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Q. My dog has Lyme disease, he can barely walk today, can I give him aleve

Answered By
ERIN CLIFFORD, CVT

A. Hi there!

I'm sorry to hear your boy is having difficulty with pain due to Lyme disease. Unfortunately, the human over-the-counter medications just aren't safe to give to dogs. Aleve with its active ingredient (naproxen) is extremely toxic to dogs (and cats).

Even one Aleve could potentially cause stomach ulceration and kidney failure in a dog or cat. Of all of the human pain medications, Aleve is the most potent. Human medications just aren't formulated to work well in an animal's system like they do with a human.

The best pain medications for dogs are the formulas specifically made for veterinary medicine. If your pet has recently seen a vet, you can call the clinic to let them know of his difficulties. Assuming his health allows the safe use of a doggie pain med, your vet may be able to give you an appropriate pain medication to use. Many vets have weekend hours, so they may be available if you give them a call!

Good luck, and I hope your boys gets to feeling better soon!


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