Can You Give Paracetamol To Dogs?

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.

In fact, don't give any drug containing paracetamol (acetaminophen) dog.

If your dog 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.

Paracetamol Poisoning Symptoms

  • Excess salivation
  • Weakness in limbs
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Breathing problems
  • Very dark or black coloured poo
  • Discoloured urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain

Please know that 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 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 dog 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.

Why Would Anyone Give Paracetamol To A Dog?

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 dogs.

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

Why Might Pet Owners Give A Dog Paracetamol?

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


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


Eating sugar and its associates has been shown to cause inflammation throughout the body. And inflammation causes pain. So stop feeding your dog processed carbohydrate-rich dog food and while you are at it, 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 to minimise the effects of the frequencies, and natural 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.

How To Prevent The Causes Of Disease

You can optimise and maximise your pet's health by doing the following:

  1. Feed your dog as nature intended
  2. Add PET Plus to their diet to provide missing enzymes and micronutrients
  3. provide a fresh and plentiful supply of chemical free water every day
  4. minimize exposure to EMFs and chemicals
  5. exercise your dog out in nature, sunshine and fresh air on natural grass, and
  6. love your dog unconditionally,

If you follow those simple rules there is unlikely to be any use for drugs like paracetamol.

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2 comments on “Can You Give Paracetamol To Dogs?”

  1. We have a10yr old brown labrador, Bosco, who has, unfortunately, suffered with arthritis for a few years now. He has the added supplements umove, cod liver oil, and turmeric in his diet and we fight to keep his weight down. We take him swimming as often as possible because that's where he seems most comfortable - in the water. The vet has him on Metacam and now wants to add liquid paracetamol, because he notices significant less movement in his limbs. Looking at the ingredients it includes sugar, sorbitol and various additives. I'm in such a quandary. I want Bosco to feel more comfortable, obviously but is there any other way of including the paracetamol without the added 'crap'.

    1. Thanks for your message Irene.
      You have probably read the article on my website about arthritis and how to treat and prevent it.
      Would I be right in thinking you are doing all the things I suggested there? It's very unusual for a raw fed, properly hydrated, chemical free dog to even get arthritis!!! And once the necessary changes are made, the arthritic changes usually resolve, as they are just a degeneration of some of the body's structures.
      I'm glad you're using U Move. That's good stuff!
      I would stop the cod liver oil for numerous reasons:
      * it causes osteoporosis because the excessive amounts of vitamin A in it cause the osteoblasts (that lay down new bone) to stop working while the osteoclasts (that remove damaged bone for recycling), so it may even be preventing the repair of Bosco's damaged joints
      * the toxins of all animals' bodies are stored in fat when there are too many to be detoxified and excreted by the liver, so oil contains concentrated toxins
      * the liver is responsible for metabolizing the toxins, enabling them to be safely excreted through the bile and faeces, so consuming concentrated liver is a way of increasing your intake of toxins, definitely not a good idea!!!
      * we humans have made the sea into a dreadfully toxic soup. The cod and all sea fish have to live in it. They have to eat, drink and 'breathe' it. So they are all full of a massive toxic load. Eating fish is bad enough, but taking the concentrate of the oil of the liver of a toxic creature is definitely unhealthy and inadvisable.
      So I'd recommend you stop using cod liver oil immediately!
      Turmeric is an excellent idea. I just wrote an article on Golden Paste, which is a way of increasing the bio-availability of turmeric. When consumed with freshly ground black pepper and some cold pressed oil, like coconut oil, turmeric is 2000% more bioavailable!!! I prefer it all raw, so I just blend raw turmeric with the pepper and oil, rather than using the powder. You can use fresh coconut instead of coconut oil to make a delicious golden milk, which I bet Bosco would love.
      Aloe Vera is an excellent anti-inflammatory as well, so I would add that to his list of supplements. I find the Pukka Aloe Vera drink to be the cleanest. I'd give him 20 mls 4-6 times a day. You are giving him plenty of omega 3, so the apparent reduction in available omega 3 when taking aloe vera is unlikely to pose a problem.
      You could also easily double his Pet Plus intake too. That'd make sure he has enough omega 3, and it'll provide him with the enzymes and nutrients he needs to repair the damage and the antioxidants to reduce further damage.
      Personally, I wouldn't be using Metacam or Paracetamol, as drugs don't help to repair the damage. They just mask the symptoms. In fact, they slow down the repair process!!!
      Swimming is the best exercise for him to keep his joints moving and lubricated (the more the joints move, the more joint fluid is produced...) and to help him lose weight.
      The ingredients in Pet Plus will also help him lose weight, as will putting him on a raw food diet. Remember fat and excess weight are simply storage of toxins!
      I hope that answers your questions and gives you some positive things to do to help Bosco.

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