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Can You Give Your Dog Tylenol

By | Last Updated : 5th September 2017

What is Tylenol and How does it work in dogs

Tylenol is a medication primarily used to treat fever and pain, and secondarily for the treatment of headaches, cough, cold, influenza and allergies. The active ingredient of this medicine is acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol). [1, 2]

Acetaminophen works by blocking the chemicals responsible for transmitting pain signals and inducing fever. However, unlike similar medications like aspirin and ibuprofen, it does not have any anti-inflammatory properties. [4]

Quick Information


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Generic Name


Brand Name



Analgesic antipyretic

Who can take it


FDA Approved

No [1]


Prescription/ OTC

Available forms

Oral liquid (syrup), Tablets

Is Tylenol Safe for Dogs

Do not give your dog Tylenol unless prescribed as it may even turn out to be potentially fatal even with the slightest overdose. [5, 6, 7]

Dosage for Dogs

Veterinarians may prescribe very low doses of Children’s or Infant’s Tylenol for dogs, often for pain management after a surgery.

Dosage may vary depending on your dog’s size, weight, age as well as overall health and medical history. The dose usually prescribed is 5 to 7.5 mg/lb (10-15 mg/kg) up to thrice daily. In case the duration of administration lasts for more than 5 days, vets generally prescribe two doses in a day.

You should never stop the treatment as soon as you start seeing improvement, instead, let the course run its duration.

Signs of Overdose

In case of a suspected overdose, look out for the following symptoms:

  • Face and paw swelling
  • Blue or brown gums
  • Lack of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Labored breathing
  • Black tarry stool
  • Jaundice [3, 9]

Immediately contact your vet or call the Animal Poison Control Center Helpline (1-888-426-4435) if you observe any of the above signs.


    1. Tylenol – Webmd.com
    2. Tylenol – Drugs.com
    3. Acetaminophen Toxicity in Cats and Dogs – Vetstreet.com
    4. Acetaminophen – Chemistryexplained.com
    5. Tylenol Poisoning in Dogs – Petmd.com
    6. What Kind of Pain Medicine Can I Give My Dog – Talklocal.com
    7. Can I Give My Dog Tylenol – Canigivemydog.com
    8. Tylenol – Petmd.com
    9. Acetaminophen – Petpoisonhelpline.com

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