Tylenol for pain relief in dogs

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The following page contains all relevant information about Tylenol for dogs including the dosage, safety guidelines, uses of the drug and more.

Tylenol, of which acetaminophen is the active ingredient, is a pain relief medication which is sometimes (though infrequently) prescribed by vets for use in dogs. Unlike most pain relief medicines, it does not reduce inflammation, it only relieves pain. This unique feature could make it an optimal choice in certain situations. Some formulations of the drug contain codeine, you should be aware of this and avoid using codeine-based products if your dog has a known allergy to the drug.

Tylenol dosage for dogs

The correct dosage of acetaminophen is 5 mg for every pound your dog weighs to be administered twice a day at 12 hour intervals. The safe dosage of codeine ranges from 0.22 to 0.55 mg/lb body weight when used in Tylenol (due to being administered less frequently than it usually would be). You should carefully check how much of each substance is contained within your formulation of Tylenol and ensure that any dosage you administer does not exceed these limits unless advised otherwise by your vet.

You should never give your dog Tylenol unless told to do so by your vet.

Is Tylenol safe for dogs?

Tylenol, though not ideal, can be an effective pain relief medicine for your dog when dosed correctly and approved by your vet. Always follow the instructions of a professional. You should never administer formulations of Tylenol which contain ibuprofen as the substance is highly toxic for dogs.

Tylenol is not usually advisable for use in dogs as there are safer options for pain relief specifically formulated for dogs such as carprofen (Rimadyl).

Safety precautions

  • Do not administer formulations of Tylenol which contain ibuprofen to your dog
  • Notify the vet of all other medication your dog is taking prior to Tylenol use
  • Notify the vet of all existing medical conditions which your dog suffers with
  • You should only use Tylenol under the approval and guidance of your vet
  • Avoid use in pregnant or lactating pups

Tylenol formulations may contain a variety of different active ingredients. You need to always check the packaging carefully to ensure the formulation does not contain any ibuprofen. If you accidentally administer ibuprofen to your dog you should immediately contact your vet or call the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) on (888) 426-4435. Tylenol may be dangerous for dogs suffering with liver disease amongst other conditions, and may interact with various drugs including Rimadyl for dogs.

Uses of Tylenol for dogs

Tylenol is a medication which is sometimes used to treat:

  • Pain

Be aware that Tylenol does not treat inflammation unlike many other pain relief medicines.

Side effects of giving Tylenol to your dog

Side effects of correctly dosed Tylenol includes vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, changes in mood and loss of appetite. At high doses your dog may experience difficulty breathing and livery/kidney damage. If you have accidentally administered an overdose of this medicine you should seek emergency veterinary care for your pet.

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Carprofen for dogs with pain and inflammation

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