Sunday, November 27, 2011

Self Medicating

With the holiday season upon us, I thought I would share some common household medications that can be used for dogs as well.  As always, you should contact your vet before giving any medication to your dog long-term but these are pretty safe to use in situations where getting to your vet right away is not an option.

Common Use
Canine Dosage
Buffered Aspirin
Pain relief, anti-inflammatory
18-12 mg per lb every 12 hours.
Treats allergies, itching, etc.
½ mg per lb every 8 hours. Max dose 2 mg per lb.
Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
Used to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion of toxic items.
1-3 tsp by mouth every 15 minutes until vomiting occurs.  DO NOT induce vomiting if it has been more than 2 hours since ingestion.
Reduces motion sickness.
Up to 50 mg every 8 hours.
Pepto Bismol
For diarrhea, vomiting and anti-gas.
1 tsp per 5 lbs every 6 hours.

Hopefully, you won't have to use any of these this holiday season.  Also, as The Chronicles of Cardigan pointed out, pureed pumpkin is also an excellent way to treat diarrhea and/or constipation but typically works a little slower.


  1. Thanks for posting this. Not that I'm hoping to have to use it, I've always wondered about the Benadryl dosage - in case of a bug bite or something. Interestingly, many years ago, actually had a vet tell me go home and give Molly Pepto for a bout of colitis. It worked.

  2. Sam gets a 25mg Benadryl every day to help with his allergies - airborne stuff that make his eyes goopy. Instead of liquid Pepto, I will use half a Pepto caplet. It's a lot easier to get a caplet into a dog than liquid, sometimes.