Most dog owners find themselves confused about treating their dogs when they see they’re not feeling so well. You’ve probably even asked yourself the famous question, “Can I give my dog Tums?”
If you’ve noticed your dog having some kind of digestion problems, experiencing diarrhea, or a tummy ache, we often wonder if Tums would work for our pets as they do for us.
The answer: yes, you can give your dog Tums to provide temporary relief for any digestion issues. However, you should know that it is not the most effective treatment choice.
Whatever the case, consult with your veterinarian to follow his guidelines regarding administering Tums to your dog.
It’s also good to know that there are more effective alternative treatments that are also safer for dogs for digestion issues.
How Do Tums Work for Dogs?
The active ingredient in Tums, which is calcium carbonate, reduces stomach acid in people once taken. When it comes to dogs, it might not work because dogs digest much faster than do humans, so the dose of Tums might go through your dog system too quickly for it to help.
So, How Can Tums Help Dogs?
For dogs, Tums can be a treatment for heartburn, diarrhea, and mild discomfort from various stomach issues.
Even though the medication might pass too quickly, it can still help dogs with some temporary relief from their digestion issues.
Do not use Tums as a calcium supplement for dogs, just because you do it. Repeated use of Tums can lead to serious health issues in dogs, so if a calcium supplement is required, your vet should be consulted.
Additionally, veterinarians sometimes use Tums as a phosphate binder to affect blood phosphorus levels. Clearly, that something you shouldn’t do.
As well, veterinarians can use Tums to treat kidney disease. Because it can also worsen conditions, only your veterinarian should make these decisions and guide you accordingly.
Tums Can Be Bad for Dogs, Too
There are only minimal side effects associated with Tums when given to dogs infrequently. You may not even notice any side effects at all if given to your dog on occasion.
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Meanwhile, Tums contains artificial dyes that your dog may have an allergic reaction to. Repeated use could lead to serious health issues, including urinary stones, kidney disease, and more.
Medication might also contain toxic ingredients, such as xylitol, which is very dangerous to dogs.
If your dog already has kidney disease or other health issues, Tums may actually worsen the condition, so talk to your vet.
Tums can also interact with other medications your dog may be taking.
No medication should ever be administered to a pregnant or nursing dog unless approved by a veterinarian.
Puppies should never be given any drugs without the supervision of a veterinarian. For instance, Tums can affect bone and cartilage growth in puppies because it contains calcium.
How Many Tums Can I Give My Dog?
Another good question frequently asked by dog owners is how many Tums tablets they can give their dogs.
Unfortunately, that is not as easy to answer. That’s because there are different factors involved–the formula and strength of the medication, your dog’s weight, and if he has any underlying health conditions.
So, the safest answer is to ask your veterinarian if you can Tums to your dog. Only a licensed healthcare provider can tell you what is safe.
Are There Safer Alternatives to Tums For Dogs?
Mild stomach issues usually call for fasting, followed by the reintroduction of food. It’s recommended to go with a more easily digestible diet, like smaller portions of boiled chicken and rice.
But, if your dog is experiencing extreme stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, forget about any home remedies and antacids. Call your vet immediately.
And, if your dog is suffering from some kind of mild digestion issues, your vet will likely prescribe some type of medication instead of recommending Tums. For instance, they may prefer other OTC drugs for humans like Pepto-Bismol. But, that should never be assumed, so always ask your vet beforehand.
One way to safely improve your dog digestion, firm loose stools, and treat mild tummy issues is giving your dog pureed pumpkin.
However, if this becomes a frequent issue, an adjustment in their diet might not be enough and may require a vet visit.