07/27/18 — GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY)-- When you look in your medicine cabinet you might have Benadryl and Pepcid on the shelf. We use them when we need to and our pets can even take them, too.
Dr. Janine Oliver with Benessere Animal Hospital says there are several medications that you and your pet can take, but the big difference is the dosage.
For example, you should never give an animal two Benadryl pills.They usually take one pill or less.
Dr. Oliver says with the right amount, over-the-counter meds can come in handy in a pet emergency.
"Benadryl, Diphenhydramine we use frequently for, especially if an animal gets stung by something. Often times being able to use that quickly at home as like a first aid measure is great," says Dr. Oliver.
Dr. Oliver says using Benadryl is usually a cheaper option, but with certain antibiotics it's not always cheaper to get them at your pharmacy.
We spoke with one dog owner who says he's comfortable giving his pup over the counter drugs that he knows are safe.
"If your dog gets bit by a snake, stung by a bee or something, you should take them to the vet if it's real serious, but if they're just having a little allergic reaction, give them some Benadryl that you almost always have in your house. It's probably going to be more cost effective than something that is specifically for dogs," says Mark Mitchell.
Pets can also take Miralax to treat constipation and Nexium which is for heartburn. Anytime you need to give your pet medication, always make sure to check with your veterinarian about the dosage.