I have been asked many times if it is OK to use Advil (Ibuprofen). IN fact a few of you reading this newsletter have probably done so.
Hopefully you had no problems.
It can cause serious health issues- and I saw it many times in practice.
Never use Advil for your dog, and don’t give ANY None steroidal anti-inflammatories to your cat.
Go with MANY of the alternative options first- few to NO side effects, and in some cases nearly as effective.
Advil is an NSAID or non steroidal anti-INFLAMMATORY WHICH PRODUCES dramatic drops in blood pressure, resulting in kidney damage, PLUS Severe stomach and intestinal damage.
A dog who ate an entire bottle
I had a conversation with an owner, who’s dog named Max who ate an entire bottle of Advil
Max had both of these problems- Kidney Damage and
He recovered after 7 days of treatment and much expense, but he will always have some degree of kidney disease.
Max’s owner told me that it took him over 2 hours
to see the emergency veterinarian, and in that time
most of the damage was done.
He was told NOT to do anything.
So what can you take from this?
FIRST: Keep ALL medications safely AWAY from your pets
SECOND: Know what to do IF they swallow any.
Here is what you should KNOW:
TO YOUR VETERINARIAN. If your pet is showing signs of ingesting
a poison, it is important that she is examined by your
veterinarian and treated appropriately. Some toxins can progress
and lead to severe seizures. If you suspect Antifreeze poisoning,
it must be treated within 4-6 hours, before irreversible kidney
damage is done.
PURGE THE POISON. In most cases of poisoning, getting your pet to
vomit is the most important thing that you can do.
To induce vomiting, give hydrogen peroxide at 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight. If your pet doesn’t vomit in 10 minutes, repeat again. NEVER do more than 2 treatments of peroxide. You can also try salt: dilute 1 teaspoon of salt in a tablespoon of water per every 10lbs of body weight.
DELAY ABSORPTION. Activated charcoal is readily available at most
pharmacies. It delays absorption of any toxin by binding to the
toxic compound in the stomach. The easiest way is to give the
capsule form. For those garbage-eating dogs (such as my own dog)
it is a good idea to have hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal
always on hand.