No! Acetaminophen, sold under the brand name Tylenol, is toxic to dogs even in small amounts—as little as a single pill can cause liver toxicity leading to death. Up to half of pet poisonings are caused by medications meant for people. These drugs are tested on and intended for humans, not dogs or other pets.
You should always keep medications out of reach of your dog, in sturdy containers. There are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) developed specifically for dogs, which your vet can prescribe. You should never administer painkillers to your dog without your vet’s guidance.
If your dog ingests Tylenol, they need emergency veterinary care. Do not wait for warning signs. Untreated, they will likely experience these symptoms of poisoning:
- Loss of appetite
- Strained breathing
- Abdominal pain
- Gum discoloration
- Brown urine
Ultimately, consuming Tylenol can kill your dog. If you suspect ingestion, seek immediate care.
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