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Household Medication Guide

Some human medications can be safely used to treat pets. If you are unable to reach a veterinarian immediately, using human medication can be very helpful. If a medication is not listed on this guide, do not use it on your pet. Wait until you are able to bring your pet in for an examination from a vet.

Let the staff at Lafayette Veterinary Care Center care for your pet in their time of need

Benadryl

This medication can treat allergies, itching and other allergy-related symptoms.

Canine Dosage: ½-1 mg per pound every 8 hours. Maximum dosage is 2 mg per pound.

Feline Dosage: ½ mg per pound every 8 hours. Benadryl can cause excitability in cats.

Dramamine

Dramamine reduces motion sickness in pets.

Canine Dosage: 2–4 mg per pound every 8 hours

Feline Dosage: 2–4 mg per pound every 8 hours

Hydrogen Peroxide 3%

You can use hydrogen peroxide 3% to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion of poisons.

Canine Dosage: 1 ml per pound up to 45 pounds. Repeat after 15 minutes if your dog has not vomited. Do not exceed 3 times.

Feline Dosage: use of hydrogen peroxide is not recommended for cats.

Kaopectate

This medication relieves diarrhea

Canine Dosage: 1 ml per pound ever 2 hours

Feline Dosage: 1 ml per pound every 2 hours

Mineral Oil

This medication relieves constipation

Canine Dosage: up to 4 teaspoons daily

Feline Dosage: up to 2 teaspoons daily

Canned Pumpkin

This medication relieves constipation

Canine Dosage: 2-3 teaspoons every 8-12 hours

Feline Dosage: 1-2 teaspoons every 8-12 hours

Pepto Bismol

Pepto Bismol relieves diarrhea, vomiting and gas

Canine Dosage: 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds or 1 caplet per 20 pounds every 6 hours. This medication is not safe for long-term use

Feline Dosage: this medication is not recommended for cats

Robitussin DM

This medication can relieve coughing and hacking

Canine Dosage: 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds every 8-12 hours

Feline Dosage: use of Robitussin DM is not recommended for cats

Zyrtec

This medication can relieve allergies

Canine Dosage: 1 mg per kilogram can be given twice daily

Feline Dosage: ½ of a 10 mg tablet can be given once daily