Is Robitussin Safe For Dogs

For dry, non-productive coughing in dogs, Robitussin DM (Dextromethorphan)–(2mg/mL), can be given.

Drug Interactions:

  • Never give your dog Robitussin without the approval of your veterinarian.
  • Robitussin has not been evaluated for safety during pregnancy or lactation and should be used with caution in either situation.
  • Use with caution in pets with liver disease or skin allergies (atopy).
  • Use with caution in patients with chronic coughs or wet coughs.
  • Should not be used concurrently with Amitraz-containing collars.
  • Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:

    Vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, sleepiness, drooling, anxiousness

    Signs of overdose include rapid heartbeat, collapse, incoordination, muscle tremors, seizures, facial swelling, and hives.

    Are there any drug interactions I should be aware of?

    The following medications should be used with caution when given with dextromethorphan: CYP2D6 inhibitors, metoclopramide, MAOIs, naloxone, opioids, quinidine, serotonergic agents, or tramadol.

    Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any medications (including vitamins, supplements, or herbal therapies) that your pet is taking.


    What kind of Robitussin can I give my dog?

    For coughing: –Dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM with dextromethorphan at 10-15 mg/5ml and Guafenisin at 100mg/5ml), for cough. Roughly, 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds for dogs. Note: This is for Robitussin without Codeine.

    Can dogs take Robitussin for kennel cough?

    Popular brands with dextromethorphan are Robitussin-DM, Benylin and Delsym. You can buy medicines with this drug specifically made for dogs. And dextromethorphan is sometimes used in combination with acetaminophen.

    Can I give my dog Robitussin DM Max?

    If your dog is coughing up a storm, you may consider giving him a cough suppressant such as Robitussin. This medicine is only intended to be used for a short time period and should only be given under a veterinarian’s approval.