Treating Your Dog With Hydrocodone

Read this information carefully for the dosage, side effects and more in regards to the drug hydrocodone.

Hydrocodone is a drug which may be used to control both pain and coughing. It is an opioid and as such only vets with a DEA license are able to prescribe this substance for use in your dog. It is also extremely important that you do not give your dog hydrocodone mixed with Tylenol as that drug is toxic for dogs and could be fatal.

Hydrocodone dosage for dogs

The dosage for dogs typically ranges between 0.25 mg to 10 mg up to four times a day. However, please do not under any circumstances use this drug without professional veterinary consultation. Your vet will be able to give you the correct dosage, as each case varies.

Is hydrocodone safe for dogs

It is believed that dogs are more resistant to the negative effects of opioids than humans are, and as such may be safer for their use. However, there are many safety precautions to take into account. It may be dangerous to give to dogs in hot climates or dogs who have a need to cough up mucous from their lungs.

Safety precautions

  • Do not mix this drug with MAOI drugs or matured cheese
  • Do not give to dogs who have diarrhea caused by some form of toxin
  • Notify the vet if your dog suffers with acidosis, thyroid problems, heart disease, kidney disease or Addison’s disease
  • Use carefully in animals with penumonia or respiratory conditions as hydrocodone surpresses coughing
  • Use carefully in dogs with acidosis
  • Notify the vet of ANY other drugs your pet is taking

As with any narcotic drugs you should take extra care when considering using it on your pet. It is vital that you seek veterinary advice before giving your dog this drug and discuss with your vet whether or not the benefits of use outweigh the risks.

Uses of hydrocodone for dogs

Hydrocodone is most commonly prescribed for use in dogs to treat:

  • Severe coughing
  • Severe pain

Side effects of hydrocodone use in dogs

The most common side effects in dogs when on the drug hydrocodone is constipation, vomiting and sedation. If your dog develops any other side effects you should seek veterinary advice straight away.

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