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A:Is it save to give dogs Paracetomol? PetPlanet Talk Adminstrator PPAdmin firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Heather, Both Aspirin and Paracetamol are more toxic to dogs than newer non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Aspirin is used as an anti-inflammatory in America as it is listed in their text books, with dosages. Paracetomol is also used as an
anti-inflammatory, though not so commonly now. They were all that was available before the newer drugs. Paracetomol generally has it's toxic effect on the liver, causing irreversible damage, which is why those who overdose on paracetomol rarely survive. It can also cause renal tubular damage and is contra-indicated in patients with known kidney problems.It would be difficult to prove a connection with the paracetomol without knowing the state of your dogs kidneys prior to the problem and older dogs do develop kidney problems. It may have been an infection or some other cause which tipped the balance, I cannot comment without the full facts of the case. I also cannot make any comment on another vets case. If you feel you have a complaint, first discuss it with the practice you go to. If you feel they are giving no satisfaction then write to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
June Third-Carter B.V.M.S., M.R.C.V.S., Vet.M.F.Hom. for PetPlanet.co.uk