Over the Counter Human Medicines That Are Safe For Dog

Every time you visit a drugstore and pull out a prescription and get the medicine you require. But fortunately enough there are some medicines that don’t abide by the stringent rules of the written prescription. These are OTC medicines; OTC stands for over the counter medicine, drugs that you can buy without any prescriptions. Now at times when our when our pets are sick, we make every possible effort to cure them. Though it is imperative to consult a vet if your pet falls sick, but what if that is not possible immediately? In such instances, you can use household medications for pets. Read how to keep your dog calm at the veterinary hospital.

However, some human meds have been approved by vets for treating pain in pets. Though a dog can have human medications, but since they are smaller in size than us therefore there with be a drastic difference in the amount of the dosage. So here we have listed some OTC medications that are safe for dogs.

Tagamet HB (cimetidine)

Cimetidine is a great drug that hinders stomach acid production in the body and can be of great help for dogs suffering from gastric juices over-flow. Easily available in any drugstore, this OTC medication is safe for dogs. Dosage depends on the pet’s size, other drugs administered and your pet’s general condition. Always check with your vet first to get the go-ahead and the right dosage.


MiraLAX can be given to your pet in small doses to help alleviate the pain and discomfort of constipation. While it’s relatively safe, you’ll want to work with your veterinarian to determine the proper dosage. Too much can lead to an upset stomach and diarrhea. Excessive diarrhea can also lead to dehydration. 

Artificial Tears And Other Ophthalmic Lubricants

Genteal and Soothe XP are my favorites for getting the red out. I love these preparations for minor eye irritations –– they’re the ultimate do-no-harm optical treatment.

Most of the time, very mild conjunctivitis (slight weepiness or redness around the eyes) will clear up within a few days of simple soothing with artificial tears. But if your pet has white, yellow or greenish discharge; extreme redness or swelling; or if the eye obviously hurts (your pet will wink or close the eye), skip this step and immediately head to the vet! Even a day is too long with a painful eye.


While Lomotil can treat diarrhea, it’s most often used as a cough suppressant in dogs. Smaller toy breeds are predisposed to collapsing trachea, a condition whose symptoms include a persistent cough. Lomotil can help dry out the air passages and reduce the spasms that cause coughing. Lomotil is a relatively safe drug, but since it’s also an antidiarrheal, side effect may include constipation in pets and confusion in pet owners.

Antifungal Sprays, Gels, and Creams

An OTC product containing miconazole (or one of several other common antifungal drugs) will sometimes resolve uncomplicated fungal infections. Unfortunately, most fungal infections in pets aren’t uncomplicated. Still, I’ve often sent clients to the drugstore for an OTC antifungal to keep a pet comfortable until they can come in for an office visit.

So these were some human medicines that have been considered safe for dogs. However, it is always better to check with your vet in case there has been an overdose of any of these medications. When your adorable pooch falls sick you would surely go an extra mile to relieve him of his pain and we at PupNPaws know that well. Medicines would do their job of healing, but your love and care can help them heal faster. Play with your pooch in our dog printed leggings, make that angel of yours happy as well as create a new fashion statement for yourself.

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