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Old 21-11-2010, 07:20 PM
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Do you think it is ok to give dog paracetamol?

Ok, might sound a daft question, but Joshua is driving me nuts. He has not stopped crying for about two hours and I think maybe his legs are hurting, but I don't have any painkillers till I go to the vet tomorrow.

A long time ago my then vet told me to give my retriever paracetamol or calpol 6+ when he had a blood clot removed from his ear. I don't have calpol.

He seems to shut up when I give him a cuddle (don't do it till he has shut up) so I am not sure. He used to have a habit of constantly crying but hasn't done so for a while now.

What do people think? Stick it out til tomorrow or not?
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Re: Do you think it is ok to give dog paracetamol?

is he spoilt and wanting attention
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Re: Do you think it is ok to give dog paracetamol?

I fairly sure its ok for dogs but NOT cats but no idea how much to give can you ring & ask your vets emergency number or the help line on your insurance if you have one for him x
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Re: Do you think it is ok to give dog paracetamol?

Personaly I wouldnt give him Paracetamol, I did give one of my past Labs one once when she went lame... and she collapsed

Just have to cuddle all night hope hes soon better
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Re: Do you think it is ok to give dog paracetamol?

I was told that I could give Bobby a quarter of one by the vet not that long ago and he was asleep long enough and it did him the world of good.
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Re: Do you think it is ok to give dog paracetamol?

Do you have aspirin? I think thats better than paracetamol. That said - last year my pup got cystitis and it started up in the evening. I rang the emergency vet (because she was still v young) and he told me to give her paracetamol and bring her in the next morning if she wasnt right. I gave it to her, she was much more comfy. Took her to the vets in the morning and his partner told me I shouldnt have given it to her
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Re: Do you think it is ok to give dog paracetamol?

I wouldn't. Apparently dogs don't metabolise it like humans so the dosage has to be spot on if used. The only human painkiller I give is tramadol, and that only in an emergency.
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Re: Do you think it is ok to give dog paracetamol?

I was told Paracetamol was toxic to dogs, but they can have ibuprofen. My dogs have all had Ibuprofen over the years with no side affects
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Re: Do you think it is ok to give dog paracetamol?

If you give aspirin or ibuprofen, feed him first (same as for us)
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Re: Do you think it is ok to give dog paracetamol?

Phone your OOH vet and ask. Dogs *can* have paracetamol/aspirin/ibuprofen BUT it should only be given on veterinary advice for that particular dog, at that particular time, for that particular condition, and the dose must be very accurate. (and cats are a nonono)
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