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Can You Give Paracetamol To Dogs Or Cats?

Updated On
24-Mar-2020
By
Dr. Susanna
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The short answer is no! Never give paracetamol to dogs and also, never give paracetamol to cats. Just don't.

Dogs And Paracetamol

No - you cannot give paracetamol to a dog safely. Even if a dog is in pain, dog owners should never give paracetamol to their dogs because paracetamol can be poisonous to dogs.

Cats And Paracetamol

Cats are even more sensitive the toxicity of Paracetamol, so it should never be given to cats under any circumstances.

In fact, don't give any drug containing paracetamol (acetaminophen) to your cat or dog either.

If your dog or cat has eaten some paracetamol, it is essential to take them to the veterinarian immediately for life saving treatment. If they survive, this might prevent long term kidney and liver damage.

Activated charcoal or clay can help in a crisis!

In addition, you could give them some activated charcoal or clay (e.g. argiletz green clay or bentonite clay or straight kaolin) to adsorb the toxin in the stomach which will reduce the amount that can be absorbed into the blood.

This is urgent, as the toxin will be absorbed within about 20 minutes, which is why paracetamol is such a quick pain reliever for humans.

It is extremely dangerous to give a dog or cat any human painkillers, although a qualified veterinary surgeon may decide to prescribe human medication in very specific circumstances. Vets have full knowledge of the drug's effects and side effects.

Veterinarians have prescribed paracetamol to dogs for pain relief, but because dogs are relatively small animals, the dosage of paracetamol is very specific. They are likely to be poisoned if they eat more than 75 mg per kilogram body weight.

Even if your pet is in pain, do not be tempted to give any human painkillers as they are extremely likely to be toxic to dogs, cats and other animals.

For more information, check the Pet Poison Helpline website and read about the dangers of paracetamol.

A Near Squeak For Cyrus

I know of one pet that survived being mistakenly given paracetamol (Ibuprofen) by his well-meaning owner. He was a cat called Cyrus.

He had been on a 100% raw food diet for many years. Having recently moved house, he was involved in a ferocious cat fight and developed 2 large abscesses.

His owner gave him what she thought was an antibiotic tablet. But 2 days later, as his health was rapidly deteriorating, she realized it was Ibuprofen.

The veterinarian kept Cyrus in the hospital for 2 days on intravenous fluids and a cocktail of drugs as his kidneys were deteriorating. But the vet refused to offer him anything other than dry 'kidney diet' kibble, which he wouldn't eat, so she brought Cyrus home.

At home, feeding Cyrus a little and often on raw food with Pet Plus for Cats and carefully syringing filtered water into his mouth hourly, he made a remarkable recovery in 4 days.

I suspect that if he hadn't been raw fed and taken Pet Plus for Cats and had such a devoted, loving owner, his kidneys would never have recovered.

Why Would Anyone Give Paracetamol?

I'm shocked at the number of people who reach for a painkiller to obscure the symptoms of some ailment or another, and inflict the same horror on their dearly beloved pets.

Symptoms are messages to alert us that something is wrong! They're not caused by paracetamol deficiency and deserve to be properly investigated.

Nine times out of ten, paracetamol is misused to "treat" the results of one or more of the following preventable lifestyle errors:

Dehydration

Dehydration, resulting from not drinking enough chemical free water and eating dried foods, like kibble, can result in pain. So filter all your pet's water, and your own, providing fresh filtered water every day. And feed clean wet food, preferably raw.

Sugar

Eating sugar and its associates has been shown to cause inflammation throughout the body. And inflammation causes pain. So stop feeding your pets processed carbohydrate-rich food and stop eating it yourself!

Omega 3 Deficiency

Lack of omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) combined with an excess of omega 6 is commonly associated with pain and inflammation. Flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts are some of the best sources of omega 3, the anti-inflammatory EFA.

Electromagnetic Frequencies

Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMFs) and chemicals of all descriptions are alien to the body and irritating. This can cause inflammation and pain, so it's best to avoid them and use natural techniques and products instead.

Fevers are often mistakenly seen as undesirable and reduced by paracetamol and other anti-inflammatory drugs. In reality, the body produces a fever to speed up the immune system's ability to deal with invaders, like bacteria and viruses.

So reducing the temperature slows the immune response and turns an acute illness into a long and chronic one.

Prevent The Causes Of Disease

So in summary, if you

  1. feed your pet as nature intended
  2. provide a fresh and plentiful supply of chemical free water every day
  3. minimize exposure to EMFs and chemicals
  4. exercise your pet out in nature, sunshine and fresh air on natural grass, and
  5. love your pet unconditionally,

there is unlikely to be any use for drugs like paracetamol.

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