Hydrocodone has been shown to be safe in dogs at appropriate doses. As mentioned above, its use should be based on whether the dog has other conditions that would be affected by this drug. It is also important to note that if you are using a Hydrocodone product with Acetaminophen, you should never allow access to this drug to cats or ferrets. Acetaminophen can be fatal in these animals.
Hydrocodone is used in people to treat chronic pain conditions and is safe if used appropriately. There is a chance of abuse and addiction so use must be monitored closely.
Yes, dogs can take hydrocodone for pain in certain situations. Hydrocodone + Acetaminophen is sometimes used post-operatively following orthopedic procedures. There is not a great deal of evidence for its pain control and there are often better options for pain management.