Q: Is it OK to give a dog or cat an OTC human medication?
Oz Says: Many people dole out meds including antihistamines, ibuprofen, and aspirin, according to a survey by the pet insurance company More Than. That's dangerous, folks. Even if your pet can handle certain OTC meds, the incorrect dose could lead to serious trouble, says vet Kara Osterbur at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, IL. Too much ibuprofen can cause kidney failure, stomach ulcers, and neurologic problems in dogs. And it doesn't take much acetaminophen to cause liver failure and even death in dogs and cats.
You also might diagnose the problem wrong, treating it with something that won't help and delaying a medication that will. When your pet is sick, call the vet. Sometimes trouble can be cleared up over the phone, without an office trip.
This story originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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