Side Effects if a Dog Ate Ibuprofen

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A number of common medications, including ibuprofen, are highly toxic to dogs. In fact, ibuprofen can even be fatal in some cases. If you suspect Rover has ingested even over-the-counter meds such as ibuprofen, get him to the vet -- rush if you notice symptoms of poisoning.

Gastrointestinal Problems

The most common -- and milder -- side effects of ibuprofen include diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort or pain.

More Serious Problems

One of the major risks of ibuprofen consumption in dogs is renal failure. This usually happens at large doses of about 175mg per kilogram of body weight. However, points out that very young or senior dogs -- as well as those who are sick or have compromised immune systems -- might experience kidney problems at much lower doses. Seizures, coma and death are also a possibility.


About the Author

Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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