Many different types of over-the-counter medications are used to address human medical conditions as well as canine medical conditions. Typically, over-the-counter medications do not require a prescription, but first and foremost, always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any medication. Your vet will give you appropriate directions and dosage specifically for your dog. Medication dosage is an important consideration when administering a drug to an animal. You should never use the label of a human drug to figure out the dose for your pet. Some canine medications do require a prescription written by a veterinarian.
Dog Friendly Medications
Below is a list of some dog friendly over-the-counter medications. All these medications must be used with caution and at the direction of your veterinarian.
- Allergy medications: Claritin and Benadryl can be used to treat allergic reactions in dogs. Medications with antihistamines are relatively safe – do not use medications with decongestants. Decongestants are not safe for dogs.
- Gastrointestinal Medications: Antacids including famotidine and omeprazole can be given to dogs and cats.
- Dramamine: This is an antihistamine that can prevent motion sickness. There are dog specific versions of Dramamine.
- Cold and cough medicine: Most cough and cold medicines are not safe for your dog because they contain decongestants. Robitussin DM can be given to dogs to treat a cough, but in low amounts and only under the advisement of a veterinarian.
- CBD products: CBD drops and treats are thought to treat several conditions like anxiety, inflammation, and joint pain. Contact your vet for suggestions and dosage recommendations. CBD may interact with your dog’s current medications.
- Topical creams: Antibiotic creams, like Neosporin, can treat minor cuts and scrapes. Topical creams are safe for dogs if they do not contain steroids. Neosporin does not contain steroids.
- Cosequin joint supplement: This supplement contains glucosamine which can support joint health. Follow vet dosage recommendations.
Several guidelines must be considered before dogs receive any medications. You must consider their general health, previous medications, age, breed, and size. Consult a veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline, at (855) 764-7661, if you have any questions or concerns.