Can A Dog Die Sooner If He/She Is On Medication?

Question by ♪Queen of Couture♫: Can A Dog Die Sooner If He/She Is On Medication?
I was just wondering because everyone is saying that when your dog is on medication it will shorten their life span.

If so,the medication will shorten the dog’s life by how many years?

Thanks for your help!!
I was asking because my friend’s dog is on medication for his mouth but I’m not sure what the dosage is.
Sorry that I said it’s not dog lol

It’s not my dog it is my friend’s dog.
The ‘everyone’ is for all my parent’s friends who say that.
It’s NOT dog,it’s my friend’s & the ‘everyone’ is all my parent’s friends who have had dogs so no need to be RUDE
It’s NOT dog,it’s my friend’s & the ‘everyone’ is all my parent’s friends who have had dogs so no need to be RUDE

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Answer by moondog
Medication for which illness?
Logic tells me that if a dog needs medication it must be sick. In which case the dog is likely to have a shorter lifespan without medication.

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5 Comments on "Can A Dog Die Sooner If He/She Is On Medication?"

  1. oregano13
    02/04/2014 at 10:30 pm Permalink

    That would depend on the specific medication and the dosage, as well as the condition it is being prescribed to treat. Generally a dog on medication regularly for a chronic issue would have some underlying issue that would tend to shorten its natural lifespan.

  2. Cassie-Dane & Bully Breed lover
    02/04/2014 at 11:30 pm Permalink

    meds are used to fix issues that are a threat to your dog….

    so no, meds dont cause them to die sooner, it helps to prevent issues.

    unless the dosage is wrong or something

  3. ainawgsd
    02/04/2014 at 11:57 pm Permalink

    And who exactly is “everyone?” What effect medication has on an animal’s lifespan depends entirely on what kind of medication it is and the individual animal’s ability to tolerate it. Certain kinds of medication can be hard on the liver and kidneys and most medications are toxic if overdosed at a high enough level, but generally your vet will not prescribe these meds unless the benefit to your pet significantly outweighs the risk of organ damage. Many medications significantly *increase* a pet’s lifespan by allowing their body to function more normally (thyroid medication for example, or anti-seizure medication).

    The real question should not be “will it shorten his lifespan?” but rather “will it increase the quality of life that the dog has left?” Who cares if the dog lives an extra 6-12 months if the poor dog is so crippled with pain that they can’t even get up to go outside and potty? Or if the seizures will kill him twice as fast as the medication?

  4. Jessie
    03/04/2014 at 12:35 am Permalink

    Who the heck is this ‘everyone’? That’s an insane idea.

    If you don’t vaccinate your dog, don’t keep him on a heartworm preventative, etc–that will shorten your dog’s lifespan. If you don’t treat his illnesses, that will shorten his lifespan.

    What is your dog being treated for, and with what medication?

    ETA: If he’s on medication for his mouth, it’s most likely an anitbiotic to eradicate an infection in his gums. If eh weren’t on it, the infection would worsen and he could get a systemic infection which could damage his heart. So the medication is probably saving him and helping him, not hurting him.

  5. Chula Lula
    03/04/2014 at 1:21 am Permalink

    ask your vet for an honest medical opinion.

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