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?
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:
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.