Is It Safe to Give a Dog Tylenol?


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The active ingredient in Tylenol, acetaminophen, is toxic to dogs and should never be given to them unless under supervision by a trained veterinarian. While Tylenol is a relatively safe and popular pain reliever for human beings, dogs differ radically in their ability to metabolize the drug.

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Dogs can experience symptoms of liver toxicity after consuming seemingly small amounts of the drug; however, sometimes veterinarians prescribe very small doses of Tylenol to treat chronic pain in dogs. When Tylenol is given to dogs in a controlled manner, it is not harmful, but full-dose pills or gel caps designed for adult human consumption can cause liver damage, especially if a curious, unsupervised dog eats more than one dose.

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