Can I Give Ibuprofen to my Dog for Pain?

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Ibuprofen should only be given to a dog when prescribed by a vet.
Ibuprofen should only be given to a dog when prescribed by a vet.

Just as it is unwise for one person to share prescription medicine with another, it can also be dangerous to give pain medication intended for humans to animals. In general, giving a dog ibuprofen, or other analgesics, such as aspirin or acetaminophen, is very inadvisable. These substances may sometimes be prescribed by a veterinarian, but in this case, the dose will have been carefully considered, and will be appropriate to the pet. Pills and tablets for people come in doses suitable for humans, but these need to be adjusted when applied to animals, not only for differing body weights, but also because of possible differences in animal biochemistry. If a pet is in pain, a veterinarian should be consulted to determine what, if any, pain medication should be given.

The Effects of Ibuprofen on Dogs

Ibuprofen should not be given to animals.
Ibuprofen should not be given to animals.

Like aspirin, ibuprofen is classed as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). All such drugs can cause irritation of the stomach, and while they can be useful, there are no guidelines for dosage to animals on pain medication purchased for humans. Ibuprofen can damage the stomach lining, causing ulcers, and, at higher doses, can cause kidney failure. Very high doses may cause central nervous system (CNS) problems, including depression, seizures and coma. Usually, however, this painkiller causes gastrointestinal problems, which result in vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Treatment for Ibuprofen Poisoning

It is generally inadvisable to give a dog aspirin.
It is generally inadvisable to give a dog aspirin.

If a dog, or other pet, has swallowed ibuprofen, whether accidentally or through being given it by a well-intentioned owner, the animal should be taken to a veterinarian without delay. A number of treatments may then be given. Vomiting may be induced to remove the painkiller, and activated charcoal may be given to absorb the drug, and prevent it from entering the animal’s system. Medications that protect the stomach and intestines from damage may also be given. If treatment is prompt, the dog will usually recover.

Pain Treatment for Dogs

A dog may be given activated charcoal to absorb ibuprofen.
A dog may be given activated charcoal to absorb ibuprofen.

If a dog shows signs of being in pain, it is important that the cause should be determined, so the pet should be taken to a veterinarian, who can check for injuries or illnesses that may require other medical intervention. Not understanding the cause of pain could lead to greater injury, or an unnecessary delay in proper treatment for a serious condition, especially if the pain is masked by medication. The veterinarian may prescribe a suitable analgesic, along with any other treatment required. Generally, aspirin is preferred to ibuprofen, which is a more powerful medication and has only a small margin of error regarding the dose. Aspirin tablets with an “enteric coating” do not dissolve until they have passed through the stomach and into the intestine, and are therefore considered safer to prescribe.

A licensed vet should be consulted before giving a dog any sort of medication.
A licensed vet should be consulted before giving a dog any sort of medication.

The prescribed pain medication may sometimes seem expensive. Owners, however, should not give their pets painkillers from their own medicine cabinets, even if it is the same drug that has been prescribed, unless this has first been discussed with the veterinarian, and then only at the recommended dose. Other analgesics should not be substituted, as they may have very different effects. For example, acetaminophen is particularly dangerous for dogs, as it can damage the liver. Even if a dog has been prescribed a particular medication in the past, a veterinarian should be consulted before administering it again, because various factors may have changed, and the underlying cause of the pain needs to be investigated.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent wiseGEEK contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent wiseGEEK contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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My dog found some ibuprofen in the bedroom. We saw her vomiting and took her straight to the vet. It cost 400 pounds, but if she survives, it's worth every penny. Don't hesitate if you love your dog like we love ours.


Yesterday, my 45 pound German Shorthair Pointer was running, flat out, in my back yard. She slipped on the mud and slammed her right shoulder into a rabbit hutch we have in the back yard. She didn't yelp and was walking fairly normally immediately afterward. I felt the shoulder, and her leg, and there is no break. I did find what feels like a welt across her right shoulder (presumably where her shoulder hit the leg of the rabbit hutch). I pressed in it, gingerly, and it just feels like a lump. My dog did not react like she was in any real distress or pain.

Today, she is walking with a bit of a limp in her right front leg. When she first gets up, she seems really stiff. After she's moved a round for a bit, like going outside for a potty break, she still limps, but it's like things have loosened up and don't hurt as much. I gave her 1 teaspoon of Children's Motrin, for the pain. She has not shown any signs of not tolerating it ... no vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Her pain seems very much relieved. I was going to give her a little more tomorrow, and maybe the next day, just to make her more comfortable.

