Can dogs take human zinc?

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Most dogs don't need zinc supplementation (but certain breeds may require extra).

While zinc is healthy, it can also be detrimental for the dog.


Pet-Safe Products.

That said, not all products are OK to use on a Pet.

The thick, white cream that lifeguards slather on their noses contains zinc oxide, a common ingredient in diaper-rash ointments.

zinc oxide is effective as a sunscreen for humans, but it's toxic for dogs.

It's highly important that you only use formulas that are specifically intended as sunscreen for dogs. They should not contain zinc oxide or para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), as these ingredients are toxic to dogs if ingested, and dogs will often lick their skin and accidentally ingest the sunscreen.

Zinc poisoning is most prevalent in pet dogs.

Another source of Zinc is supplementation by well-meaning pet owners who think their dog or cat isn't getting enough in their diet.

Zinc can have toxic effects when free Zinc is released by stomach acid.


Amoxicillin is available in 250mg and 500mg capsules.

The recommended dose of Amoxicillin in dogs and cats is 5-10mg/pound every 12-24 hours.

Amoxicillin can be given with or without food as it is stable in gastric conditions.


Tums is a brand of antacid that is used to treat symptoms of heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers in humans.

However, it is safe to give to dogs if they are experiencing symptoms of an upset stomach.

Antacids work by increasing the pH of the digestive tract to a more basic level.


Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections in dogs.

Antibiotics either kill the bacteria or prevent them from multiplying, so the dog's immune system can fight them off.

They can be used internally or externally for skin and ear infections.


Antihistamines can be used in dogs to reduce the signs of allergy.

The following antihistamines appear safe in dogs (note that Benadryl is no longer sold in Australia as diphenhydramine tablets).

These doses have essentially been worked out by trial and error and often scaled down from human doses.

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