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Dog Medications Dosage Chart

Dog medications dosage requirements are generally calculated by weight and measured in mg of medicine per pound of body weight.

It's hugely important to get make sure that your dog gets exactly the right dose of medicine, at the correct time intervals.

Pug being weighed on scale

Too little medicine could mean that it won't work properly, too much could cause side-effects, potentially life-threatening ones.

The charts below features many of the most commonly prescribed dog medications as well as several over-the-counter products which are routinely used to treat dogs.

However, please don't give your dog any medicine or product without first checking with your vet to make sure that it's safe for YOUR dog.


Dog Medications Dosage Chart

Use the charts below to figure out the right dosage of whatever medication your dog is taking.

Dosage is generally given in mg per lb of body weight

Example:
Dog medication dosage for Amoxicillin is between 5mg and 10 mg per lb.

So, the correct dosage of Amoxicillin for a 10lb dog would be a minimum of 50mg and a maximum of 100mg.

Given once or twice a day.

When dosage and/or frequency is flexible your veterinarian will be able to tell you which end of the scale your dog should be at.

There are several categories, use these links to jump to the one you're interested in:


Some medications are sold under a variety of different names.
 

To make sure you have the right information double check the active-ingredient of whatever medication you're giving.

Check out this cheat-sheet for the most common ones... Brand Names v Drug Names


Antibiotic Dosage for Dogs


 Product

 Indication

 Dosage 

 Frequency

 Amoxicillin 

 Bacterial infection

 5 -10 mg per lb

 Once or twice a day

 Ampicillin

 Bacterial infection

 5-10 mg per lb

 Once or twice a day

 Augmentin

 Bacterial infection

 7-8 mg per lb

 Twice a day

 Azithromycin

 Bacterial infection

 5-10 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Cephalexin

 Bacterial infection

  5-15 mg per lb

 2 or 3 times a day

 Cefadroxil

 Bacterial infection

 10-15 mg per lb

 2 or 3 times a day

 Ciprofloxacin

 Bacterial infection

  5-6.8 mg per lb

 Twice a day

 Clindamycin

 Bacterial infection

 2.5-5mg per lb 

 Twice a day

 Chloramphenicol

 Bacterial infection

 25 mg per lb

 Every 8 hours

 Doxycline

 Bacterial infection

 2-5 mg per lb

 Twice a day

 Enrofloxacin

 Bacterial infection

 2.27-9.07 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Erythromycin

 Bacterial infection

 2.25-10 mg per lb

 2 or 3 times a day

 Metronidazole

 Giardia 

 5-20 mg per lb

 Once or twice a day

 Orbifloxacin

 Bacterial infection

 1-3.5 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Penicillin

 Bacterial infection

 5-10 mg per lb

 1 to 4 times a day

 Sulfadimethoxine

 Bacteria/Coccidiosis

 12.5 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Tetracycline

 Bacterial infection

 10 mg per lb

 Once or twice a day

 Trimethoprim

 Bacterial infection

 13-15 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Tylosin 

 Bacterial infection

 10-20 mg per lb

 Twice a day



Anti-fungal Medications Dosage for Dogs


 Product

 Indication

 Dosage

 Frequency

 Fluconazole

 Fungal infection

 5-6 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Griseofulvin

 Fungal infection

 25 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Itraconazole

 Fungal infection

 2.5-5 mg  per lb

 Twice a day

 Ketoconazole

 Fungal infection

 5-15 mg per lb

 1 to 3 times a day

 Terbinafine

 Fungal infection 

 15-20 mg per day

 Once per day



Pain Medications Dosage for Dogs


 Product

 Indication

 Dosage

 Frequency

 Aspirin

 Pain relief/NSAID

 5-10 mg per lb

 Twice a day

 Carprofen

 Pain relief/NSAID

 2 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Codeine

 Pain relief

 0.25-1.0 mg per lb

 3 - 4 times a day

 Deramaxx  

  Pain/NSAID 

 1.4-1.8 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Hydrocodone

 Pain/cough

 0.1-0.25 mg per lb

 2 to 4 times a day

 Meloxicam

 Pain/NSAID

 0.5 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Previcox

 Pain/NSAID

 2.27 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Tramadol 

 Pain relief

 0.5-1.8 mg per lb

 2 to 3 times a day


There's a lot to learn about giving pain medications to dogs

Some medicines are not safe for use by some dogs, or by those who have specific health conditions.

Many can have serious side effects that you need to be be on the lookout for.

Some popular human pain killers should NEVER be given to dogs because they can be deadly.

Not all the pain killers above have been formulated for veterinary use but are routinely prescribed or recommended.

Please NEVER give your dog any medication without your veterinarian's knowledge and approval.

Please visit this page to learn everything  you need to know to keep your dog pain free and SAFE... Pain Medication for Dogs



Anti-Parasitic Medications Dosage for Dogs

Medications used to treat parasites in dogs have varying dosage instructions and may have different strengths/formulas of products for dogs of different sizes.

They may also have a range of different strengths, and be given for differing periods of time, depending on which type of parasite is being treated.

Some will be powders/granules, some oral liquids or tablets, some topical and some injectable.

This means that it's not possible to give dog dosage instructions per lb of bodyweight, or any type of one-size-fits-all dosing method.

