Today we will let you know if you can use Pepto Bismol for dogs with diarrhea, vomitting or stomach upsets. We’ll show you how to give a dog Pepto Bismol, and give you the right dosage. We will also let you know when to use it, and when to call a veterinarian instead.
You’re probably familiar with Pepto Bismol, the signature pink medicine that you reach for when a mild stomach upset strikes. And if you’re a Pepto Bismol user, then you may have wondered “Can you give a dog Pepto Bismol for digestive issues, too?”
In this article we’ll have a look at what Pepto Bismol is, whether it’s safe for dogs, the correct dosage and when you should not give it to dogs. As with any drug intended for humans, but that can also be given to dogs, it’s always safer to check with your vet whether your dog can have Pepto Bismol.
Pepto Bismol is FDA-approved OTC (over the counter) drug meant for human consumption. But can dogs take Pepto Bismol? Usually they can, and some vets even prescribe it for some conditions. Pepto Bismol has bismuth subsalicylate as the active ingredient. Compounds with this ingredient are also marketed as Kaopectate, Bismatrol, and Castro-Cote, among others. Pepto Bismol must never be given to cats unless it’s prescribed by a vet. Cats are hypersensitive to any form of salicylate.
In the a body the bismuth and the subsalicylate separate and play a dual role in aiding a digestive upset. The bismuth coats the lining of the stomach and intestines to create a buffer against acid. It also binds with the toxins which are responsible for the stomach issues. Binding these toxins helps to stop diarrhea.
Subsalicylate is a compound closely related to aspirin. The salicylate helps to slow down intestinal fluid secretions and the excessive movements of the bowel that cause the diarrhea. The compound also has an anti-inflammatory and a mild antibiotic action. Salicylate is however also known to irritate the lining of the stomach, which can cause ulcers. Furthermore, it also thins the blood which can cause bleeding. That is why Pepto Bismol must always be given according to the recommended doses and length of time.
- Liquid dosage: The recommended dosage is 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds. …
- Chewable tablet dosage: When giving the chewable tablets to your dog, it’s recommended that the medicine is administered at a dosage of 8.5 mg per 1 pound (Regular Strength Pepto Bismol Chewable Tablets).
How Often Can You Give A Dog Pepto Bismol?
If you follow the dosage recommendations above, and your dog isn’t getting better after a few doses, don’t continue giving your dog Pepto Bismol. As we said above, Pepto Bismol has the potential to cause gastric bleeding, so it’s not a good idea to give your dog more than a few doses.
Also, if Pepto Bismol isn’t helping your dog, then your dog may have a more serious digestive issue that needs veterinary care.
What Can Pepto Bismol Treat In Dogs?
Pepto Bismol can help treat your dog’s upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea. It can also cause temporary constipation, so if that’s a problem for your pup, you probably shouldn’t give it to him.
What Is Pepto Bismol and How Does It Work?
The active ingredientin Pepto Bismol is something called bismuth subsalicylate. Bismuthsubsalicylate is a derivative of salicylic acid, which is also the primaryingredient in aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid).
This means that PeptoBismol has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It alsohelps to slightly increase the pH of the stomach and therefore work as anantacid.
However – and here’s the weird thing – nobody understands exactly how it works.
Scientists suspect that itprobably works due to some combination of the medicine’s ability to absorbtoxins, stimulate the intestines to absorb fluid, slow the passage of food andwaste through the intestines, and reduce the acidity of the stomach.
Pepto Bismol also contains a number of inactive ingredients, including Benzoic acid, D&C Red #22, D&C Red #28, flavor, magnesium aluminum silicate, methylcellulose, purified water, saccharin sodium, salicylic acid, sodium salicylate, and sorbic acid.
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