In both people and pets, the trachea is the tube that carries air from the nose and mouth through the neck and into the lungs. The frightening term “collapsing trachea” refers to a relatively common disease that causes chronic coughing and other symptoms in dogs.
How does Robitussin DM work in dogs
Guaifenesin is an expectorant that works by reducing mucus obstruction in the airways, loosening chest congestion , while dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant that works by blocking cough signals from reaching the brain .
It can be very confusing and even more so when it comes to your precious pet dog.
Here is what’s certain:
Guaifenesin is a super popular medicine. Robitussin in particular has at least 15 different variations including some formulated for children.
Are you wondering if Robitussin can be given to your dog for a cough, mucus, sinus problems or other flu-like symptoms?
We want you to have an accurate & safe OTC medication reference that is always available to you on our website. It is never safe to assume that a human medication is a safe and effective treatment for your pet, so if you have any questions, please speak with a veterinarian. Although these medications are generally safe when administered as described below, they may not be appropriate in every case. Of course, this information is NOT meant to replace the examination and diagnosis of a veterinarian and should be used at your own discretion.
For dry, non-productive coughing in dogs, Robitussin DM (Dextromethorphan)–(2mg/mL), can be given. Read all ingredients thoroughly on the package, as some formulations may not contain Dextromethorphan or may contain additional ingredients (ex. Acetaminophen), which should never be given to your pet. A cough can be a indicator of a serious respiratory or heart condition, so if your dogs cough has not improved in 24 hours, please contact your veterinarian.
In the event of a seizure, please remain as calm as possible to reduce additional stress on your pet. Wrap your pet in a blanket (or lay on something soft), lay him/her on their side, and reduce lighting until the seizure stops (usually within 1-3 minutes). DO NOT PUT YOUR FINGERS IN YOUR PETS MOUTH, THEY WILL NOT SWALLOW THEIR TONGUE. Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. If the seizure continues for more than 5 minutes, take your pet immediately to the veterinarian.
In the unfortunate event that you have found your pet with a wound or laceration, first protect yourself from being bitten before trying to treat the wound. Although your pet may be the sweetest thing on the planet, sometimes a painful injury will trigger him/her to bite or bite at you as you try to help him/her. Once safely restrained, apply direct pressure to stop any bleeding and bandage the wound lightly (if possible). Most lacerations can be sutured for up to 12 hours after an injury, if the wound is kept clean and veterinary care is given within that time. For deeper or infected wounds, water and antibacterial soap are the best means of cleaning these wounds. Once wounds are clean, regular Neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment can be safely applied to dogs and cats.
Nobody likes to have a family pet that isnt feeling well. Often it seems that pets become sick when it is after-hours, a holiday, or you are out of town with your pet. Of course there is lots of information available online about over-the-counter (OTC) medications, but some of this information is not correct, misinformed, misleading, and even dangerous for your pet.
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