What is ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is commonly used in people for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with aches and pains, headache, cramps and for the relief of mild fever. It is not used in animals.

Sources of ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is available in various forms, including tablets, capsules, syrups, sachets for children, sachets for dissolving in water and drinking and creams for topical pain relief.
Ibuprofen is also available in some products for the symptomatic relief of cold and flu; these products may also contain other drugs.

What are the signs of ibuprofen poisoning?

Dogs are particularly sensitive to the effects of ibuprofen and it can cause effects on the gut and kidneys.
The clinical signs of ibuprofen poisoning can include:
• Vomiting (may be bloody)
• Diarrhoea
• Black, tarry stools
• Abdominal pain
• Lethargy
• Weakness
• Tremor
• Convulsions

• Call Animal PoisonLine on 01202 509000 even if your pet is showing no signs to find out whether a trip to the vet is required.
• Remove your pet from the source of poison.
• Do not try to make your pet vomit – NEVER give salt water.
• Collect the poison and take a sample/container with you if you are advised to take your pet to the vet practice.