Is Tylenol or Advil safe for dogs?


Quick Answer

Advil is only safe for dogs when recommended by a veterinarian, and Tylenol should never be given to dogs. If a dog is in pain, pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs of any kind should only be given under the supervision of a vet.

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Advil falls under the category of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS. NSAIDS work by blocking the enzyme responsible for pain, swelling and fever. Giving a dog Advil or any kind of ibuprofen can lead to serious side effects, especially when given in inappropriate doses or combined with other medications.

Tylenol or any type of acetaminophen has no effect on inflammation and may damage a dog's liver and kidneys, even in small doses.

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