Everything I've read seems to be warning against long-term use, like for arthritis. But, for an injury, I'm not seeing any information discouraging short-term use. Does anyone know of any dangers associated with short-term Ibuprofen use in dogs?


Ibuprofen will kill your dog. It is toxic to dogs. See a vet when you can, but don't give it people medication. We lost our husky because it got into a bottle of over the counter ibuprofen.


My baby, a 90lb weimaraner, has an ear infection and I can't get into the vet until the day after tomorrow. So in not wanting her to be in pain until then, I wanted to find out what to give her in the meantime. I found many people and trustworthy sites recommending ibuprofen.


Does anyone know the effects of zaleplon on dogs? My dog is up all night barking and upsetting the neighbours. Could this hypnotic anti insomniac drug work or damage him? It would only be for a few nights until I move apartments to keep my neighbours happy.

The local children and gardener harass the poor creature and he is getting all the blame, especially since it has been found out he is not a pure bred, but an Egyptian street dog I found at four weeks of age.

He is wonderful to walk with and is very affectionate, but reacts to the constant stones thrown at him over the fence.


I have no idea when some of these posts were done, but I pray to god that some of these animals are still alive!

Never ever give human medication to an animal! You may think you are 'trying to help' but you are most likely poisoning them. For those of you who 'can't afford to go to the vet', don't have an animal! Or apply for credit to pay for it, but don't make your pet suffer.

It makes me so angry when people try to justify owning a pet but are not taking responsibility for it.


Never give ibuprofen to dogs; it's toxic to dogs. And never give tylenol to cats, because the acetaminophen in tylenol is poisonous to cats. If your pet is stung by a bug, they can have bendryl but call the vet to get the correct dosing amount.


I have a 3 year old male Pomeranian who is around 20-25 pounds and he accidentally ate a 25 mg aleve tablet. I don't know if I should be going to the vet or if nothing major will happen since the tablet was only 25 mg. Please help.


I just want to help my parents (old fashioned peeps) 13 year old black lab - much pain and really hope an occasional 200mg for a large fat (great) dogs will do much more good than any harm.


@55: I'm not 100 percent sure but your vet may be seeing things as clearly. For one, the medicine may affect his weight, in which would cause him to gain more weight and cause his pain to be worse.

Or your dog may need more exercise then medicine. Because losing weight even in animals is about your diet and your exercise. Your pet needs to exercise. It's not that the vet it turning away from you animal. It's that medicine might hurt them more.

Give him plenty of exercise, but not too much, you don't want to over work him. Within a certain time period of good diet and exercise, he should start feeling better.


I look after a large breed dog, six years of age. He has problems with his legs due to his size. Diet is ongoing. He was given Moxidyl for pain relief.

Since then, he has been seen by another vet who, apparently, told his owner not to medicate him as he would stop feeling the pain and cause himself more injury.

Sorry, but i don't feel this is the truth. Would a vet seriously send a dog away who clearly limps and suffers pain without medication? --Worried!


Unfortunately, in order to be truly safe while administering nsaids to an animal, you would have to visit a vet. The vet can do a liver and kidney test from the blood. This will show how well the animal's kidney and liver will tolerate the medicine. This should be done in older animals and is optional for younger animals but i would still recommend it.

also this will not predict whether or not your animal gets an ulcer. Ulcers develop very quickly in canines so watch for the signs of constipation black stool loss of appetite vomiting possibly vomiting blood gasping white gums(means sudden drop in blood pressure from internal bleeding possibly)seizures a sign of a seizure is shaking while rigid it may be very short so if you have any doubts go to the vet! if your dog does any of these go to the emergency vet immediately! Get in your car and call from the cell as you drive and go!

I am not rich either and most vets have an emergency credit card you can get to pay for treatment and pay back later! In the end it's worth it- for me, anyway. i could never live with the guilt of letting my babies die from a pill i crammed down their throats.


One difference between humans and animals that makes me feel bound to help/rescue/protect an animal over a human: People can speak, can apply for public assistance, can ask for help, can always change their circumstances. Animals cannot do any of the above. Domesticated animals were made that way by humans, their autonomy and ability to survive on their own bred out of them by humans. It's a no-brainer.

When a human stamps his foot and says "What about me? You mean animals are more important?", it only strengthens my conviction. If this post outrages you, then you are that narcissistic human to whom I refer.


