A sudden bout of diarrhea, garbage-eating induced vomiting, nasty insect sting? Of course these things always seem to happen after regular clinic hours or on the weekend. So what do you do?
You may not think it’s appropriate to take even a minor dog health affliction into your own hands. For me a bug bite (if not allergic) rarely warrants a trip to the vet. Sometimes what your dog need is just some simple over the counter medications to relieve your dog’s symptoms. These over the counter medications (OTC) may in fact be just what the veterinarian would recommend to get you by until your regular vet clinic opens.
What Over The Counter Medications Are Safe for Dogs
There are several “veterinarian approved” over the counter medications that you may have on hand for your own occasional tummy upsets, aches and pains, and allergies that may also help your dog. The graphic chart above includes some over the counter medications that are safe for your dog. I have also put together a more detailed chart including the medications’ common usage, possible side effects, dose rate as well as some sample calculations helping you to provide your dog relief if ever needed.
Of course, with every recommendation comes a caution, especially when we are talking about administering medications to our pets. In no way is this list of over the counter medications meant to take the place of veterinary advice. In fact, you should always consult your veterinarian on any medication including OTC ones that you plan on administering to ensure it is safe for your pet’s specific health status, breed and age.
I would suggest printing it off to post on your fridge or pop in your doggy first-aid kit (that you just vowed to assemble) and highlight the dosage calculations that are most appropriate for your pet’s body weight. That way when you are in a panic mode about your sick dog, you can quickly and easily locate the appropriate medicine and the amount to safely give.
Remember that if your dog is still growing and therefore his body weight changing, his dose rates will too. Always be sure to check medicine labels very carefully. Dose rates given in the chart are based on common medicine concentrations, but can and may differ from your medicine. If ever in doubt, do not use.