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.
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.
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.
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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
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:
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.
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.
Augmentin.... Amoxicillin Potassium-Clavulanate
Clavamox.... Amoxicillin Potassium-Clavulanate
Synulox.... Amoxicillin Potassium-Clavulanate
Advantage Multi.... Moxidectin
Drontal Plus.... Febental (+Praziquantel & Pyrantel)
Kaopectate.... Bismuth Subsalicylate
Kaolin-Pectin..... Kaolin & Pectin
Pepcid AC.... Famotidine