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The common conception of human medications being administered to pets is negative. There are, however, a few exceptions that can be made if the circumstances are dire enough. We just can’t help ourselves when we see our pets being sick. We just want to go to them and help them in any way possible. One of the ways we can help them is giving them our own medications. An important thing to keep in mind while administering human medication to a pet is that they are remarkably smaller than us so the dosage will also vary accordingly. Here are a few vet approved human medications that can also be helpful for our pets.
- MiraLaxThis is a laxative that helps to reduce constipation. It works great for humans and it can work well for pets as well. It can be administered to help relieve the pain of constipation.
- PepcidPepcid helps in reducing stomach acid while also protecting the lining of the stomach. It can also be used to prevent or treat inflammation or ulcers that are sometimes caused by the stomach acids. It is safe to consult your vet and discuss dosage options with him before going ahead with the treatment.
- PrilosecMuch like Pepcid, Prilosec also helps to reduce stomach acid in pets.
- LomotilLomotil is a cough suppressant that can provide remarkable relief to dogs who suffer from cough attacks. Lomotil dries out air passages so that the spasms experienced while coughing is reduced. It can also sometimes be used to treat diarrhea.
- BenadrylUsed as an antihistamine or as a mild sedative. It can be especially useful while travelling with dogs. Dogs usually experience motion sickness while they’re on the road. Benedryl can prevent motion sickness. It can also be used to treat allergic reactions.
- Saline dropsUsed to moisturize, rinse, and relieve congestion. Use children’s saline drops for a milder effect.
- DramamineIs used to relieve vertigo as well as motion sickness. Pets get dizzy too. Sometimes they get dizzy while they’re in the car, watching the world go by, and sometimes they get dizzy just by being lost in the happenings of their own minds.
- Omega-3 fatty acidsThere aren’t many side-effects to these supplements as they are actually something that’s needed by the body, in order for it to function more efficiently. They are especially useful in relieving pain that is caused by joint problems like arthritis.
Although these medications are all relatively safe, you should still talk to your vet first before giving your pet any of these. Now that we’ve talked about what medication you can administer to your pets, let’s talk about the ones you can’t.
- Ibubrofen – can cause kidney failure.
- Tramadol – causes disorientation, vomiting, tremors, and wobbliness.
- Alprazolam – causes agitation, drowsiness, and weakness.
- Adderall – causes an increase in heart rate and body temperature, hyperactivity, and tremors.
- Zolpidem – causes an increase in heart rate and agitation.
Always ask your vet before administering any medication to your pet. After all, he’s the one with the degree. Keep medications locked and far out of reach from your pets. Better safe than sorry.