In response to a few of these comments it just so happens that some fellow humans are not worth caring for. Animals care about you, no matter your color or rumors or who you are, but how you treat them. And humans do the same if a person is treated worse than dirt by another person, then should you be surprised by the fact that some people disregard others?

If you came here to badger people for caring more for their animals then "fellow" humans, then get off of here and don't comment. No one is pointing a gun to your head and telling you to read it.

People want to know how to help their animals because they care about their animals for caring about them when society turned away from them. So excuse me and other people for caring for something that actually cares back.

The world is cruel and when people make other people commit suicide and cut themselves for depression, it's nice to have an animal to care. At least they act better than most humans.


In Response to 41: Just because you know about medications and write a long comment doesn't mean that we think you're smart. Who are you to tell people to shut up?


I think you misunderstand my comment. All I'm saying is that there is people out there who can't get pain medicine, and like you said you can't help them, but animals are treated far better than humans. You have more agencies and services for animals than humans, and that's outrageous.

I love animals, but some people on this site would rather help an animal than a fellow human being and that's not right,for instance how many of you pass the homeless on the street and not even offer to help them or walk past them pretending you don't see them, but if you see an abandoned animal you take time to make sure it's okay, even giving up your home to it? If you're not one of those people than obviously I'm not talking to you.

I myself was one of those people, but I had to sit back and readjust my thinking. And if you take offense to the fact that to help a human is not as important as helping a animal, then you need to adjust your feelings, because I will never adjust my thoughts.

I'd rather be more concerned about helping humans who go to the emergency room and get turned away with not so much as a Tylenol, than to be concerned about whether or not a dog should take pain medicine to get better.

Especially people who are wealthy who look down on people with less money than them, who make sure their animals have an over abundance of food and shelter, a lot of times even their own homes and maid and butler services! There is an epidemic of animal lovers not caring enough about their fellow human beings and it needs to stop!


Regarding comment 46:

Just because there are humans out there in the world suffering from pain and unable to obtain medicine doesn't mean that we should just ignore the pain of our beloved animals in our own homes.

I cannot go to these pained humans and give them medicine, but I can at least end my dog's pain. To say that I am unconcerned with human pain because I am trying to help my pet is offensive and thoughtless. Please don't make assumptions about me or anyone else who loves their pet enough to try to end their pain.


Why aren't you people more concerned about human beings who suffer in pain every day but can't get pain pills because they can't afford it or because these quack doctors don't believe that they are in pain. Don't get me wrong I love animals, but human suffering is more important.


I was told by my vet that Tylenol can kill a dog, but Ibuprofen was OK. I give my dog Glucosamine every day, but Ibuprofen when he is having a really bad day, and I nave not seen any bad side effects.


$30 vet visit? Where are you? I want to live there. I am in Eureka, CA and the cheapest vet visit is a $45 appointment fee plus a $40 exam fee -- that's $85 to get in the door.


My Multize is about 9lbs and has her front paw hurt. a child picked her up by the front paws and some hurt her. she is seven years old. I can't take her to the vet at the moment, I have no job.

I have been giving her outdated Childrens Ibuprofen for pain every 3 1/2 to 4 hours and she is able to walk and get around, eat, drink, and potty. Not sure of the dosage, can some please help me. Help me save my doggie please. --Larraine


Geez, I thought this was supposed to be a symposium where people would help people to figure out dosing regimens. Instead, I read how ibuprofen will "be a slow painful death if used", people telling other people how they are "cheap or don't care about their animal if they don't take it to a vet", and other rumblings.

A couple of people said it best: "if we didn't care about our animals, we wouldn't be on here" - so to those who "think" they know it all, shut up and understand where some of these other people are coming from. They may not be "wealthy" like you, or as "educated" as you, but we all want to know a couple of simple things: at the proper dose, is ibuprofen dangerous to our animals? And what is the proper dose (this may be different for different breeds) that our pet should take? Should they take it once a day, twice a day, etc. with food without food.

One last thought: Rimadyl, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) comes from the same chemical class as ibuprofen. Tramadol and ibuprofen are both propionic acid derivative NSAIDs - just like Naproxen (Aleve), Nsaid, Daypro (oxaprozin) and 18 other propionic acid derivatives currently on the market. Now, will someone give us the correct dosage (mg/lb *or* mg/kg of weight) for dogs?

