#1 – The affect of OCT pain relievers on your dog
The majority of OTC pain relievers belong to the same category of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including ibuprofen, aspirin, baby aspirin, and naproxen. All of these medications inhibit an enzyme that produces prostaglandins which is hormone-like substances that could increase fever, inflammation, and pain.
Prostaglandins, however, play many other different roles in the body like producing a layer of mucus, maintaining enough blood flow to kidneys, allowing blood to clot naturally, and protecting the inner lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
If these functions were affected by NSAIDs, then your dog can develop problems like:
• Vomiting and diarrhea (bloody sometimes).
• Gastrointestinal ulcers.
• Bleeding disorders.
• Loss of appetite.
• Kidney dysfunction.
• Liver damage.
Without appropriate treatment, dogs can actually lose their life, which is why it is not safe to give them any kind of human medicine without talking to the vet.