Paracetamol is one of the most commonly-used drugs worldwide. It is available to buy over the counter for humans, and for dogs (as Pardale-V tablets, which contain paracetamol together with codeine). However, there is a lot of confusion about the efficacy and safety of paracetamol in dogs. For example, is paracetamol a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)? Is it safe to use with NSAIDs in dogs as it is in people? This module summarises the published evidence on the use of paracetamol in dogs and relates it to the treatment of acute and chronic pain in practice. It is important to note that paracetamol should never be used in cats.
By doing this module you will:
understand the current knowledge on the pharmacology of paracetamol
know the clinical evidence on the safety and efficacy of paracetamol in dogs
find out how the information provided with veterinary licensed forms of paracetamol relates to the evidence
understand how the evidence informs the practical use of paracetamol.