Safety of Over-the-Counter Medications
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Q. Are over-the-counter medications safe for my pet?
 
A. You should only use human over-the-counter medications on your pet under the direct supervision of your veterinarian. Some human medications such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, and even aspirin (in cats) can be toxic, and even lethal to pets. Pound-for-pound, doses for animals are not always the same as for people. You could very easily overdose or underdose your pet. In addition, your pet may have a medical condition which could be worsened by the use of some human medications. We repeat, NEVER use over-the-counter human medications on your pet unless you are advised to do so by your veterinarian. If your veterinarian does prescribe them, be sure to follow the dosage instructions exactly.

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