Can I give Pepto Bismol for my dog’s upset stomach?
When your child is sick, most likely you grab the magic pink bottle for relief, but can Pepto Bismol for dog upset stomach help as well? After all, it makes perfectly sense, even the commercial tells us how good Pepto Bismol is in curing nausea, upset stomach, indigestion and diarrhea. Also, this medication is readily available making it easy to purchase without a prescription.
Turns out, this medication can be given to dogs, but is Pepto Bismol safe for dogs? The answer is that it depends and it’s always advised to contact your vet before giving any over the counter medications. First off, let’s take a look at what Pepto Bismol really is.
What’s in that Pink Bottle?
“Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea” said an old ad for Pepto that was aired a while back. For those not familiar with this product, pepto bismol is an over-the-counter drug that comes in liquid and tablet form. If you look at the label, you’ll notice that the main ingredient is bismuth subsalicylate. The word salicylate means that the formulation contains the active ingredient in aspirin. To put this in perspective, consider that two tablespoons of pepto contain almost the same quantity as used in an aspirin.
How does pepto bismol work? The medication is meant to coat the lining of the stomach and intestines. It can also help sooth diarrhea caused by intestinal infections.While pepto is helpful for minor stomach problems and diarrhea in dogs, it’s important to consider the aspirin content as some pets may react negatively to it. This means that dogs with the following conditions should not take pepto bismol:
- Dogs known to have an allergy to aspirin
- Dogs who are taking other drugs, in particular tetracycline, steroids, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx or Previcox
- Dogs with a bleeding disorder
- Dogs with a kidney disorder
- Dogs who are pregnant or nursing
- Dogs who are weak and lethargic
- Dogs with an upset stomach due to serious conditions such as a blockage or any of other conditions that warrant an emergency visit.
Dogs Pepto Bismol Dosage
According to veterinarian Dr. Mark Papich the Pepto Bismol dosage for dogs is “0.5 to 1.5 ml per pound per day and the total daily dose should be divided into two to four doses. This amounts to approximately 2 teaspoons (10 ml total) per 10-pounds per day, ideally split between two to four doses.”
And what if you’re using tablets? According to Vet Info “If you’re using the tablets, that is equal to ¼ tablet per 20 pounds of weight every 6-8 hours.” Dogs should only take pepto under the guidance of a veterinarian. The veterinarian formulation of pepto is called “Corrective Supsension“
- Pepto bismol should not be given to cats as it can be toxic.
- Pepto bismol may cause constipation.
- Pepto bismol may temporarily cause a dog’s stools to appear black.
- Pepto bismol may cause darkening of the dog’s tongue.
- Because pepto coats the stomach and intestinal lining, it can interfere with abdominal radiography examinations. It may also interfere with urine tests.
- Pepto bismol may come in different formulations, make sure to read the labels carefully.