Can you give puppies Imodium? A Complete Guide

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Dogs, like people, can be afflicted with stomach problems, including indigestion, diarrhea, and gas. Although severe or prolonged symptoms should always be treated by a veterinarian, minor cases of stomach upset or diarrhea can be cared for at home with “people” medications that are safe for dogs. If symptoms persist or if you’ve never given a food or medication mentioned below to your dog, call your veterinarian.

How Does Imodium Treat Diarrhea In Dogs?

Can you give puppies Imodium?

Imodium is actually a brand name for a drug called loperamide, a synthetic opiod. It works by slowing down movement in the intestines, which allows the walls of the intestines to absorb more electrolytes and water and stops food from being pushed through the intestines too quickly.

Slowing down intestinal movement helps your dog’s body digest properly and prevents diarrhea.

You should ask your veterinarian before giving your dog Imodium for diarrhea, though, as there are many situations where it can be harmful.

The following dogs should usually not take Imodium:

  • Dogs that are very young or very old.
  • Dogs that are pregnant or nursing.
  • Dogs that are allergic or have had a previous bad reaction to Imodium.
  • Dogs that are exhibiting signs of illness outside of diarrhea (vomiting, abdominal pain, blood in the stool) or could have diarrhea associated with a gastrointestinal infection, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, or an intestinal blockage or perforation.
  • Dogs that have a mutation in their multidrug resistance (MDR1) gene. Genetic testing is the only way to know for sure if your dog has this mutation although some breeds carry it more frequently than others. If you aren’t sure, don’t administer Imodium without first consulting your vet.
  • Dogs that have existing medical conditions including hypothyroidism, liver or kidney disease, respiratory problems, Addison’s disease, and dogs with head injuries or diseases affecting the brain.
  • Dogs that are currently on other medications. It’s possible that Imodium could interfere with other drugs or increase the chances of side effects.
  • Imodium, generically referred to as loperamide, is an over-the-counter medication that helps stop diarrhea by slowing down the movement of food and water through the gut. This gives the body more time to absorb water out of the intestinal tract. Reminder: ask your vet first and then use this article to help once you’ve gotten the go-ahead.

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