Just like humans, modern dogs have a variety of prescription medications available. These help them maintain their health and feel their best. Comprehensive pet insurance plans will usually include coverage for medical prescriptions. For a new dog owner, the world of dog prescriptions can be somewhat confusing. Beyond finding out what pet insurance covers, there is the need to be able to recognize different kinds of prescription medication for dogs.

If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed - don't be! We'll explain the basics here.

What Kind of Medication Do Dogs Need?

Every medication for dogs has a particular purpose. If you're ever confused about what your dog needs, ask your vet. They can best explain what your dog currently needs and where you can get it. Never try to simply guess the correct medication. Many medications come with powerful side effects. Always understand what these are and if you need to prepare for them.

Following are just a few categories of prescriptions that your dog may need in its lifetime.


Antibiotics are used to help prevent infections in dogs. Since dogs don't really understand the concept of "dirty" too well, these are an essential kind of medication. Antibiotics can include things like Doxycycline or Metronidazole which are both used to treat and prevent infections.


Antifungals unsurprisingly are used to combat fungal infections or yeast infections. While similar to antibiotics, it's essential to not confuse the two. Common antifungals for dogs might include Fluconazole, Itraconazole and Ketoconazole.


Dogs don't really have the sense as humans do when it comes to what they can eat and what they shouldn't. That means parasites are always a worry, and antiparasitics are always needed. The best-known canine antiparasitic out there is Ivermectin.

Pain Relievers

Humans often reach for Advil and Tylenol when we're not feeling our best. For dogs, you'll want prescriptions for Tramadol or Gabapentin Treats. Also common are the vast array of "Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs," also known as NSAIDs.


In dogs, steroids are generally given as a specific treatment for specific issues, such as inflammation or cancer. You probably won't run into steroids unless your vet recommends them. Common steroids for dogs include Prednisone.

Can Dogs Use Human Medication?

You may have noticed on the above list that there were one or two brand names you recognized. You may be surprised to discover there are actually plenty of medications that are suitable for both humans and dogs.

This doesn't mean that you should immediately head out to the pharmacy to pick up medication for your pooch. Many human drugs are suitable for dogs. That does not mean, however, that all human medications are canine-friendly. It's important to always check with your vet before getting any prescription medication.

Pet Insurance Plans and Medication

Medication for a dog can get expensive over time. This is especially true if your pet has a medical condition requiring constant support. This is why the best pet insurance plans always include prescription medication as part of what they cover.

With Wagmo pet insurance, you won't have to worry about how to get the proper medication for your furry friend. Our pet insurance plan covers it, as well as so much more! This way, you can focus on the best parts of having a pet. Leave their health to us!