This is a common question pet owners ask when they are looking for a pin medication for their pet.

Ibuprofen and aspirin are not generally recommended for dogs.Many dogs are sensitive to ibuprofen and aspirin and can suffer from severe signs of toxicity including stomach ulcers that cause bloody vomiting and diarrhea as well as kidney damage. For more information on Ibuprofen – please read this drug library article on

Routine administration or over-dosage can cause signs of toxicity which can be life-threatening.

There are better and safer medicaitons for dogs that we can provide.

If you think your dog is in pain- I’d recommend you come in and let us help you determine the underlying cause for the pain and to recommend the best medication to treat that condition.

Commonly used pain medications for dogs include: Deracoxib (Deramaxx®), Carprofen (Rimadyl®, Novox®), Etodolac (EtoGesic®), Tepoxalin (Zubrin®) and Meloxicam (Metacam®) to name but a few of the vast array of drugs in this group. As with all drugs it is important to be aware of their side effects. The aim is to use the minimum dose that produces a beneficial effect.