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  • Can dogs have over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Motrin, Anacin or baby Aspirin? How much?

    Most over-the-counter medications have a narrow margin of safety in dogs, meaning that it can be very easy to give them too much. The dosage also depends on the weight and size of the pet. Using these medications without the supervision of a veterinarian can be dangerous.
     
    If you feel your dog is in pain or uncomfortable, I recommend that you take him in to see your veterinarian as soon as possible. Sometimes pain or discomfort can be a sign of disease. Your veterinarian can let you know what may be causing your dog’s discomfort. Your veterinarian will recommend the treatment that is safest and best for your pet.


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