It can be worrisome to see your dog in pain. It can also be extremely tempting to give Tylenol to your dog when you see that your dog is suffering from pain and swelling. To keep it straight-forward, you need to avoid Tylenol for your dog at all cost. Other over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen must be avoided as well. Those type of drugs are made for human consumption and not for dogs.
The dangers of Tylenol for dogs
Tylenol can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, intestinal problems, loss of appetite, bleeding disorders, kidney or liver dysfunction or failure. They may even die without appropriate treatment. Because of this, it is never safe to give your dog any sort of over the counter medicine such as Tylenol.
Another thing is that certain dogs are more sensitive to those type of medicine compared to other dogs. Think of this as a food allergy. The wrong amount of drugs can make your dog end up in a serious terrible position.
No one is exactly sure how Tylenol works to reduce pain and swelling, but when dogs ingest toxic amounts of Tylenol, it destroys their liver cells, damages the kidneys, and can result in poor oxygen delivery throughout the body and tissue damage.
So what can I give my dog that is suffering from pain and swelling?
It is important to first diagnose the cause of the pain and swelling. This could be a numerous amount of reasons and going to your local vet might be the best option.
If it isn’t a serious situation, you can try changing up the diet by adding some Omega 3 nutrition to your dog’s meals.
If it is a joint problem, foods with a lower caloric density but normal amounts of protein can help dogs lose weight while maintaining muscle mass and strength. Reducing body fat and promoting lean body mass decreases stress on joints and inflammation throughout the body.
You can also try to supplement your dog with some omega-3 supplements by using over the counter supplements.
What is NSAID?
NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are among the most common pain relief drugs used on a daily basis.
NSAIDs work on a chemical level. They block the effects of special enzymes specifically Cox-1 enzymes. These enzymes play a key role in making prostaglandins. By blocking the Cox enzymes, NSAIDs stop your body from making as many prostaglandins. This means less swelling and less pain.
Usually, when your dog is in pain, your vet might prescribe some sort of NSAID for your dog depending on your dog’s medical history. However, you have to know that the NSAID drugs that your vet will be prescribing won’t be ones that you can purchase over the counter. You would normally need to have the vet prescribe them.
Regular NSAID that you can purchase over the counter such as Tylenol should not be given to your dog at all cost.