Thanks in advance for reading and answering my post. Oh yeah, tell the "vet tech and other supposed professionals" here on the website that they might want to do more research before they claim to know anything. No insult is meant by this, but before you claim to know something, make sure that you really know something.


I have 5 cats, rescues all, and three dogs. Please do not criticize those who cannot afford a vet, especially today.

I cannot afford to take myself to the doctor but spend lots on the animals I save. Maybe the vet here is $30 but not on my planet. Here that won't get you in the door, never mind an exam or tests.

They sell doggie aspirin at Petsmart over the counter. The dosage is on the bottle. You can either buy it there or copy the dosage and buy cheap children's baby aspirin and use the dosage from the dog bottle. Ibuprofen is not absorbed the same in dogs and can make them sick/die at lower dosages.

My vet gave my Rimadyl which almost killed my dog with the first dose so I now keep charcoal pills on hand which i opened, mixed with water and squirted down his throat. Very messy and does not really dissolve but I believe it saved his life. The vet was not concerned and just wanted to schedule another expensive visit but did tell me ibuprofen was OK used sparingly and not on a regular basis at 1/2 mg per pound. That was for my dog. That's a tiny dose compared to what people get so it is very easy to poison your dog.

He has bad hips and the ibuprofen is the only thing that helps when he gets to where he cannot stand.


If you were in your dog's shoes, would you want your health gambled with or would you appreciate somebody forking out the $30.00 to ensure your wellness. Stop being so cheap people and take your animal to the Veterinarian. God help you should you need medical attention when you are elderly and your children get OTC medication or neglect getting you to a Dr. altogether because they are too cheap to care for you properly. Karma.


Please, if you have already given your dog motrin and are telling us that now it has renal failure and stomach ulcers; can you tell us how much you were given it, how often, and what the weight of your dog was? We don't want to make the same mistake. Help us out a little. Thank you.


we have a small dog who weight is 13lbs. She ate one ibuprofen 200mg. We gave her peroxide, to throw it up. Is 200mg going to hurt her?


A good vet will tell you what to give a dog for normal issues: benadryl for bites and stings, immodium ad for diarrhea, low doses of advil or ibuprofen for pain. Most vets will work with phifer and other big med to rip you off for 6-15 dollar a pill "special" pet meds for the kickbacks.


Can someone tell me what the dose calculation is? How many mg per kg body weight for dogs?


Here's the deal: if you love your pet and giving it tylenol is questionable, then don't freaking do it! For God's sake if you thought giving your child something could possibly make them sick would you still give it to them? Use some rational thought, how about it, and stop! Go talk to your vet, not some non-vet trained know it all who thinks they can give advice.


I am a veterinarian who just stumbled onto this website. I beg you to please at least call a veterinarian before administering any kind of medication at home. Pets do not get "people" dosages and dogs and cats do not react to medication the same way. Many pain medications can cause liver and other problems if not used appropriately.

My office visit is $30 and covers a very complete physical exam and also a complete consultation with a veterinary technician. We can get an accurate weight to avoid overmedication. That is a small price to pay to be sure that there is no sign of anemia, liver enlargement, heart problems, fever, etc. that would make the use of an OTC medication fatal. Sometimes people are under the misconception that because they can buy something OTC it is completely safe for both them and for their pets. That just isn't true; pets are not small people.

Every vet has treated pets that have been overdosed on OTC medications, flea products, etc etc; that is why we are so adamant that the pet be looked at. It gets disturbing to be portrayed as a profession just out to get people's hard earned money. I went to college for seven years and have practiced for 25. That is not someone who is in it for the money. If you do not trust the vet you go to, please just find another one. There are thousands of us out here who just want to be sure your pet gets the best care anywhere. Thanks.


@Anon118140: Take your dog to the vet. As far as I know, there's not much you can do at home. Your dog needs to see the vet.


I have a shitzu malteze mix and he got into about four ibuprofen earlier today and is now vomiting all over the house. Read the articles and now I'm worried. does anyone know what i can do?


Seems to me it's only OK if you pay a vet to tell you what you already know, then pay even more for the same drug marketed with a designer pet label.


My 15 year old Queensland Heeler is groaning! Last week he was vomiting a lot so I took him to the vet. Whatever is going on with him tonight it's clear his hips are a visible part of the problem. Is there anything topically that I can do for the old guy for pain?

I don't want to give him any OTC meds since he's already been put on a bland diet. I too have financial considerations as well as the stress another vet visit may do to him.


