Can Dogs Have Paracetamol?


It’s best to start off on the right foot and declare that NO! You should NOT give a paracetamol dose for dogs or any animal for that matter. Paracetamol, otherwise known as acetaminophen or APAP is a manufacturer pain relief medicine designed for human consumption only and can be highly toxic to dogs – the main effect being very serious liver damage.

Paracetamol is a very popular painkiller for humans but it can be toxic or fatal in small animals. Dogs are less sensitive to paracetamol than cats. A 20 kilogram dog would need to ingest over seven 500mg tablets in order to suffer toxic effects.

Paracetamol may be a mild drug to us and many people will say it doesn’t do anything but the drug has been designed with our biological system in mind and not dogs, similar to how chocolate is a treat to us and potentially dangerous to dogs.

Be careful to not confuse paracetamol (the drug) with name brands such as Panadol, Nurofen, Strepsils, Calpol and so on – these are all paracetamol or paracetamol including products.

Determine what is wrong with your dog

If you’re reading this then you may have a dog who’s unwell and showing signs of pain and discomfort. Before even considering giving anything to your dog determine what the root cause is! What’s the best way to find out what’s wrong with your dog? Take him or her to the vet of course! Veterinarians are experts in animal welfare and they’ll take a good look at your furry friend and help with finding a cure or give advice. Never, ever try to medicate your own dog with paracetamol or anything else – go and see a vet as soon as possible!

What kind of pain medicine can you give a dog?


Seeing your dog in pain and discomfort is not a nice thing at all however, a paracetamol dose should be the last thing you should try. First of all, make sure to see a veterinarian to determine the underlying issue – finding the cause is the best thing you can do.
If you are the owner of a working dog, exceptionally active dog or an older dog some natural remedies may help such as an aspirin-free chewable tablet. These tablets are designed for the relief of temporary discomfort suffered by your dog and includes only natural ingredients. These tablets are effective and sometimes handy to help with very active dogs such as working dogs, dogs that accompany owners on
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Some users of these chewable tablets have reported some dog’s may not gobble them up straight away so you can break them down and spread over their food or jam them in to a chunk of wet food.

If you have a larger breed of dog who may be suffering from joint paint then a joint supplement may be a better alternative.

Is it safe to give dogs ibuprofen?

It is not safe to give ibuprofen to dogs. Even in small doses ibuprofen can have serious negative effects to a dog and care far outweigh the pain relief. Giving ibuprofen to dogs can have very similar effects as paracetamol. Do not give ibuprofen to your dog under any circumstances.

What is Pardale for dogs?

Pardale (or Pardale-V) is an analgesic (painkiller) for dogs. Pardale are almost exclusively prescribed by a vet as they are very strong and suitable following a traumatic injury or arthritis. Pardale should never be abused and only used when the dog has been prescribed them or recommend by your vet. Essentially, Pardale is paracetamol for dogs as a tablet does indeed contain paracetamol. However, it must be stated that Pardale-V has been manufactured for consumption by canines ONLY.

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Can you give Advil to a dog?

No, you should not give dogs Advil. Advil is a branded version of ibuprofen.

I’ve given a paracetamol dose to my dog, what do I do?

If you’ve either given your dog a dosage of paracetamol or they’ve found a pill or pack and consumed them take your dog to the vet immediately! Remember to take the package with you so the vet know exactly what they’re dealing with. Although most dogs will react differently to different toxins, generally if you’re dog has consumed paracetamol they may display signs or behaviours such as:

  • Black poo
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness/Sleepiness
  • Lack of appetite

Even if you don’t suspect a paracetamol dosage to be involved take your dog to see a vet if you see any of these symptoms.

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11 thoughts on “Can Dogs Have Paracetamol?”

  1. The vet has prescribed paracetamol for our dog, is it the same as human form paracetamol? And can i therefore buy over the counter paracetamol?

  2. The Jug Dog

    Vet prescribed paracetamol is not the same as paracetamol designed for humans.

  3. My vet said buy over the counter? How can it be different as long as the dose is correct?

  4. The Jug Dog


    I personally wouldn’t. Let’s put it that way.

  5. My vet has recommended that we begin buying cheaper, human, paracetamol for our pooch. We use Pardale currently, which contains 400mg paracetamol and some codeine, the only difference from our human paracetamol pain killers is that they don’t have the codeine in and are 500mg paracetamol rather than 400mg.

  6. Paridhi pradhan

    Isnt codeine an opiate a narcotic..human paracetemol in small doses can be given to a dog once in a while as dog meds also contain paracetemol

  7. Debbie Smith

    I have a SBT who weighs 24kg, he hurt his leg and was limping so I took him to the vet after about a week and after a proper inspection of the limb she told me to give him half a 500g paracetamol tablet twice a day for 2 weeks and to bring him back if no better to be xrayed, he was fine.

  8. Michaela

    My dog has a tumour between his legs which makes it difficult to remove. The vet recommended I give my dog 2 paracetamol a day. My dog is big (american bulldog) the paracetamol will supposedly help keep him comfortable until he begins to deteriorate badly. If vets advise it then It’s ok!

  9. Kelly Moore

    My rescue dog I just adopted 2 months ago has a heart murmur and is on a chewable tablet of heart medication but she also has terribly painful hips and front legs from arthritis. She weighs about 16kgs. My Vet has had her on 1 half of a paracetamol in the morning and 1 half at night. She also recommended the liquid form for children which I’ve been injecting into her wet food with a syringe as she finds the 1/2 a pill every time I tried to give it to her. Now I’m reading all these comments that it is toxic for my dog and can cause her liver issues. It does seem to help her pain but I don’t know what to do now. Shall I call my Vet and talk about my concerns now? I’m very worried as she was on it weeks before I adopted her. Thanks in advance.

  10. My dog had been prescribed Pardale-V, Metacam and Tralieve for osteoarthritis. Partake-V is 400mgs paracetamol and 9mgs codeine. He takes 2 1/2 tablets twice a day and this equates to 2 human co-codamol tablets, which are 500mgs paracetamol and 8mgs codeine. Why can I not give him the human version?

  11. Grace Donaldson

    I have a golden retriever who has just had surgery yesterday and is limping due to lines,injections ect being put into his leg,phoned vet and was advised to give him one quarter of a 500ml paracetamol tablet and no more in a day he has had this before with no side effects but only for a couple of days,I would consult vet before giving anything.

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