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Discussion in 'General Dog Forum' started by zany, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. zany

    zany New Member Registered

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    For all of you who like me have spent hours trying to find out whether there is any difference between human Ibuprofen and the far more expensive dog Ibuprofen.
    You would think it would be easy to find out and you might think that vets are being deliberately obtuse to make you buy their products.
    Here is my answer. (based on what I have read)
    The chemical compound of both is the same, but (and its a big BUT. The absorbtion rates of ibuprofen in dogs and humans is very different)
    So while you may be able to work out the correct dosage for your dog in human Ibuprofen, the human type will not contain the slow release inhibitors that dog Ibuprofen carries.
    (Its even more critical with cats)
    Anyway, I hope this post will help fill the gaps in the information found online, and I hope I've got this right.
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  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF Well-Known Member Registered

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    Yes, there are a number of things that are metabolised differently in dogs; I believe antihistamine is another.

    Bizarrely, members of the public can buy pet medications cheaper from discount providers than vets can get them - they cannot use these providers for some reason. I don't know why, but I was told that by a vet. You would still need a prescription from your vet which you will be charged for.
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