Ibuprofen – are you aware how toxic it is?

White pills from a packet. Focus on pile in front.Today’s Salt Lake Tribune reports that a man has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals after allegedly feeding a dog chicken laced with 1200 mg of [tag-tec]ibuprofen[/tag-tec]. That dose could cause acute renal failure in a small dog.

Many people administer Ibuprofen for pain relief thinking it’s safe. Unfortunately it’s not; small doses given over a short period of time have proved fatal.

Based on the number of dogs treated, The ASPCA Poison Control Center rates Ibuprofen the number one reason for dog poisoning.

The poisoning arises from either the dog having consumed a large number of tablets after chewing through a packet or bottle of Ibuprofen or the dog being intentionally given the drug by a well meaning owner as a pain killer.

From the ASPCA database:

  • 25-125mg per kg of body weight – symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, stomach ulcers;
  • more than 175mg per kg of body weight – the above symptoms plus blood in the stools, acute kidney failure;
  • more than 400mg per kg of body weight – the above symptoms plus seizures, coma, disorientation;
  • more than 600mg per kg of body weight – death.

The ASPCA has reported a case where 3mg per kg of body weight given every other day for six weeks proved fatal.

Ibuprofen sold over the counter contains anywhere from 50mg to 200mg per tablet; each prescription tablet may contain 800mg of Ibuprofen. Given a dog’s propensity to eat everything in front of their noses, a packet of Ibuprofen tablets left within their reach can do a lot of damage.

Symptoms can take anywhere from 12 hours to several days to show. However, if you suspect your dog has ingested Ibuprofen take him to the vet immediately. Any tablets consumed must be flushed out of your dog’s system as quickly as possible to improve his chances of a full recovery.

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  1. I hope that the vets can do all that they can do to fix my little man who managed to get my pills off of my counter and ingested about 40-50 600mg each… he is currently in vets office on IV and has only had one seziure….they say he has a 50/50 chance… been there for about 2 hours and is about the same..minus the thrashing around..has anyone else had any problems with their babies getting into this kind of thing?

  2. I’m so worried my little babes 12 month old Bichon frise managed to get my tablets out my handbag and chewed through the packets and has eaten 8 400mg ibuprofen, I rushed her straight down the the animal hospital which is luckly 10 minutes from my house, this was on Tuesday and she is still in being treated and on a drip, I hope she’s gonna be ok she’s my baby girl xx

  3. Okay, so my dog is okay now!
    They kept her overnight and put her on an IV drip, but this morning, they called and said she’d improved enough to take home!
    I figure that most of the people checking this page out have had something similar happen to them and their dogs, and they’re wondering if their dog will be okay. I think as long as you get your pet to the vet in time, and depending on how much they eat, it’ll be fine.
    Hope this is reassuring.

  4. My Rottweiler is 9 years old, he developed arthritis at 5 years old. It was just in his front shoulder. He has taken ibuprofen for six years, not one single side effect. Multiple tablets for Years! No damage whatsoever to liver or other organs. He’s been perfect health otherwise and we raw feed. My vet wanted 500.00 a month for their medication six years ago. That would of been 30000.00 over the past six years. A top University of Penn doctor told me some dogs can have bad reactions, but most tolerate ibuprofen just fine.


  1. […] above symptoms plus seizures, coma, disorientation; more than 600mg per kg of body weight – death. LINK It never occured to me to give a dog human meds but I guess a lot of people do it intentionally. […]

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