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Are you thinking of giving your dog Motrin to relieve persistent pain?
First off, this well-known medication is simply a trade name for Ibuprofen. In any case, using it on a pet can be tempting since it’s a readily available over-the-counter product.
Straight to the point:
Motrin is an effective NSAID for reducing mild to severe aches and pains, but it should not be given to your dog.
Ask any vet and they’ll tell you Motrin is not safe for animals.
Thankfully, there are much better options for canines suffering from arthritis or any other type of pain.
Keep reading to learn more…
Motrin Could Harm Your Dog
Do not provide this pain reliever in any amount. Too risky!
This may come as a surprise because Ibuprofen long had a reputation as one of the safest non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on the market.
But the thing is…
Research published by the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that this questionable claim never actually applied to canines.
Providing Motrin to your dog, in any dose, could cause serious harm. The same goes for Advil, Midol and Naproxen (all of which are just different names for Ibuprofen).
All of the above-mentioned pain killers should be off-limits!
A Breed Specific Toxicity
While all dogs are susceptible to adverse effects…
A case-control analysis of a National Animal Poison Control Center database found that German Shepherds are especially prone to poisoning as a result of Ibuprofen ingestion.
All Versions Problematic
It really doesn’t matter which type of Motrin you have on-hand.
Dogs are vulnerable to side effects whether it’s the liquid gel form or the caplets (both of which are a standard 200mg dose).
Even the 100mg Children’s Motrin as well as the reduced strength 50mg infant formula should be avoided.
Last but not least…
The PM (Pain Reliever / Nighttime Sleep-Aid) caplets contain Diphenhydramine in addition to Ibuprofen. This combination product is also a bad idea!
So What’s The Big Worry?
Major concerns with Motrin are gastrointestinal ulceration and acute renal failure.
Yes, it’s that serious. Your dog could even die from an overdose.
But here are the much more common side effects to watch for:
- Nausea (vomiting)
- Upset stomach
- Behavioral changes
Signs of Motrin Poisoning
Have you mistakenly given your dog Motrin?
Obviously you need to closely observe them for indications of toxicosis.
Besides the above symptoms, an elevated temperature is concerning. A dog with a temperature above 102 degrees Fahrenheit (or 39 degrees Celsius) is a clear warning sign.
Blood in the stool would also be very troubling.
Do not delay if any of these apply. Take the bottle of Motrin, along with your furry friend, and head to a local vet ASAP!
The Bottom Line
Motrin is not even a temporary solution for dogs experiencing pain.
The risks associated with this popular pain reliever are too high and outweigh any short-term benefits.
Be warned! Do not give your dog Motrin!