Over the counter medications are convenient for people, as they relieve symptoms without a prescription when you need something in a pinch. I don’t like to take medications, but I do frequently get migraines and have an OTC migraine medicine that is a lifesaver...but I digress.
When I was younger, I remember my mom being told to give our little mixed breed, Daisy, half of a Benadryl when she had an allergic reaction to ant bites. Her at home medicine cabinet remedy isn’t the only one I’ve heard of either. Louis C.K., the hilariously subversive comic, was on Conan recently. He talked about an incident where he saved his dog’s life with hydrogen peroxide…in the hilarious manner that you can only get from Louis C.K. (NOTE: He is going to call the dog dumb. He is going to talk about the measures he has to go to get her to drink the hydrogen peroxide. Take it with a grain of salt and humor, people).
Mom’s home remedy and Louis C.K.’s life-saver aren’t alone. Some sites, like Yahoo or WebMD say that giving your pet certain over the counter medications like Aspirin is okay, while others, like one vet’s website, say that aspirin is lethal in any dose. There is so much conflicting information out there that I doubt I would ever give Arie anything without being directly told to by a vet in the moment of need, just to be on the safe side.
Have you ever given your pet OTC medications usually meant for people? Were you told to by a vet, friend, or your intuition? Tell me about it in a comment here, or on Life with Arie’s Facebook page.
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