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The following is a list of common household human medications that can be used on pets.
These medications should ONLY be used when you can't reach your veterinarian immediately.

Your vet may recommend an over-the-counter drug like diphenhydramine (Benadryl). The typical dose is one to three milligrams for every pound of pet, but you should ask your vet for precise dosages.

Buffered AspirinPain relief, anti-inflammatory5 mg per/lb every 12 hrs
Vitamin BUsed as an appetite stimulant1/2 to 2 ml subcutaneously, every 24 hrs
BenadrylTreats allergies, itching, insect stings, bites1/2 mg per/lb every 8 hrs, maximum 2 mg per/lb
DramamineReduces motion sicknessUp to 50 mg every 8 hrs
Hydrogen Peroxide 3%Used to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion of poison10 ml by mouth every 15 min
Epinephrine 1:1000Used to treat reactions to medications, insect stings, bites1/10 to 1/2 ml intramuscular or subcutaneously
Pepto BismolFor diarrhoea, vomiting and anti-gas1 tsp per 5 lbs every 6 hrs
Di Gel LiquidAntacid and anti-gasUp to 4 tablespoon every 8 hrs
Mineral OilEliminates constipationUp to 4 tablespoon daily
KaopectateRelieves diarrhoea1 ml per/lb every 2 hrs
TylenolPain reliefNot recommended

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WARNING! Those of you who use Kaopectate to control diarrhoea, especially in cats, need to be aware of the recent formula change. Due to concerns regarding lead levels in the old formulation the manufacturer of Kaopectate have changed the active ingredient to bismuth subsalicylate. Salicylates (e.g. aspirin, pepto bismol and now kaopectate) should only be administered to cats under veterinary supervision. Some dogs are also sensitive to salicylates.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Animal Poison Control Center is warning veterinarians, their staff, and pet owners that the xylitol – a sweetener found in some sugar-free chewing gums, candies, and other products can cause serious – possibly life-threatening problems for dogs.
Dogs ingesting large amounts of products sweetened with xylitol may have a sudden drop in blood sugar, resulting depression, loss of coordination, and seizures, according to Dr. Eric K. Dunayer, a consulting veterinarian in clinical toxicology for the poison control center. The center is most concerned about products in which xylitol is the primary ingredient.
"These signs can develop quite rapidly, at times less than 30 minutes after ingestion of the product," Dr. Dunayer said in a statement. "Therefore, it is important that pet owners seek veterinary treatment immediately."
Some data suggest a link between xylitol ingestion and liver failure in dogs, he said, though those data are insufficient to draw firm conclusions.
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.


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