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Midol was recently rebranded with a focus on PMS and menstrual cramps.
This popular medication used to be more of an all-purpose fix for everything from headaches to fatigue, muscle aches and mild pain relief.
In any case, are you considering this product for your dog?
Here’s the deal:
While Midol may temporarily reduce your pet’s pain, it can also cause serious complications.
Midol Requires Your Vet’s Prescription
Do not give this drug without professional guidance and certainly don’t use a leftover supply.
The Different Types of Midol
Bayer’s new product launch includes 4 variations of Midol. They are readily available over-the-counter and, again, are geared toward adult females.
First, you have Midol Complete and the more convenient On-The-Go pocketed-sized caplets.
These two names are combination drugs that contain identical active ingredients ie. Acetaminophen and Pyrilamine as well as caffeine.
While this pain killer/diuretic/antihistamine offers up to 6 hours of multi-symptom relief, we cannot recommend Midol Complete for your dog due to significant potential for harm.
There is also Last Lasting Relief which only contains Acetaminophen. Please read up on this drug to better understand why we’re against using it on your dog.
Finally, Midol has a caffeine- free version that includes Pamabrom (a diuretic) in addition to Acetaminophen.
An Active Ingredient Warning
The truth is that all types of Midol are potentially toxic for dogs.
Sure, in small dosages, Midol may not cause adverse effects.
However, used continuously or in questionable doses, it is not out of the realm of possibility that coma (ie. prolonged unconsciousness) can occur. Even death is possible.
FYI: Midol no longer contain Naproxen. Therefore, it is no longer considered an anti-inflammatory medication.
Serious Complications For K9s
Individual side effects linked to Midol can vary greatly from pet to pet.
Large breeds, with a relatively higher tolerance level, may not exhibit immediate signs of poisoning.
You could be led to believe that everything is fine, but toxicity could be accumulating in your dog’s system. Sometimes, when symptoms do visibly become apparent, it’s already too late.
It is not uncommon for liver and/or kidney failure to occur among other problems.
With small breeds, drug poisoning can quickly occur with observable signs appearing near instantly. A lower tolerance should not be surprising due to a small stature and low body weight.
Have a Midol Poisoning Plan
Call your vet ASAP if you have reason to believe your dog ingested an unknown amount of any pain reliever, Midol included.
For such a scenario, sometimes it makes sense to utilize activated charcoal to absorb the poisons. This remedy can be a life saver if it is used early on.
In addition, your vet may want to perform some blood work on your dog.
Thankfully, with proper vet care, canines often recover in just a day or two. The key is to act immediately and with urgency.
The Bottom Line
Midol, due to the active ingredients, is not recommended for dogs.
In fact, anything that contains Acetaminophen is highly questionable.
Only a trusted vet can guide you through a treatment regime that involves giving Midol to your dog.