Why You Should Never Give Your Dog Ibuprofen - Vet's Critical Warning For Pet Owners
LifeAspire Staff 5/22/2017
With the prevalence of smart phones and the internet, not many questions go unanswered for long these days; but what makes information so easy to access, doesn't always guarantee truth and reliability.
Finding this out the hard way is a pet owner who regrettably believed the information posted on an internet discussion board without doing any further research.
The story is a bit graphic as you will see, but it is worth sharing to make sure that others don't repeat the same mistake again.
It may just save your pet's life.
Adults are familiar with the use of over-the-counter ibuprofen in curing many minor aches and pains. And if a drug can work so well in humans, perhaps many would think that it would do the same in animals as well.
Although it may seem harmless, there's a good reason you should avoid giving dogs this medication. Even in humans, a prolonged use of ibuprofen is known to cause many side effects including stroke, and intestinal, kidney and liver damage.
For pets like dogs, the drug is even more toxic and doesn't take long to produce some really bad effects. Roxy the PTSD Service Dog shared a post on its Facebook page with a note from a veterinary ER nurse. This is what the nurse said:
"Just a reminder, ibuprofen is NOT meant for use in dogs -for managing arthritis, or anything else! ...This owner was told in a Facebook group it was safe to give, then brought the dog in for "bleeding from the mouth." Immediately after we brought the pet into the treatment area, he proceeded to vomit up this delicious, gelatinous nightmare..."
For those who might be shocked by the amount and the color of the dog vomit, and the picture of the dog just laying around, at least we know that the dog made it out okay after some heavy intervention from the vet. But as the post states, the stress and the bill from this careless act, were both quite hefty.
Facebook/Roxy The PTSD Service Dog
Dr. Tiffany Margolin is a vet, who for the last 25 years has focused her career in helping pets with more holistic solutions based on nutrition rather than just drugs. According to Dr. Tiffany, ibuprofen is simply bad news for dogs and this is why:
"At very high levels it affects the central nervous system like lethargy, depression, seizures etc. Lower levels when there's toxicity, you will see things like gastrointestinal bleeding which is the most common effect (hence the bloody vomit), and there is varying damage to the tubes of the kidneys."
The reason why dogs react so differently, and negatively might we add, than their human friends is because of the difference in their anatomy. Here is Dr. Tiffany again:
"If we took some of the things that we prescribe the dogs, it can cause problems with our liver or kidneys. That is why we consult our own doctors when taking medications. ... It is never ever wise to take advice from anyone other than a veterinarian regarding the administration of over-the-counter medications for your pet."
So next time you are prowling the inter-webs for an answer to one of your or your pets health issues, makes sure to take the information with a grain of salt and always, always, consult a vet to make sure your pet's health is not put in further danger!
Sources: Good Housekeeping, Mayo Clinic FB Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Facebook/Roxy The PTSD Service Dog