I gave my dog half a tylenol?

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my german shepherd has pano, and has been in some intense pain the last 3 or 4 days. my mom gave her an Ibreoprofen 200mg(sp?) a few times, one per day at the most, and it seemed to help.

tonight my dog has been in much pain so the fastest thing i found was extra strength tylenol, but knowing 500mg is a lot, i broken it in half.

ive read just know that tylenol is bad for dogs, well mostly regular people said this, but vets just dont recommend it.

she is 62 lbs, and now im worried that maybe ive done something stupid...i could not take it if she had any damage done to her by the pill.....

she seems a lot calmer now, and since its 3:30 am here, she is sleeping like always. but so far she seems fine

will she be alright?




  1. Yeah, you've done something stupid.  No two ways about it.  She's probably in pain from all the ibuprofen your mom stupidly gave her.

    Get her to the vet, don't even waste time asking us.

  2. call the vet  

  3. You've done a bad thing but you weren't to know any better.

    It is wise to NEVER give dog human medications, unless otherwise prescribed by a vet. It can and will have a negative effect on the dog, so take your dog to the vet to be on the safe side and maybe get some pain medication for your dog.

  4. Ibuprofen and Tylenol both cause kidney failure in dogs and cats The dog needs to be seen immediately and treated or the damage could be permeate and fatal. You can all the ASPCA poison control number at 1800-426-4435.  

  5. Your dog should be okay...but I would suggest baby aspirin next time. Since she is a larger breed dog I would suggest half of the baby aspirin, but I would contact your vet for an alternative pain medicine.

  6. There must be a 24-hour vet clinic in your phone book. Please call them to check!

  7. you need to get her to the vet asap and let them try to help, if its not too late.  and then make sure you never do something that stupid again.

  8. I had always thought you shouldn't  but I did research and some VETS do use  TYLENOL but with a very small dosage.  SO TALK TO YOUR VET .From what I read though there are safer medicines for dog..Added;I see some thumbs down so here is some info:

    Acetaminophen (Tylenol™) safety in dogs and cats

    Question: Hi Dr Mike:

                     I have a question about Acetaminophen (Tylenol™).  The  Receptionist at our local veterinarian told us that in case of fever, it was ok to give our dogs a Tylenol™ and NOT to give them ASPIRIN, or IBUPROFEN.

    According to the AVMA Pet Poison Guide ratings scale, it appears  to me that the Acetaminophen (Tylenol™) is more dangerous then the ASPIRIN, or IBUPROFEN.  Is this true or am I misunderstanding what I am reading or was this by chance a misprint?

             What would you recommend be given to a dog in case of a fever  ASPIRIN, IBUPROFEN, Acetaminophen (Tylenol™) or something else?

    Thank you for your time.  I hope to hear from you soon,   David

    Answer: David-


    Based on reactions in our canine patients, this is the ranking I would give these medications:  safest = acetaminophen (Tylenol tm),  also safe = aspirin,  less safe = ibuprofen (Advil tm, Motrin Rx).  However, this is the ranking that I would give them based on the reports in the literature and factoring in the likelihood of a bad reaction causing death:  safest = aspirin, also safe but less so = acetaminophen and less safe = ibuprofen.

    The reason for these rankings include these things. Aspirin is reasonably likely to cause gastric ulcers, which can be life threatening if ignored but which respond to withdrawal of the medication. Acetaminophen doesn't seem to cause ulcers but there are uncommon reactions to it in which liver failure occurs and this may not respond to therapy, so death is a possibility. Ibuprofen is very likely to cause ulcers, with 100% of dogs developing ulcers with the use of ibuprofen in at least one study. On the other hand, lots of my clients come in and tell me "I gave my dog an ibuprofen last night" and I have only had to treat one or two cases of ulcers and I can't recall a dog dying from this medication, yet.

    My personal preference for pain and fever in dogs is aspirin but we do warn our clients to discontinue the medication if the dog stops eating and to call us or come in for a recheck if that happens.

    Mike Richards, DVM



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