Get an instant quote now and take the first step to protect your furry best friend.

» See My Rates

Retrieve Saved Quote

Pet Care. Pet Training. Pet Stories.
Pet Care. Pet Training. Pet Stories.

Can I Give My Dog Naproxen (Aleve)?

02/16/2019 by Megan Scussel
February 16th, 2019 by Megan Scussel

dogs and naproxen

Quick answer: no, do not give your dog naproxen (brand name Aleve).

Aleve (known generically as naproxen) is a medicine utilized to help with inflammation and pain. Occasionally referred to as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), countless people suffering from menstrual pain, headaches, sore throats, or sore joints swear that Aleve reduces or eliminates the problem.

Is it safe to give it to your dog, however? The quick answer is that Aleve isn’t good for your dog. Most (if not all) vets will strongly encourage you to use a pet-friendly alternative. If you’re careless and present an Aleve tablet to your dog without a vet’s permission, either mixed in food or by itself, you will run into trouble.

How Does Aleve Work?

Like other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Aleve works in humans to block the body’s production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are produced when your body is injured or irritated by sickness, eventually bringing pain, soreness, and inflammation into the picture.

As an over-the-counter medicine, Aleve is available at local stores, without the need for a prescription, in liquid gel or regular form. However, no matter what your friends or family might tell you, you should never give Aleve to your dog without clearance from an animal health expert.

Is it Safe for Dogs?

Dogs, like people, experience pain as they age or develop illnesses. The pain can be unbearable, leaving pet parents feeling sad and afraid. Despite this, Aleve isn’t meant for animals and could make matters worse.

Aleve should only be used as a last resort after all other options have been exhausted. Even when strict instructions are given to you, you could make a mistake.

If you attempt to administer Aleve on your own, your dog could accidentally receive the wrong dosage. There is also the possibility that an Aleve tablet won’t mix well with other drugs your pet is taking. In either case, this means dealing with potentially fatal side effects.

Side Effects

Not sure if your dog ingested an Aleve tablet? Side effects leave no room for doubt. These include:

  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pale gums
  • Poor coordination (unable to walk or stand without stumbling)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloody stools

If the dosage was high enough, Aleve poisoning can lead to seizures, a comatose state, or death.

Don’t wait for the situation to correct itself. Make sure your pet receives immediate care to avoid heartbreak and tragedy.

Toxic ingestion can be deadly, so get to the vet as soon as you can if you suspect your dog has swallowed something they shouldn’t have. The good news is that accidents like these are covered by your Healthy Paws pet insurance policy. Find out more about what you can give your dog for pain here, and learn more about pet insurance by getting a free quote.