Many people would agree that pets are family. As family members, we want to provide for and protect them whenever we can. So when we see our pets acting painful, our instinct is to jump in and help. We receive lots of calls asking about giving human pain medication to pets such as Tylenol (Acetaminophen), Advil (Ibuprofen), aspirin, various prescription medication and more. As much as we hate to see pets in pain, we NEVER recommend giving these types of medications. Instead we urge clients to visit their veterinarians for the appropriate help their pets need.  But why?

  1. Human medications can actually cause organ damage in pets, specifically the liver and kidneys. While pet parents want to eliminate the pain, they can unknowingly create a bigger problem.
  2. Masking the pain can cause greater damage. For instance, if your pet has pulled a muscle and then given pain medication without a veterinarian’s guidance, they can get back to “feeling normal” and exacerbate the problem, causing further damage and pain.
  3. Giving human medication can eliminate the appropriate and often better medication options the veterinarian can give. Due to the stress on your pet’s kidneys and liver from human medication, your pet may not be able to take the recommended medication as it could now be unsafe and cause further insult to your pet’s internal organs. This delays treatment and possible relief for your pet.

Giving human medication can eliminate the appropriate and often better medication options the veterinarian can give. Due to the stress on your pet’s kidneys and liver from human medication, your pet may not be able to take the recommended medication as it could now be unsafe and cause further insult to your pet’s internal organs. This delays treatment and possible relief for your pet.