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Give Fido An Aspirin? Yes

If your dog is sneezing more than barking, you might think of running to the vet before you go to the medicine cabinet.

What you may not realize is that many of the over-the-counter drugs used to treat your own illnesses can also be used to help your pets.

On Wednesday, The Early Show resident veterinarian Debbye Turner will sort out the truth and share some home remedies for cats and dogs. But, Turner warns, be careful about using any medication on pets, because they can be dangerous to the furry friends.

Just like humans, pets can suffer from upset stomachs, queasiness and even acne. Turner says the same medications that work for people often work for pets. While you should never give your pet any kind of medicine without first consulting your veterinarian, there are a few easy home remedies to help pets get well soon.

Allergies

Oatmeal bath: (Aveeno)

Dogs and cats are as sensitive to airborne annoyances as humans are. Allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, feathers and wool may cause discomfort. Pets may not suffer from hay fever, red eyes, runny noses and sneezing attacks, but they do get itchy when suffering from allergies. To soothe their skin and help keep allergies under control, Turner recommends giving the pets a cool oatmeal water bath (warm water makes matters worse).

Benadryl:

Also, Benadryl is a common anti-histamine used for humans is similarly effective for dogs. Turner says it is important to get your veterinarian's instruction for the medication dosage.

**** Do not use this product on cats! (Medication can cause hyper-stimulation or severe depression) ****

Stomach Problems

If your pet is straining with little or no success for a whole day (or more), you'll want to see the vet to make sure nothing serious is wrong. Meanwhile, try these remedies to help get her moving again.

Metamucil:

Laxatives containing psyllium seed husks, added to water, can "get things moving" for your pet. Try adding the Metamucil to a small amount of canned food or dry food mixed with broth to make it tastier.

Kaopectate:
Dogs and cats that eat too much or eat too fast can get upset stomachs. Kaopectate soothes an upset stomach that causes vomiting and diarrhea.

Pepto-Bismol:
Giving your pet Pepto-Bismol will help soothe his stomach. It helps dogs with gastritis and vomiting.

**** Pepto-Bismol should never be given to cats! ****

Pain and Arthritis

Bayer Aspirin:

Aspirin is for dogs only! Aspirin can help alleviate the pain of arthritis. It is best to use a "coated" or buffered type and should be given after a meal.

Motion Sickness

Dramamine:

Pets taken on trips may have an uncomfortable trip. But there are ways to make a pet's trip more pleasant. Dramamine works for pets that suffer from motion sickness, just like in humans. It should be given at least an hour before traveling. Turner warns that pets with glaucoma or bladder problems shouldn't be given this medication

What Not To Use

THE FOLLOWING ARE POISONOUS TO YOUR PET!:

  • Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Advil, Motrin IB (ibuprofen) are toxic to dogs and cats.
  • Ointments containing zinc can cause stomach irritation in pets
  • Mosquito and lice sprays formulated for humans are toxic if applied to pets (because they are likely to lick themselves and ingest the DEET or permethrin).

    NOTE: These are in addition to medicines listed above that are dangerous to cats only.