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Ibuprofen works wonders for reducing aches and pains, but it is downright dangerous for your dog.
That is the clear message we wish to send regarding this popular pain killer.
Still, sometimes we get asked a question like, “How about if I dose Ibuprofen very conservatively for my dog?”
Our view remains the same: Do not mess around!
For piece of mind, your pet should not be given this NSAID. Unless you have specific instructions from your vet, doing so is fraught with unacceptably high risks.
While it is possible your dog won’t be harmed, Ibuprofen has an extremely narrow margin of safety for animals.
For fever, joint trouble or anything else – there are much safer ways to help. Keep reading to learn more…
Never Give Your Dog Ibuprofen
We’re going to provide you with a few alternatives. But first let’s explain why this over-the-counter pain killer can easily be poisonous — even fatal for a precious pet.
Why Ibuprofen is So Toxic
First off, toxicity is so common that Ibuprofen is rarely prescribed by vets these days.
And here is the exact reason…
The drug is a non-selective cyclooxygenase inhibitor. For dogs, and especially cats, that is extremely problematic from a medical standpoint.
This type of NSAID, Ibuprofen included, will inhibit inflammatory prostaglandins but also those that help regulate the kidneys and other bodily functions.
Advil and Motrin, because they contain Ibuprofen, are also not safe enough for your dog.
And, with toxic effects occurring so easily, any dose is highly questionable at best.
Forget about using Ibuprofen on your dog. You’d be putting their well-being at significant risk.
Some Serious Consequences
So now you know that Ibuprofen cannot be relied upon for a pet dog’s arthritis or any other type of aches and pains.
It cannot be stressed enough:
You really have to be careful with all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as they may harm your dog’s nervous system, GI tract and contribute to kidney failure.
Seizures, coma and even death is possible.
Symptoms of a Poisoned Pet
Hopefully you’re convinced that Ibuprofen’s effects can be quite serious.
In fact, a vet’s assistance is necessary if your dog is ever accidentally given any amount. And, again, this goes for similar pain meds like Advil.
Here are some early signs to watch for:
- Stomach pain
- Pale gums
- Loss of appetite
Any dog with these symptoms could be headed for more serious trouble including stomach ulcerations, renal failure, seizures and even neurological damage.
FYI: Tylenol is another pain med that can be extremely harmful for dogs. Severe liver damage is possible.
Good Ibuprofen Alternatives
Thankfully, there are safer and equally effective (pet-friendly) pain killers.
In particular, some of the newer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs make much more sense.
Instead of Ibuprofen, look into Rimadyl.
Metacam and Zubrin are also options to investigate. They are actually designed for dogs!
Finally, Carprofens are another type of pain reliever to consider.
Be sure to speak with your vet about these safer anti-inflammatory drugs!
The Bottom Line
Ibuprofen is absolutely off limits!
Whatever the situation, avoid giving this NSAID. Many dogs have suffered, even died, because of this pain killer.
It is highly recommended that you get your animal checked out. It’s then you’ll also be able to discuss appropriate alternatives to Ibuprofen.