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Dog Medications Dosage

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




Anti-fungal Medications Dosage for Dogs

Dosage chart of anti-fungal medications for dogs


pain medication dosage for dogs

Chart showing correct dosages of pain killers for dogs

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.

Aspirin can be used for some conditions, for short periods but must be given in the correct dosage. See this page for more... Aspirin for Dogs

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 
Dog dosage chart for antiparasitic medications


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.

Dog dosage chart for a variety of medications

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.

For each classification of medication, the first name is the BRAND name, and the second one is the name of the DRUG it contains.

Antibiotics for dogs

Amoxi-Drops.... Ampicillin

Albon.... Sulfadimethoxine

Augmentin.... Amoxicillin Potassium-Clavulanate

Azitrocin....Zithromax

Bactin.... Trimethoprim

Baytril.... Enrofloxacin

Biomox.... Ampicillin

Clavamox.... Amoxicillin Potassium-Clavulanate

Flagyl.... Metronizadole

Keflex.... Cephalaxin

Polymox.... Ampicillin

Septra.... Trimethoprim

Synulox.... Amoxicillin Potassium-Clavulanate

Tribrissen.... Trimethoprim

Vibramycin.... Doxycyline

Zithromax.... Azithromycin


Antifungal Drugs for dogs

Diflucan.... Fluconazole

Fulvicin.... Grisefulvin

Lamisil.... Terbafine

Sporonox.... Itraconazole

Novox.... Carprofen

Previcox.... Firocoxib

Rimadyl.... Carprofen


Anti-parasitic Drugs for Dogs

Advantage.... Imidacloprid

Advantage Multi.... Moxidectin

Advantix.... Imidacloprid

Advocate.... Moxidectin

Drontal Plus.... Febental (+Praziquantel & Pyrantel)

Ivomec.... Ivermectin

Panacur.... Febendazole

Revolution.... Selamectin

Safeguard.... Febendazole

Valbazen.... Albendazole


Other Medications for Dogs

Dramamine.... Dimenhydrinate

Kaopectate.... Bismuth Subsalicylate

Kaolin-Pectin..... Kaolin & Pectin

Pepcid AC.... Famotidine

Prilosec.... Omeprazole

Prozac.... Fluoxetine

Reconcile.... Fluoxetine

Valium.... Diazepam

Xanax.... Alprazolam

Zantac.... Ranitidine



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