Let’s examine the safety of Pepto-Bismol for dogs, as well as other over-the counter meds.
Dogs are just like us and may find themselves dealing with stomach issues such as standard indigestion, diarrhea, and even gas. Dog owners may ask themselves if they can use Pepto-Bismol for dogs.
Home Remedies for Dog Diarrhea
Severe or long-lasting cases must always be evaluated and treated by a veterinarian. But, minor occurrences of stomach troubles or diarrhea can be treated at home using medications designed for humans.
However, if you see that the symptoms continue after you’ve treated your dog at home, make sure to call and visit your vet.
OTC Medications Safe for Treating GI and Stomach Issues in Dogs?
The common OTC drug Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) is generally safe for administering to most dogs, but veterinarians don’t always suggest it.
Vets are concerned that the salicylates in the drug could prompt gastric bleeding. Also, they worry that the bismuth may cause the stool to turn black.
If it is an emergency, vets generally recommend no more than one or two doses but be sure to talk to your vet first.
Often, vets will prescribe a bismuth subsalicylate drug that has been formulated specifically for dogs, which is called Corrective Suspension.
If your dog has a bleeding disorder, takes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, is pregnant or nursing, they should not take any type of bismuth subsalicylate, as it can be toxic.
Pepto-Bismol Dosage for Dogs
- 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds.
- Given to the dog every 6 to 8 hours.
If you have never given Pepto-Bismol to your dog, talk with your vet first about proper dosage. In the case that your dog continues to have diarrhea after a few doses, cease administering the medication and call your vet.
How To Administer Pepto-Bismol to Your Dog
- Use an empty, plastic syringe (without a needle)
- Firmly but gently, open your dog’s mouth and put the syringe toward the back of the tongue and administer the medication as close to the throat as possible.
- Hold your dog’s muzzle closed for a moment to ensure swallowing.
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Another OTC drug for diarrhea that you can give to your dog is Imodium (Loperamide). Ask your vet before you give Imodium to your dog, as certain conditions and medications make it an unsafe option.
Dosage of Imodium for Dogs
- One 2-milligram pill for every 40 pounds.
- Dosage given 2-3 times per day.
Remember to confirm proper dosage with your vet before starting the medication, and do not give Imodium to your dog for more than two days at a time. If your dog’s symptoms continue, ask your vet for advice.
How to Administer Imodium to Your Dog
- Try to give the pill to your dog in a pill pocket, such as those produced by Greenies.
- Otherwise hide it in a small bite of attractive food, such as cheese.
Many veterinarians recommend Pepcid (famotidine) for dogs that are experiencing acid buildup in their stomachs, gastric ulcers, or other GI issues. Pepcid is not FDA-approved for pets but is considered recommendable by veterinarians for use in some dogs and cats.
Ask your vet before giving Pepcid to your dog, as it may be not the right drug for them, depending on their medical conditions.
Pepcid Dosage for Dogs
- One 10-milligram tablet for every 20 pounds.
- Dosage given every 12-24 hours.
- Administer one hour before feeding times.
Double check with your vet about the proper dosage for your dog and make sure that you buy Pepcid Original Strength in the 10-milligram tablets. Pepcid Complete and Pepcid Maximum Strength are not suitable in terms of ingredients and dosage.
How to Administer Pepcid to Your Dog
- Do not give Pepcid with food.
- Tilt your dog’s head back and place the pill on the back of their tongue.
- Clasp their mouth shut shortly and stroke the throat or blow on the nose to prompt swallowing.
If you have never given a pill to your dog, ask your vet for any other helpful tips they may have.
Other than medications, certain foods like pumpkin and rice may help in the treatment of stomach issues with dogs. Probiotics such as Pro-Viable or Fortiflora may also be helpful options for mild diarrhea. Your vet may have other recommendations and products they for your dog’s situation.
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