to go to the vet when sick. Some dogs are luckier than others in needing health care. Spay/neuter is good place to start so they don’t get an infected uterus that requires emergency surgery which can cost $1,300 dollars. This usually happens between 4-8 years old in female dogs or cancer in male dogs.

If your dog eats certain items it can harm them. You can induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide 5ml or 1 teaspoon. This must be done quickly or get to a vet before poisonous substances start circulating in the blood, it may be too late. You can repeat the 5ml of peroxide but after that, if your dog has not thrown substance up, get to a vet ASAP.

I have had 1 dog die from ingestion of marijuana. After $1,000 was spent, her heart gave out. She did throw up on her own but didn’t help, but another dog did same just tiny amount and I induced vomiting.

I didn’t know about peroxide with my 1st dog, but she did throw up on her own. It was a horrible death for her, just so you know for all of you out there thinking marijuana won’t harm or kill a dog. Yes, it will and it makes them hallucinate.

I know vets are expensive especially if you have an emergency. I highly recommend you get insurance for your dog before an accident or they get sick. In bad cases, you have to put your dog down because you can’t afford it.

There are lots of dog insurance companies, just research them. Look for the best one for the money. Also, look for the ones that are rated the best and pay the benefits without any problems. Your vet is your friend. Some are greedy, true.

Look for county vets. They charge less. Also, know where your closest emergency animal vet or hospital is so you are prepared for an emergency. Dogs are like toddlers, curious, everything goes in the mouth!


Stephanie March, 2014

My 4 year old Dachshund was diagnosed with Pyometra and had to have an emergency hysterectomy. It costs $2,800 now-a-days (you stated $1,300). These emergency vets are out for the money. They will lie, tell you you’re a horrible dog owner, etc. if you balk on the costs. There are no regulations with veterinarians like with physicians and so they can pull on your heartstrings and pocketbook all they want with no repercussions.


Mikke October, 2014

I agree. I have spent thousands of dollars on vets for my Wheaten Terrier. No one has been able to cure him. I have seen four vets. He has an open sour with a tumor, raw. Now he has a fever. All the vets can only discuss money. It is a business, they do not care really, it is about the money.


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