There are lots of drugs that don’t have to abide by the stringent rules of the written prescription – most of which you’ve probably heard of. Nonetheless, I feel the need to describe them because maybe, just maybe, there’s something I can add to your basic understanding of these medications, their indications and contraindications.
Some good information. Just remember to not self diagnose your pet. Always have a professional veterinary diagnosis.
List Of Acceptable Human Meds
This list has been a lifesaver for me! It has saved me lots of unnecessary trips to the vet — when I could simply provide dog-friendly doses of over-the-counter medications that we already had on hand.
One of the human meds for dogs we use most frequently in our household is Benadryl. By the way, sometimes it’s easier to give the liquid form of safe dog medications instead of the pill form.
However, when I asked my vet for the liquid dosage specifically for Benadryl, she said to always give a dog the pill form of Benadryl instead!
Otherwise, you would have to give way too much of it from a bottle and it wouldn’t be cost-effective — especially if you have a large dog.
Other Dog Medications From The Human Medicine
To the above charts showing human meds vet approved, I would also add: Neosporin and Hydrocortisone cream (or gel or spray) — as discussed in this article.
I use Neosporin and Hydrocortisone cream a lot with my dogs — sometimes in addition to Benadryl, other times without giving Benadryl.
Whenever I notice a small nick or scratch on my dog’s paw or nose or a hot spot, which one of my dogs gets a lot from obsessively licking her paw, I put either Neosporin (to help cuts heal faster) or Hydrocortisone cream (to help stop the itch) on it.
While it won’t hurt your dog if they lick it, it’s recommended that you use a dog cone or e-collar to keep them from licking it all off — before it has had time to work.
More Household Medications For Pets Charts
- Here’s another similar chart showing household emergency medications for pets.
- Here’s a list of human antibiotics that are safe for dogs.
- Here is the Pet Poison Helpline’s list of the top 10 human medications that are NOT safe for pets.
- Here’s the Animal Poison Control Center’s top 10 UNSAFE human medicine for dogs.