Please don't give your dog human medicines without consulting your vet first. Ibuprofen cab cause acute renal failure and death in dogs at very small doses. You have been warned.


My elderly Rottweiler has back pain and sometimes can't get up when he's been sleeping or

when he's walking, his legs slip out from underneath him on the floor. We installed runners so he won't be as likely to slip and got x rays last weekend that show his discs are separating.

It's terrible to see him go through this and the pain medication doesn't seem to be doing him much good because it made him pant and he was shaky.

They prescribed Tramadol which i just found out is a narcotic and I'm going to wean him off of it and get him back on Duramax which worked for him and hopefully prednisone because that worked for him as well. It just made him drink a lot of water but it did make him feel better.

I can't afford all this but it just kills me to see him suffering. If it gets worse I will have to make a much more difficult decision. He's only 10 so hopefully he can improve and live another 2-4 years in a controlled environment. My dogs and cats get better health care than I do. Prayers go out to everyone else who is going through similar situations. God bless our beloved pets!


Different vets will tell you different things. It really depends on the amount of pain you dogs seems to be in.

I have an 11 year old rottie who has pain in her hips due to her age. Any medication you give your animal may cause side effects. There are are supplements that can be given to help reduce the problem. Most contain glucosamine, msm, chondroitin and calcium.

My vet recommended trying this for long term effects. He also recommended adding duralactin, along with one aspirin only when needed. All rx pain meds such as rimadyl and deramaxx can cause kidney and liver problems when used long term. My advise would be to try supplements first. If they don't seem to help you dog within two to four weeks, seek the advice of your vet. More may need to be done for your pet.


I have a WGSD that is going to be 10 this year. We went out of town for two months and when we were returning I noticed a hop in his back legs. I worried about DM or HD, but neither are really curable. I'm giving him Tylenol 500mg TID, omega 3, B complexes, and glucosamine right now. I noticed a faster response from him after Tax started. After a few more days if he's still having the problem I'm getting him x rayed and maybe EMG'ed.


Come on people, if everyone could afford to pay for an office visit fee that's more than a human doc fee we wouldn't be asking for help from this site!

I have two pups that got attacked by a pack of other pups. i've been treating them with betadine and amoxicillin 1/2cc per lb and giving them 1/2cc children's liquid ibuprofen. They literally have a big hole where the original bite wounds were but it's healing and the pain med helps them not lie there and moan.

by the way, i took one to the vet and it died while in their care and i still had to pay $75.00 for them to do nothing! the two i have left have been getting better and stronger every day. please say a prayer for them.


Right now our dog is in the vet hospital with kidney failure and stomach ulcers after ingesting ibuprofen! Do not give this to dogs!


Please be very careful in giving your dog Ibuprofen. Our 13 year old Golden was in a lot of discomfort from hip pain. We were giving him Ibuprofen twice a day for a month or so and he began to bleed out of his nose. Our vet told us to not give dogs Ibuprofen. We have since switched to Extra Strength Tylenol and he seems much better and no further bleeding at all.


I really appreciate these comments. It's after hours at the Vet, and my dog is in obvious pain. I don't want to pay some "online Vet" (yeah right) when there are enough intelligent people out there who have the common sense and experience to put me and Snoopy at ease for the evening. Thanks everyone for sharing! Relieved!


Not everyone has the financial means to get a vet's expertise. Not to get into squabbles with others, but please be kind and aware that those of us on this website are here because we care about our animal -- but are unable to address the issue for many reasons.

When we rescue or get an animal it is with the understanding that we can help and provide for them. Sometimes the need is too great, so we do the best we can.

Please do not make us feel less caring or uninvolved because we are unable to do what others can in different financial boats. Be kind, not judgmental.


I am a certified veterinary technician with several years of experience working in the veterinary care field.

Ibuprofen can severely damage a dog's kidneys. It should not be given to any dog or cat. There are safer alternatives.

Please speak to your veterinarian before giving any pain medication to your dog. While there are many safe anti-inflammatory medications designed specifically for pets, even those require monitoring under the supervision of a veterinarian.

Also keep in mind that while anti-inflammatory medications will alleviate the pain, it is essential to first determine the cause of the pain.

For example, tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis will have physical symptoms such as joint swelling and limping. Pain medication will help the pain but it will not resolve the infection - and untreated Lyme disease can lead to renal disease as well as other dangerous ailments.

Simply put, see your veterinarian before administering any medication.


