Household Medication Guide

The following is a list of common household human medications that can be used safely on pets.
These safe human medications can be extremely useful if you can’t reach a veterinarian immediately.


Product Common Usage Canine Dosage Feline Dosage
Benadryl Treats Allergies, Itching, etc. ½ – 1 mg per lb.
Every 8 Hours
Maximum Dosage
2mg per lb.
½ mg per lb.
Every 8 Hours
Can cause Excitability
Dramamine Reduced motion sickness 2-4 mg/lb
Every 8 Hours
2-4 mg/lb
Every 8 Hours
Hydrogen Peroxide 3% Used to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion of poisons 1 ml per pound- up to 45lbs
Repeat after 15 minutes if not vomiting (Do not exceed 3 times)
not recommended
Kaopectate Relieves Diarrhea 1 ml per lb
Every 2 hours
1 ml per lb
Every 2 hours
Mineral Oil Eliminates Constipation Up to 4 tsp daily Up to 2 tsp daily
Canned Pumpkin Eliminates Constipation 2-3 tsp
Every 8-12 Hours
1-2 tsp
Every 8-12 Hours
Pepto Bismol Diarrhea, Anti-vomiting, Gas 1 tsp per 5 lbs or 1 caplet per 20 lbs
Every 6 hours (not safe for long term use)
NOT RECOMMENDED!
Robitussin DM Coughing, Hacking 1 tsp per 20 lb
Every 8-12 Hours
NOT RECOMMENDED!
Ibuprofen & Tylenol DO NOT USE!!! DO NOT USE!!! DO NOT USE!!!
Zyrtec Allergies 1 mg/kg
Can be given twice daily
1/2 of a 10mg tab
Can be given once daily

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