Paracetamol is not safe for dogs, it is Asprin that has been recommended but only under vet advice, please under no circumstance give you dog any medication containing paracetamol or ibuprofen, it is can be potentialy fatal.
The straightforward answer to this question is NO. You should NEVER give a human drug to your pet animal unless your veterinarian advises you to do so ! Of course most drugs that are prescribed for animals by veterinarians are the same (or similar) drugs that physicians prescribe for human ailments - but there are huge differences in the way that different species species of animal deal with a drug once it is their system. So, some drugs that are safe to use in humans are positively dangerous to give to pets and other animals.
A well known example of this is aspirin, which if given at human dose rates, can easily cause toxicity in both dogs and cats because they cannot detoxify and eliminate it from their bodies as quickly as humans can. The result is a severe gastroenteritis - which may cause them to vomit blood.
There are literally hundreds of examples of human prescription drugs which can cause toxicity to dogs, cats or other pets. Other common medicines and so called social "drugs" which definitely should not be given by owners to their pets are :
The laxative phenolphthalein
Vitamin D supplements
Nebuliser medications prescribed for asthma
Drugs used to control "fits" e.g. phenytoin (toxic in cats)
Coffee and tea (due to the caffeine content)
Cannabis or any other illegal drug.
All of the above have been documented to cause serious illness - and are potentially fatal . The message is - NEVER assume what is safe for you and your children is safe for your pet - the chances are it isn't
Its Karvol capsules that is used for blocked noses, they make my eyes water!
Strangely enough, meloxicam (mobic)a non steroidal anti inflammatory is used for dogs arthritis, but human meloxicam and dog meloxicam is not the same, you can't give the human form to dogs.
It would be interesting if homeopathic remedies were more compatible- anyone know?
Thankyou Nataloie and Jack, - I have bookmarked it, never know when I might need something and I have a useless brain as to where I've seen information- essay references always take me an age to gather together!!!
many thanks for all your replies. I wanted to know if calpol was safe as many people have told me it is. I thought it would be good to keep in the house incase my dog got a temperature or she is due to be spayed and as a pain relief for her. but I will not get it now
Hi Scruff, the vet will send her home with pain killers after her op, she should be fine but if you`re at all worried about her give the vets a call, they don`t seem to feel these things like we do, something to do with survival I think, showing pain makes you vulnerable.