The only way to be sure that you are giving your dog the correct dose is:

  • Use specific instructions from your vet
  • Check the label of the specific product you're using 

 Product

 Indication

 Dosage

 Frequency

 Albendazole

 Giardia, worms

 1/10 cc per lb

 Once a day  

 Febental 

 Giardia, worms

 See Product Label

 See Product Label

 Febendazole

 Giardia, roundworm

 See Product Label

 See Product Label

 Imidacloprid

 Fleas & Mites

 See Product Label

 See Product Label

 Ivermectin

 Round & heartworm

  See Product Label 

 See Product Label

 Moxidectin

 Fleas, ticks, worms

 See Product Label

 See Product Label

 Selamectin

 Fleas, mites, worms

 See Product Label

 See Product Label



Other Dog Medications Dosage Info.

There are a lot of other human medications that can be used for dogs, to treat a number of different conditions including digestive issues, allergies, travel sickness and more.

Please pay extra-close attention to the dog medications dosage instructions listed below as some of the medications are calculated per 10 lbs, or 20lbs, rather than 1 lb of bodyweight.

There are also some liquid (ml) dosages listed.

 Product

 Indication

 Dosage

 Frequency

 Alprazolam

 Anxiety

 0.01-0.1 mg per lb

 Max. 4 times a day

 Benadryl

 Allergies

 1 mg per lb

 Max. 3 times a day

 Claritin

 Allergies

 0.12-0.22 mg per lb

  Once a day

 Diazepam

  Anxiety

 0.25-1 mg per lb

 Max. 4 times a day

 Dramamine

 Nausea

 2-4 mg per lb

 Max. 3 times a day

 Fluoxetine

 Anxiety

 0.5-1 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Kaopectate 

 Diarrhea

 0.5-1 ml per lb

 3 to 4 times a day

 Melatonin

 Anxiety/Phobias

 1.0 mg per 20lbs

 Once or twice a day

 Mineral Oil

 Constipation

 5.0 ml per 10lbs

 Once or twice a day

 Pepcid AC

 Stomach Ulcers

 0.25-0.5 mg per lb

 Twice a day

 Pepto Bismol

 Diarrhea, gas 

 0.5 ml per lb

 Four times a day

 Prednisone 

 Inflammation

 2.5 mg per 10 lbs

 2 or 3 times a day

 Prilosec

 Stomach Ulcers/Acid

 0.25-0.5 mg per lb

 Once a day

 Robitussin

 Cough/mucus

 2.5ml per 10 lbs

 4 - 6 times a day

 Zantac 

 Stomach Ulcers/Acid

 0.25-1.0 mg per lb

 2 to 3 times a day

 Zyrtec 

 Allergies

 0.5 mg per lb

 Once a day


Many human medications (both prescription and OTC) are approved by veterinarian's to treat dogs. 

Check out this page to learn about these drugs including uses, side-effects and dosage recommendations... Dog Safe Human Medications

Always discuss it with your vet before giving Fido a medication that has not been prescribed/recommended for him.



Brand Names v Drug Names

The name of the active ingredient (drug) in any medication is often not  the name shown on the bottle.

To make it even more confusing, some drugs are available under two, or even several, different brand names.

If you don't have the right information this can make it difficult to check the correct dosage of any drug, and that's dangerous.

Here is a list of some of the brand name medications most commonly prescribed/used for dogs and the name of the drug they contain:

Antibiotics for dogs

Brand Name

Amoxi-Drops..................

Albon...............................

Augmentin......................

Azitrocin..........................

Bactin..............................

Baytril..............................

Biomox............................

Clavamox........................

Flagyl...............................

Keflex..............................

Polymox..........................

Septra..............................

Synulox...........................

Tribrissen........................

Vibramycin......................

Zithromax.......................

Drug Name

Ampicillin

Sulfadimethoxine

Amoxicillin Potassium-Clavulanate

Zithromax

Trimethoprim

Enrofloxacin

Ampicillin

Amoxicillin Potassium-Clavulanate

Metronizadole

Cephalaxin

Ampicillin

Trimethoprim

Amoxicillin Potassium-Clavulanate

Trimethoprim

Doxycycline

Azithromycin


Antifungal Drugs for dogs

Brand Name

Diflucan............................

Fulvicin.............................

Lamisil..............................

Sporonox.........................

Drug Name

Fluconazole

Griseofulvin

Terbafine

Itraconazole


Brand Name

Novox..............................

Previcox..........................

Rimadyl...........................

Drug Name

Carprofen

Firocoxib

Carprofen


Anti-parasitic Drugs for Dogs

Brand Name

Advantage.......................

Advantage Multi.............

Advantix..........................

Advocate.........................

Drontal Plus....................

Ivomec.............................

Panacur...........................

Revolution.......................

Safeguard........................

Valbazen..........................

Drug Name

Imidacloprid

Moxidectin

Imidacloprid

Moxidectin

Febental (plus Praziquantel & Pyrantel)

Ivermectin

Febendazole

Selamectin

Febendazole

Albendazole


Other Medications for Dogs

Brand Name

Dramamine.....................

Kaopectate.......................

Kaolin-Pectin...................

Pepcid AC.........................

Prilosec.............................

Prozac...............................

Reconcile..........................

Valium..............................

Xanax................................

Zantac...............................

Drug Name

Dimenhydrinate

Bismuth Subsalicylate

Kaolin & Pectin

Famotidine

Omeprazole

Fluoxetine

Fluoxetine

Diazepam

Alprazolam

Ranitidine



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