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Can I give my dog Ibuprofen for pain?

When pets have pain, people want a simple solution and tend to look in their own medicine cabinet just as they would for themselves. It is unfortunately common for people to make an assumption that a safe medication for people will also be safe for pets and a number of animals are poisoned by ibuprofen when their owner attempts a simple treatment for pain. Never use any medication on your pet without checking with your veterinarian.

Ibuprofen  inhibits prostaglandins involved in the blood supply to the stomach as well as blood supply to the kidneys. This can cause serious complications such as gastric ulcers or kidney failure. Aleve and Tylenol in addition to most over the counter pain relievers can be very dangerous to pets.

If your pet is in pain, he/she should be examined by a veterinarian to determine what the best pain relief drug is for your pets specific problem. Following the label directions carefully will help keep your pet comfortable and prevent any problems.

Alison Adler, DVM

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COVID-19 Service Announcement

June 29, 2020

Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals adjust to providing care during the re-opening of Florida associated with human coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing Curbside Concierge Service, Telehealth, and Mobile Services, but we look forward to resuming limited in-hospital outpatient appointments as soon as we have sufficient confidence that we can do so safely.

We remain committed to caring for our patients and meeting their health care needs in the safest and best way possible. Be assured that we continue to follow CDC guidelines and federal, state and local recommendations for practicing social distancing. We have established a phased plan to resume normal services to see our patients for healthy pet exams, all procedures and surgeries and urgent care needs.

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