The last time one of my dogs had a minor surgery, the doctor prescribed Ibuprofen (under a pet medication label), I think it was about 100 mg per dose. Ive given my dog 200 mg for swelling and pain and it worked pretty good, but ask a vet -- they did go to school.


Contrary to popular belief, ibuprofen is not, by definition, toxic to dogs. Ibuprofen can be toxic, if the dose is too large, causing stomach and liver damage, just as it would if a human were to take a too-large dose. In small doses, they can metabolize it just fine.

I give it to my elderly, arthritic labrador -- on my vet's advice -- occasionally. That said, it is strongly advisable that you use it only as a last resort.

There are many pain medications which are much safer -- and more effective -- which your vet can prescribe for your pet.


i gave my dog half a nurofen twice last week with no obvious side effects.


First of all, Ibuprofen is not fatal in correct dosages. You need to contact you vet for that. most times you can just call and ask how much mg per weight and get the correct dose.

I have a 31 pound beagle who occasionally gets pain in her back and doesn't like to get up much. I give her 150 mg of ibuprofen and she starts wiggling around after it takes effect, and she has no issues otherwise. but this is not an everyday or even every week thing.


My 35-pound nine year old labradoodle gets 200 mg of ibuprofen after a haircut. It's for stress and fever control. It helps her every time without any side effects noted.

She gets haircuts one or two times a year. My opinion is Ibuprofen isn't recommended, unless you and your pet see a vet. This is understandable per the economy and causes loss of money to the pet industry.


Anon22603, do not use scare tactics, that is

just not true. While there may be better choices

than ibuprofen, it will not cause your dog a long

slow death. Unless you give them too large a dose. My vet said that a children's dose of Advil for my 65-pound lab would be just fine.


To anon42369 #6: Soak their feet in epsom salts. The vet told me to do it for relief.


My dog is pregnant and got in a fight with some dog or something. I woke up and I found her in the backyard. Blood was everywhere. What can i give her for pain? she is limping.


it's midnight here, and my dog started limping. I checked his paw pads. they are very dry and rough. He is now limping, and I have no idea what to give him.


I really hope that it's OK to give ibuprofen one time in an emergency situation. my wife came back from walking the dogs and one was stung or bitten. not sure if it was a snake bee or what, but she was on fire red so i gave her some in some cheese before i even thought to see if it would be harmful.


I have a dog who was run over by a car 3 years ago. In turn her hip has been causing her some pain. My vet at the time of the accident told me to give her aspirin as pain reducer, to be be aware if the pain increases she might need something more. I believe I know my dog well enough to understand what is OK to medicate and what needs attention from a vet. Any responsible dog owner would.


We were at the river bar and my dog's feet are very sore from walking on the rocks all weekend. Is there something I can give her for the pain?


My dog is a senior, tall, lean & active. and the vet prescribes duramax a very expensive medicine. What human equivalent would be safe for a 60 lb dog ?


@kirinqueen - you know if an animal is in pain. they show the same signs humans do - especially humans that can't communicate with words (such as babies). They show that they are feel pain through changes in posture, facial expressions, changes in behavior, making noises (groaning and crying), showing sensitivity to the area where the pain is located, etc. I think this article gives appropriate warning in terms of not knowing the appropriate dosage for your pet, but I do not need to ask a vet to know that my dog, cat, or guinea pig is in pain.


PLEASE do not give dogs Ibuprofen, it will kill them, it is toxic to them as they do not have the chemicals to metabolize the drug, like humans.Seriously, it will be a slow death and your dog will suffer greatly


I live in the South of France and have bought Ibuprofen for my Cat from the Pharmacie with Vet advice. He only has 1/2 a Tablet X2 a Day and has shown a remarkable return to health with No Side affects at all.


Don't you want to be absolutely sure your dog is in pain before trying to medicate him? I think it should be made clearer that consultation with a veterinarian is necessary before giving any kind of un-prescribed medication to a dog.

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    • Ibuprofen should only be given to a dog when prescribed by a vet.
      Ibuprofen should only be given to a dog when prescribed by a vet.
    • Ibuprofen should not be given to animals.
      Ibuprofen should not be given to animals.
    • It is generally inadvisable to give a dog aspirin.
      It is generally inadvisable to give a dog aspirin.
    • A dog may be given activated charcoal to absorb ibuprofen.
      A dog may be given activated charcoal to absorb ibuprofen.
    • A licensed vet should be consulted before giving a dog any sort of medication.
      A licensed vet should be consulted before giving a dog any sort of medication.