Have you ever thought that pets and their owners tend to look alike? That's true now more than ever, today pets are taking a lot of the same medications as the people in their families. Dogs and cats are on pepcid for their stomachs, claritin for allergies, anti-histamines for congestion, insulin for diabetes, and even prozac for depression.
Animals these days are prescribed the exact same drugs that humans take and for the exact same reasons. The important thing to remember, though, is that even if you think you know what is making your pet feel poorly and you know humans and animals share many of the same drugs, you still need to call the vet.if you play doctor, you could give your pet a lethal dose.
Dr. Michael rubenstein, of the humane society of new york, says, "there are certain drugs, for example, we can give aspirin to a dog, but it's very harmful to a cat if given the wrong amount. Tylenol can kill cats; advil can cause severe gastrointestinal problems for dogs."
Dr. Rubenstein says your vet may tell you over the phone to give your dog medication, but to check first because the dosage is critical.