Just like humans, dogs can experience upset stomachs and discomfort. If your furry friend is experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea or upset stomach you may be wondering if it is safe to feed them Pepto Bismol.
Here is what you need to know about using this medication for dogs.
When to use Pepto Bismol in Dogs with diarrhea
1. When diarrhea has not lasted for more than 3 days
2. When it is just an upset stomach and not something more serious
3. When your vet gives you the okay to do so
What are the symptoms of an upset stomach in dogs?
Before deciding to give your dog Pepto Bismol, it is important to know if your dog has just an upset stomach or something more serious.
Your dog may have some of these symptoms
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal Pain
The dogs and don’ts of giving your dog Pepto Bismol
1. Do consult with your veterinarian before giving Pepto Bismol to your dog
While Pepto Bismol can be a helpful treatment it is not appropriate for all cases of upset stomach in dogs. This is why it is important to consult with your veterinarian before administering it.
Your vet can help determine the underlying cause of your dog’s symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment.
2. Do use an appropriate dose for your dog’s weight
Your vet can advise on the appropriate dosage and frequency of Pepto Bismol for your dog’s specific needs. As it is important to determine the dosage before administering.
In general, pet owners usually give 0.5 to 1ml of Pepto Bismol per pound of body weight every 6-8 hours or 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds every 6-8 hours.
3. Do stop the medication if diarrhea continues
If your dog’s diarrhea does not stop after a few doses you should stop administering the medication and see your veterinarian.
Giving too much Pepto Bismol can lead to side effects like consumption, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
4. Dog monitor your dog for adverse reactions
Watch for any adverse reactions in your dog that may include swelling of the face or body, vomiting, or diarrhea. Also, watch for symptoms without improvement or increase in severity.
While Pepto Bismol can be a helpful tool in treating your dog’s upset stomach, it is important to remember that it is not a cure-all. If your dog’s symptoms persist or worsen it is important to seek veterinary care immediately.
Alternatives to Pepto Bismol for your dog’s digestive issues
Imodium or loperamide is another over-the-counter medication that dogs can take to relieve diarrhea. However, there are some dogs that shouldn’t take it because it can interact with certain medications.
Pepcid or famotidine is a medication that helps with stomach acid build-up and gastric ulcers to help with gastrointestinal issues.
There are some foods like plain white rice and pumpkin that can help with stomach issues in dogs. To learn more about it read here.
Probiotics can also help with diarrhea if it is not too severe. To learn more about probiotics for dogs read here.
Always speak with your veterinarian before giving your dog pepto-bismol.