You can use Pepto Bismal from the drugstore for your dog when they have an upset stomach or diarrhea. Use a child's dose for each 40 pounds of dog.


Does your dog have an upset stomach? Are you at a loss as to what you can do to relieve their symptoms? Pepto Bismol always seems to do the trick for pet parents, so why not for dogs as well? Learn here how this pink over-the-counter medicine can make your dog's upset stomach a thing of the past.


People use Pepto Bismol for relief from upset stomach and diarrhea. Did you know itís also safe for our canine companions?


QUICK FACTS ABOUT PEPTO BISMOL FOR DOGS


Pepto Bismol is the leading brand of bismuth subsalicylate.
Some brands have a different formulation, so do not treat the brands interchangeably.
Pepto Bismol is both an oral anti-inflammatory and an antacid.
Pepto Bismol is safe for both humans and dogs (not cats!), when used properly.
Pepto Bismol is sold without a prescription, but consult a vet before giving it to your dog because some dogs should not take the drug.


WILL PEPTO BISMOL MAKE MY DOG FEEL BETTER?


Just like us, dogs can get diarrhea, indigestion, or an upset stomach. And, just like us, dogs can get relief by taking bismuth subsalicylate. Corrective Suspension is a brand formulated specifically for dogs, but dogs can also take the same off-the-shelf Pepto Bismol that we do. Just be careful to adjust the dose properly for your dogís weight.


WHEN DOGS SHOULD NOT TAKE PEPTO BISMOL


Just because dogs in general can take Pepto Bismol, doesnít mean your dog should. Reasons for avoiding Pepto include:
If your dog is allergic to one or more of the active ingredients
Pregnant or nursing dogs should not take Pepto
The dog has any of several canine bleeding disorders
The dog is taking any drug that could interact with Pepto Bismol (these include some antibiotics and Aspirin, but to be safe, talk to a vet).


WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR


Pepto Bismol is great for helping your dog feel better in the moment, but sometimes feeling better doesnít really help in the long run. If some deeper problem is causing your dogís symptoms, you donít want to hide the problem with Pepto. If symptoms continue, or if your dog shows signs of serious illness, go visit the vet. Remember to tell your vet if your dog has had Pepto recently, since Pepto Bismol can cause inaccuracies in abdominal x-rays and urinalysis.


A dog with diarrhea for more than a day, or any dog with diarrhea plus any of the following symptoms needs to go to the vet:
Lethargy
Loss of appetite
Straining during or after defecation
Vomiting
Very dark to black stools
Stools mixed with blood or mucus
Additionally since puppies dehydrate easily, any puppy with diarrhea gets a trip to the vet right away.


HOW TO GIVE PEPTO BISMOL TO YOUR DOG

Pepto Bismol usually comes in a pink chalky liquid that dogs (and, incidentally, people) hate. If this is what you have, use a plastic feeding syringe (with no needle) to squirt it into your dogís mouth. Aim to the side, not straight down the throat, and donít give too much in one squirt.


Another option is to use the chewable tablets, since dogs may be duped into thinking these are biscuits. They can also be hidden inside treats.


The recommended dose depends on the dogís weight. The best bet is to ring your veterinarian and ask. Pepto Bismol comes in several different strengths, so make sure your vet knows which kind you have when you ask.


SIDE EFFECTS OF TREATING A DOGíS UPSET STOMACH WITH PEPTO BISMOL


Side effects are rare and usually mild. The most common side effects are constipation, oddly colored stools (grey, black, or green), or a darkened tongue.
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