14 year old Border Terrier given paracetamol by the vet

(32 Posts)
Justfivemoreminutesplease Mon 24-Feb-20 21:36:25

For arthritis in her back legs and to be fair, she seems to be much more active 3 weeks in. She’s on liquid paracetamol twice a day. The vet said it was “just like what we give children”. The medicine looks and smells just like Calpol - but really, is it?!?

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Bananarama12 Mon 24-Feb-20 21:40:47

Yes it really is!

Justfivemoreminutesplease Mon 24-Feb-20 21:55:53

Really?! It seems ‘wrong’ to go upstairs and use the children’s medicine rather than pay £14 odd for a third of a bottle from the vet!! But...... grin I assume it’s the aged 6 and under, rather than the 6+ stuff hmm

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StuckBetweenDarknessAndLight Mon 24-Feb-20 21:57:35

Yes it's fine. My dog was given doggy paracetamol, can't remember the name but there are stock problems and she told me to give him paracetamol instead. It's a lot cheaper!

Bananarama12 Mon 24-Feb-20 22:00:00

Just make sure it's the one with no xylotol in it.

Justfivemoreminutesplease Mon 24-Feb-20 22:14:46

Perfect - thanks all

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Motorina Mon 24-Feb-20 22:41:16

Yup. My dog was on paracetamol for a while - used to buy the value tablets which cost pennies, rather than the expensive vet stuff.

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Toddlerteaplease Mon 24-Feb-20 23:11:55

My vet has bottles of calpol
on the shelves In their dispensary.

Toddlerteaplease Mon 24-Feb-20 23:13:24

I use over the counter chloramphenicol for my cat when she gets conjunctivitis. When the vet gave me the exact same stuff we use on. Humans at work. And Charged £7 for it

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Mon 24-Feb-20 23:19:22

Yep, my vet suggested half a 'normal' paracetamol twice daily for DDog's stiff joint pain.

crankyhousewife Wed 26-Feb-20 07:57:46

Our dog has been on paracetamol for a couple of months but following the vets advice we just give him cheap, bog standard human paracetamol wrapped in a piece of ham or soft cheese. Much cheaper than the metacam he's also on.

Frouby Wed 26-Feb-20 08:04:03

My cousins little dog is on calpol because she can't tolerate metacam. It's fine to give and fine to buy otc stuff instead of expensive vet prescribed stuff. Just work out his dose and give the equivalent calpol.

All sorts of human meds can be used on animals. Friends horse has a daily dose of asprin, have used human eye drops on ddog, old pony was on prascend which was a drug originally developed for humans. Interestingly the prascend used to be called something else for humans and wasn't licensed for animals and it was fairly cheap. Something like 6p per day. Then they licensed it for horses and the brand name changed and it jumped to 35p per day 😏.

But you should always check with your vet before you give human meds to an animal.

tabulahrasa Wed 26-Feb-20 12:30:15

Has the vet told you to use human stuff and the dosage?

Because dogs have a lower tolerance and it’s really important that the dosage is right.

Justfivemoreminutesplease Thu 27-Feb-20 08:36:29

No - I was just pondering, given the previous comment from the vet and actually looking and smelling the stuff! I’m not going to give her anything until I’ve spoken with the vet.... and I might just chicken out and keep on paying them £14 confused

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Darklane Thu 27-Feb-20 14:04:23

Mine is newly diagnosed with arthritis. My vet said we can give her Calpol, she’ll work out the dose as she’s tiny & the dose is important, or a new course of four, weekly jabS that then lasts a year., we decided on the jab as she already takes drugs for IBD & a heart problem now she’s getting older.

Medievalist Thu 27-Feb-20 15:28:00

My 10 year old lab cross has been on loxicom for arthritis for years. We moved recently and registered with a new vet. She said that if he seems particularly stiff to give him up to 500mg of paracetamol every 6 hours.

missmouse101 Thu 27-Feb-20 15:33:50

Just to say, paracetamol is toxic to cats. NEVER give it to them!

DobbyTheHouseElk Thu 27-Feb-20 15:39:02

My vet recommended me to give paracetamol to my cat when it was ooh and he was in pain. He told me how much to give, think it was half or quarter, I remember cutting one up.

missmouse101 Thu 27-Feb-20 15:50:36

It's toxic and can easily be fatal in cats! Do not give it. The vet should have given your cat an injection or species appropriate pain medication.

SoCrimeaRiver Thu 27-Feb-20 15:56:44

guinea pigs can have the purple calpol as well.

DobbyTheHouseElk Thu 27-Feb-20 16:56:47

This was about 14 years ago @missmouse101 the cat survived and loved til he was a grand age. I’m sure it was paracetamol or it could have been aspirin. I don’t remember which.

bluebluezoo Thu 27-Feb-20 17:01:47

I’m sure it was paracetamol or it could have been aspirin. I don’t remember which

Aspirin. You’d have known if it was paracetamol (your cat would have gone blue-grey and probably died or needed emergency treatment). Unless you were very, very, one-for-the-medical-books lucky.

Savidog Fri 28-Feb-20 01:14:06

It's likely was aspirin not paracetamol for a cat. It's pretty reliably fatal to give paracetamol to cats as it kills their liver function pretty reliably sad

Dogs are different. In end stage disease or painful conditions paracetamol has a place. However it's not as safe to give as the likes of metacam so its not a first choce long term medication.It has a higher risk of side effects as risk especially for liver failure and as a much lower safety range for use. Its generally used orally in a combo with other meds in an older dog to provide a good qualoty of life towards the end of life.
The IV versions a bit different but it's given with fluids etc so a different scenario risk wise.
Vets are only allowed to prescribe human meds if the animal version is unavailable due to the cascade drug prescribing laws.

DobbyTheHouseElk Fri 28-Feb-20 09:09:14

Goodness, posters on the little tray are much friendlier bunch than the dog house that’s for sure.

missmouse101 Fri 28-Feb-20 10:49:05

@DobbyTheHouseElk, I posted to be very clear in case other people thought they'd give it to their cats! It wasn't about being unfriendly. No need to be so affronted. It's essential that people DO NOT give paracetomol to cats. confused

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