Can I give iron pills to my dog? Essential Tips

What if I miss giving my pet the medication?

If you miss a dose, give it when you remember, but if it is close to the time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and give it at the next scheduled time, and return to the regular dosing schedule. Never give your pet two doses at once or give extra doses.

The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.

Iron is a chemical element that is commonly found in multiple sources around the house, garden, and yard. Sources of iron include fertilizers, multivitamins (particularly prenatal vitamins), dietary mineral supplements, some types of hand warmers, and oxygen absorbers (small sachets found in food items like beef jerky, rawhide bags, etc.). When ingested in poisonous amounts, iron can be very toxic. As iron comes in several sources, the amount of elemental iron versus “total” iron must be calculated out to see if it is a poisonous ingestion or not. When in doubt, have a medical professional at Pet Poison Helpline assist you with finding out if the amount ingested was toxic or not. Iron poisoning in dogs can range in severity of signs from vomiting, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, and abdominal pain to more severe signs of shock, tremors, and potential cardiac and liver effects.

Are there any drug interactions I should be aware of?

The following medications should be used with caution when given with ferrous sulfate: antacids, calcium supplements, chloramphenicol, fluoroquinolones, H2-receptor antagonists, penicillamine, proton-pump inhibitors, tetracyclines, or vitamin C. Vitamins, herbal therapies, and supplements have the potential to interact with each other, as well as with prescription and over the counter medications. It is important to tell your veterinarian about any medications (including all vitamins, supplements, or herbal therapies) that your pet is taking.

Large doses can also affect certain stool blood tests, and cause false positives.

FOODS for dogs WITH ANEMIA (What to eat)

Typically, anemia is a symptom of an underlying disease. It can impact your dog’s body in many different ways. Today, our Baltimore vets explain how we treat anemia in dogs, which diet options may be ideal and more.

Generally, anemia happens when a dog’s body does not produce enough red blood cells or hemoglobin, which carry oxygen to the tissues in healthy canines. The cells produce energy and carbon dioxide is left behind, before being exhaled from the body via the lungs.

But with an insufficient number of red blood cells, less oxygen is carried to the tissues, which leads to fatigue and weakness.

Anemia is most often a symptom of an underlying disease, but can also be caused by severe blood loss due to conditions such as cancer or stomach ulcers. Other potential causes include injury, an accident or trauma.

Based on the underlying cause, signs and symptoms of anemia in dogs may vary. They can include: