Household Medications for Pets

This page is intended only to give emergency guidance. Please, if your pet needs veterinary attention, get it immediately.

The following is a list of human medications commonly found in the household. These same products can be used in pets and are especially useful if you can't reach a veterinarian immediately. Listed below are some dosages and common usages.
Product Canine Dosage Feline Dosage Common Use
Buffered Aspirin 5mg per pound every 12 hours not recommended pain relief, anti-inflammatory
Vitamin B 1/2 to 2ml subcutaneously every 24 hrs 1/2 to 1ml subcutaneously used as an appetite stimulant
Benadryl up to 2 mg per pound every 8 hours up to 2 mg per pound every 8 hours treat allergies, itching, etc
Dramamine up to 50 mg every 8 hours up to 10 mg every 8 hours used to reduce motion (car) sickness
Hydrogen Peroxide 3% 10 ml by mouth every 15 minutes 10 ml by mouth every 15 minutes used to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion of a poison
Epinephrine 1:1000 1/10 to 1/2 ml intramuscular or subcutaneously 1/10 to 1/2 ml intramuscular or subcutaneously used to treat reactions following insect stings, bites, or medications
Pepto Bismol 1 tsp per 5 pounds every 6 hrs not recommended used to relieve vomiting or stomach gas, diarrhea
Di Gel Liquid up to 4 tbs every 8 hours up to 2 tbs every 8 hours antacid and anti-gas
Mineral Oil up to 4 tbs daily up to 2 tbs daily used to eliminate constipation
Kaopectate 1ml per pound every 2 hours 1ml per pound every 2 hours for diarrhea
Tylenol (Acetominophen, paracetamol) not recommended

 

The following are common antibiotics prescribed by veterinarians. Listed is the usual dosage and indications. Please follow the advice of your veterinarian when using antibiotics.
Product Canine Dosage Feline Dosage Common Use
Amoxicillin 5 mg per pound every 12 hours 5 mg per pound daily used to fight bacterial infections
Ampicillin 10 mg per pound every 6 hours 10 mg per pound every 6 hours used to fight bacterial infections
Tetracycline 10 mg per pound every 8 hours 10 mg per pound every 8 hours used to fight bacterial infections
Pen BP-48
(each ml - 150,000 units Penicillin G. Benzathine and 150,000 units Penicillin G. Procaine)
1 ml per 20 pounds every 48 hours subcutaneously not recommended used to fight bacterial infections
Procaine Penicillin 300,000 units per ml 1 ml per 30 pounds subcutaneously 1 ml per 30 pounds subcutaneously used to fight bacterial infections
Erythromycin tablets 5 mg per pound every 3 hours 5 mg per pound every 3 hours used to fight bacterial infections

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