Dog Health

Can you give your dog Ibuprofen?

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Paula Terifaj
December 19, 2019 8:06AM

no, you cannot give ibuprofen to your dog unless your veterinarian specifically instructs you to do so. This includes brand names of ibuprofen, such as Advil, Motrin, and Midol. This drug is highly toxic to dogs and can easily cause poisoning. Veterinarians rarely recommend it due to the high potential for disastrous side effects or even death.

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Wiki User
February 16, 2014 4:16PM

No - dogs are very sensitive to the side effects of human pain medications (including ibuprofen, Tylenol, Advil, Excedrin, acetominophen and aspirin) and they can die from having it. It can cause fatal perforating stomach ulcers and liver damage with very little medication, as small as one pill in some dogs.

If you feel your dog would benefit from pain medication, you will need to make an appointment with your veterinarian. There are safe medications for your dog to manage pain but you can't get them without a veterinary prescription.
No, you should never give a dog ibuprofen - dogs are very sensitive to the side effects of ibuprofen. A single pill can be enough to cause a fatal perforating gastric ulcer.