Like humans, we never know when pets can get sick and they do get sick. This makes us very uncomfortable and we want to do everything possible to make them feel well.
Can you give them medications that you use to treat some symptoms like strains, sprains aches, etc.?
Well yes. There are 9 human medications safe for sick pets and you can use them.
While you should always consult your vet prior to usage says Dr. Cathy Meeks, a board-certified internal medicine specialist and a Group Medical Director at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, Florida.
“We have to remember the size of our pets compared to us,” she says. “Even with the medications that are safe for pets, the dosages are drastically different.” And some drugs are flat out dangerous for pets at even the tiniest doses.
Medications That Are Safe For Pets
Here are 9 human medicines that are safe for your pets.
1: MiraLAX (To reduce constipation)
MiraLAZ can be given to your pet in a very small quantity to help alleviate the symptoms of pain and discomfort of constipation. Once again, for proper dosage, you should talk to your vet. Excess dosage will result in diarrhea.
2: Pepcid (used to reduce stomach acid and protect stomach lining)
Stomach acids in pets can sometimes result in ulcers and inflammation and Pepcid can be used to help reduce the symptoms. If your pet is vomiting, giving a small dosage of Pepcid will help in alleviating the symptoms.
However, Meeks says, “If the pet is vomiting and uninterested in her food, it is a sign of a bigger problem. You should consult the vet.”
3: Prilosec (reduces stomach acid)
Like Pepcid, Prilosec also helps to reduce stomach acid and is safe for pets. However, some of its side effects includes vomiting, flatulence and changes in urination behavior along with diarrhea.
4: Lomotil (Antidiarrheal and cough reliever)
Lomotil can potentially help treat diarrhea and is also used as a cough reliever. It is a safe drug and can be used for pets, especially the small breeds, who suffer with a condition known as collapsing trachea. It dries out the air passage and results in coughing.
Small dosage of Lomotil can help to alleviate the symptoms but its side-effects includes constipation and confusion in pet owners.
5: Benadryl (Antihistamine and mild sedative)
Like humans, if your pet is suffering with acute allergic reactions. You can also use it as a mild sedative for pet who are stressed out by road trips or fireworks. It can also cure motion sickness.
Some potential side effects include dry mouth, decreased urination, vomiting and loss of appetite.
6: Saline Eye and Nose Drops (Rinses, moisturizes and relieves congestion)
Meeks says that using children’s nose drops can help to clear upper airways of congested cats. The Saline eye drops helps to relieve mild conjunctivitis and other eye irritations and has no side-effects. However, you should check with the vet if the condition persists.
7: Dramamine (Relives motion sickness and vertigo)
Pets often get dizzy – way too much sometimes.
A proper dosage of Dramamime can potentially help to get rid of carsickness and vertigo. One of the most common side effects is drowsiness among pets.
8: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Helps improve joint health)
If you pet is old or injured, this medicine can be used to alleviate the joint pain and arthritis. It has very little, if any, side-effects.
9: Hydrogen Peroxide (emetic)
This stinging antiseptic, commonly used by humans, can help to reduce vomiting in pets if they have swallowed something bad. For example, you come home back to see that your dog ate a lot of chocolate from the jar. Well, other than food items, they can also swallow batteries that can damage esophagus. It is better that you call the vet first.