Can I Give My Dog Tylenol or Ibuprofen?

A common question asked by pet owners.

November 19, 2021
3 min read

Never give your pet an over-the-counter medication without consulting your veterinarian.

Tylenol

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a pain reliever and fever reducer for humans. Most humans can tolerate it, but it can be toxic for your pet. Dogs may experience severe health issues if they consume acetaminophen. In pets, acetaminophen does not reduce inflammation. There are other pain relief medications developed and approved specifically for dogs that your veterinarian can advise you about.

If your pet consumes Tylenol or any other acetaminophen, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Potential consequences of acetaminophen ingestion in dogs:

  • Injury to the liver
  • Affected blood cells may be unable to carry oxygen
  • Lethargy
  • Increased breathing rates
  • Vomiting and dehydration
  • Death

If your dog is in pain, see your veterinarian for appropriate treatments. Giving them Tylenol can be toxic.

Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat mild to severe pain in humans. While similar to Tylenol, it works differently. Ibuprofen is an NSAID—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It can be toxic for your pet to consume. Dogs are more sensitive to the effects of Ibuprofen than humans. Dogs metabolize Ibuprofen differently than humans. Even low doses can cause life-threating side effects.

If your pet consumes Ibuprofen, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Ibuprofen side effects that may occur in dogs:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Poor appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Liver damage

Never give your pet an over-the-counter medication without consulting your veterinarian. Ibuprofen and Tylenol can be toxic for your pet. Consult with your veterinarian to find the best medication to relieve your pet’s pain.

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