While Tylenol PM can have a lethal effect on your canine, you should not use it to euthanize your dog at home. The reason is that it is a very slow killer, taking 24-48 hours to actually kill your animal. This makes it especially uncomfortable and inhumane to euthanize a dog in this manner. In reality, there are very few poisons that directly and humanely kill a dog, and they aren’t as accessible as you would imagine.
Brand Names and Other Names of Acetaminophen
FAQs About Tylenol Use for Dogs
Some commonly asked questions about treating pain and giving dogs Tylenol include:
As a veterinarian, I never thought I’d be writing on a blog on how to euthanize a dog or cat with Tylenol at home…
I previously wrote a blog on Tylenol poisoning in dogs, if you want more detail. Yes, Tylenol can kill a dog or cat – but it’s very slow in killing. The point is, very few poisons kill humane and acutely – it typically takes 24-48 hours before your pet dies, and it’s not a good way to go.
When in doubt, please contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for advice, and talk to your veterinarian. If you have financial limitations, a veterinarian will work with you when it comes to humane euthanasia. Or the local animal shelter. But can you euthanize your pet at home? No, please do not try to euthanize your dog or cat at home. They are our four-legged family members, and don’t deserve an ending like this.
That said, you should never use any medication at home – Tylenol is used in veterinary medicine in DOGS only – never cats. It’s sometimes used in small doses with codeine for pain support in hospice patients (not routinely, though). That’s because it can cause dry eye at even therapeutic doses in dogs. You can see the published data on that HERE. As for higher doses in dogs? It causes toxicity to the liver within 2 days including signs of:
As a veterinarian, animal lover, and toxicologist, let me tell you that this post had me livid. First, the decision to euthanize a pet is so hard… and you don’t want it to fall you on, right? When in doubt, please talk to your veterinarian about this decision. I’ll say that it was even a hard decision for me – a veterinarian of over 20 years – with my OWN DOG. (You can read about my decision here).
Can you give dog Tylenol PM?
How many mg of Tylenol can a dog have?
There are better alternatives for controlling fever and pain, so acetaminophen should not routinely be used in dogs. For dogs, 5 to 7.5 mg per pound (10 to 15 mg/kg), two to three times a day is recommended. If given for more than 5 days, two times a day is recommended.
How much Tylenol can a 50 pound dog have?