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Human Medication Dosage For Use In Dogs

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Some human medicines are also effective for dogs, however the dosages are usually lower due mostly to the smaller size of the animal. Note that these medications are not FDA approved for use in dogs or cats and should only be used under the guidance of your veterinarian. Call your vet to find exact dosage requirements for your pet and ensure the safety of administration.


Medications for Dogs

Medication Use Dosage Method of Administration Frequency
A & D Ointment Antibacterial ointment for scrapes and wounds Apply a thin coating Topical 3 - 4 times a day for 7 - 10 days
Anbesol Topical anesthetic for mouth pain   Dab on liquid with cotton swab 1 - 2 times a day for up to 2 days
Aspirin (buffered; enteric coated) Analgesic, anti-inflammatory 4 - 10 mg per pound of body weight (dose varies with the purpose of the medication) With food Once daily
Aveeno Oatmeal Medicated Bath For soothing itchy skin   Use as a bath rinse As often as 3 times per week
Benadryl Antihistamine 1 - 2mg per pound of body weight Oral Every 8 hours
Betadine Skin Cleanser Antiseptic liquid soap for cleaning on or around wounds Use full strength to wash the affected area    
Betadine Solution Antiseptic Dilute to 0.2% (2ml to 2 quarts of water - or the color of weak tea) Topical As prescribed for cleaning the wound.
Bufferin Pain reliever 10 - 25mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight Oral 2 - 3 times a day
Burow's Solution Topical antiseptic   Moisten cotton ball and apply to wound  
Caladryl Soothing topical lotion for pain and itching   Paint on sore area  
Charcoal (compressed activated charcoal) Binds stomach poisons 5g per 10 pounds of body weight Oral Keep at least 30 tablets available, give once and only under the direction of a veterinarian
Chlorhexidine Solution (Nolvasan, ect..) Antiseptic Dilute to 0.05% (25ml to 2 quarts, 1.9Liters water) Topical As prescribed for cleaning the wound
Cortaid Anti-itch cream     Apply once or twice daily as needed
Desitin Soothing ointment     Rub on affected area
Dramamine For motion sickness 2 - 4mg per pound of body weight Oral Every 8 hours
Ducolax For constipation 5 - 20mg tablet or 1/2 to 2 pediatric suppositories (10mg) Oral Once a day
Epsom Salts Soothing soak for irritated, itchy skin 1 cup per gallon of water Topical Soak The affected area
Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) Used to induce vomiting 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight Oral You may repeat every 15-30 minutes (max 3 times)
Hypo Tears Eye lubricant   Topical Apply 4 - 12 times per day
Iodine Topical antiseptic   Paint on wound  
Ipecac Syrup Emetic to promote vomiting 1 teaspoon per 20lb, up to 3 tsp    
Kaolin and pectin (beware - some formulations contain salicylates For persistent diarrhea 1/2 to 1ml per pound of body weight (or 1 - 2 teaspoons per 10 pounds) Oral Every 6 hours
Kayopectate For diarrhea 1/2 - 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds Oral A maximum of 2 tablespoons every 8 hours
Lanacane Topical anesthetic   Apply to sore area with gauze pad  
Massengill Disposable Douche Odor neutralizer for skunk spray or body odor Mix 2 oz per gal of water   Use a soak for 15 min, then bathe as usual
Metamucil (unflavored) For constipation or to add fiber to the diet 1 teaspoon per 11 - 22 pounds Mix in with food Once daily - for short term use, unless otherwise directed
Milk of Magnesia, Mylanta, Maalox Antacid, laxative, gas 2 - 4ml per pound of body weight Oral Every 12 - 24 hours
Mineral Oil Lubricant, laxative 5ml per 20 pounds of body weight Add to food - do not give separately due to aspiration risk Twice daily - only for 2 - 3 days
Triple Antibiotic Ointment Antibiotic for preventing wound infection   Topical Apply 3 - 4 times daily as needed
Pedialyte or Gatorade For dehydration Mix 50/50 with water Oral Offer as much as the dog wants
Pepcid Histamine blocker for antacid effect, and vomiting 1mg per pound of body weight Injection or Oral Once or twice daily
Pepto-Bismol For Diarrhea 0.5 - 1.5ml per pound of body weight Oral Every 12 hours
Preparation H For a sore anal area     Apply up to 4 times daily
Prilosec (omeprazole) Antacid, ulcer medication 0.25 - 0.50mg per pound of body weight Oral Once daily
Robitussin DM, Benylin Expectorant Cough Suppressant 0.50 - 1mg per pound of body weight (or 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds) Oral Every 6 hours
Solarcaine Topical pain reliever and anesthetic   Topical Apply to sore area once or twice daily for up to 2 days
Tagamet (cimetidine) Histamine blocker for antacid effect 10mg per lb of body weight Oral 2 - 3 times per day
Tylenol Pain reliever Ask your vet Ask your vet Ask your vet
Vicks VapoRub For congestion   Topical Smear a small amount on your pet's chin for easier breathing
Witch hazel Astringent / topical antiseptic     Dab on affected area
Zantac (ranitidine) Histamine blocker for antacid effect 150 - 300mg per pound of body weight Add to meals Daily - divide total dose over several meals throughout the day