If Pepto-Bismol isn’t a good idea for dogs, what should I do for GI upset?
At this point, you have a pretty good idea that reaching for the Pepto-Bismol wouldn’t be the first thing I would recommend if your dog is having some tummy troubles. Instead, consider contacting your dog’s veterinary team for advice.
They may recommend trying symptomatic treatment with a bland diet or feeding a small amount of food and water at a time. Alternatively, based on your dog’s symptoms or history, the veterinary team may suggest making an appointment with the vet. Ideally, don’t give your dog any medications before talking to the vet or veterinary team.
Pepto-Bismol is not safe in pregnant or nursing dogs
The salicylic acid found in Pepto-Bismol may be detrimental to the fetus or nursing puppy. That’s why it is best not to give it to pregnant or nursing dogs.
Pepto-Bismol can cause GI ulcers
We just finished talking about how Pepto-Bismol can make it look like your dog has GI bleeding, but in some causes it can actually cause gastric ulcer disease in dogs and gastric bleeding too. One of the ingredients of Pepto-Bismol, salicylic acid (i.e. aspirin) can make a dog more likely to have GI ulcers which may bleed.
What happens if you give Pepto-Bismol to a dog?
What can you give dogs for upset stomach?
- Chicken and Rice. Chicken and rice are prime ingredients in many dog foods, and these mild foods sit well on upset canine stomachs. …
- Shredded Chicken. Shredded chicken is easy on upset stomachs and acts as a huge eating incentive for dogs with decreased appetites. …
- Pumpkin. …
- Bone Broth. …
- Baby Food.
Can you give dogs Pepto-Bismol for vomiting?