Can I Give My Dog? Accurate Answers for Dog Owners Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:06:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Can I Give My Dog Food With Gluten? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:32:06 +0000 Gluten Free Diet for DogsGluten free diets, both for people and dogs, seem like a fad to a lot of folks but this is simply not true. It is a misconception by those who are unaffected by… Continue...]]>

Gluten Free Diet for DogsGluten free diets, both for people and dogs, seem like a fad to a lot of folks but this is simply not true. It is a misconception by those who are unaffected by gluten.

It you suffer from Celiac Disease then you know how terrible gluten can be for the body. Gluten intake, for some people and some dogs, can ruin quality of life without you even knowing it!

If your dog has been suffering from some longstanding and difficult to diagnose health problems then you should try eliminating gluten entirely from their diet. After a couple of weeks, you may be surprised at the positive results. Until you try it, you won’t know!

Can I Give My Dog Foods Containing Gluten? Answer: Yes, but try Gluten-Free if you have an unhealthy K9!

Gluten and its effects on the body is poorly understood. Most people who eat foods containing it have no idea they may be much better off without it. For dogs, this problem is even more of a mystery.

The trend to remove gluten from the diet is absolutely legitimate. It’s something more dog owners should understand for the sake of both their canine’s health as well as their own. If you think this type of diet may be negatively affecting your dog please read on!

Be Healthier, Be Gluten Free

While dogs and humans are living longer, we tend to have chronic medical problems. A lot of these problems are ongoing, very frustrating and often difficult to diagnose.

A gluten free diet could possibly change your dog’s life. If you are here asking about giving gluten to a dog, maybe you have a pet suffering from allergies, digestive problems, constant scratching or some other lingering K9 problems. One thing is sure, lots of grains and starches can reduce overall gut health and create inflammation in some K9s.

In fact, Gluten intolerance can cause a very wide variety of bad symptoms which makes finding the source of a dogs’ misery difficult to pin down. Many good doctors and vets don’t know much about gluten which tends to add to the duration of ill health for those affected. Suffering from gluten sensitivity could go on for years, even a lifetime, before some relief is discovered by switching to a strictly gluten-free diet.

The truth is many dogs suffer from chronic illnesses and other diseases which are highly degenerative because of a poor diet. Celiac disease, which is the autoimmune condition triggered by gluten intake, over time leads to other serious complications which can literally kill a dog. This hereditary disease starts in the small intestine and leads to other complications such as malnutrition which in turns leads to other health problems.

What exactly is Gluten?

Gluten is a plant-based protein primarily found in grains. Rye, oats, barley, wheat and other less popular variations are loaded up with gluten. Anything processed from these grains contains gluten as well. Much of what you find on the shelves at the grocery store contains gluten. A dog wouldn’t normally eat grains but they are probably getting it daily unless you really know what to look for!

Unfortunately so many pre-made foods, including dog food, have elements of these gluten-laden grains. Being gluten free requires sacrifice, discipline and good research to avoid eating certain foods. People find this to be tough but feeling much better makes it well worth the sacrifice if you are intolerant to it. Your dog depends on you to provide the right diet. Why not try gluten-free dog food for their sake?

Is Gluten OK for Dogs?

Dogs can be sensitive to gluten but it doesn’t mean it is necessarily bad for all of them. Research shows that approximately 1% of people show extremely adverse reactions to gluten meaning they are celiacs. Others experience bloating and other forms of gluten sensitivity which aren’t as bad. I suspect that dogs can suffer from some form of gluten intolerance as well. On the flip side, since canines digest foods quicker than we do, they may be less susceptible to the negative effects of gluten. More study is needed in this area.

In any case, if your dog has a sensitive stomach or frequent diarrhea, he or she may have Celiac Disease or at least be intolerant to gluten. The intestines of such dogs can be badly damaged from long term exposure to gluten and this affects their digestive tracts. The result is malabsorption of vitamins and other proteins which dogs really need to thrive.

Does Dog Food Contain Gluten?

Yes, most dog foods have gluten in them. A lot of the fillers in dog food, wheat based ingredients, contain gluten. Even small amounts of it can be harmful to some dogs. Now may be a great time to switch brands and shop for gluten-free dog food. While it is usually more expensive, you may find it to be a small price to pay.

The Home-Made Dog Food Option

Perhaps the best alternative to expensive store bought gluten-free dog food is to prepare your K9′s meals yourself. This way you will know exactly what your dog is eating. This is truly important if you know that your dog suffers from certain ingredients.

Since so many foods contain traces of gluten, home prepared meals may be the best way to achieve peace of mind. You’ll be motivated to continue creating meals for your K9 if you have personally witnessed your dog recover from a long and difficult illness by eliminating gluten from their diet.

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Can I Give My Dog Cefdinir? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:23:19 +0000 Cefdinir as an Antibiotic for DogsCefdinir is a popular antibiotic, available in capsule and liquid forms, which is marketed under a few different brand names. Since this drug is a top selling antibiotic in the cephalosporin class, we… Continue...]]>

Cefdinir as an Antibiotic for DogsCefdinir is a popular antibiotic, available in capsule and liquid forms, which is marketed under a few different brand names. Since this drug is a top selling antibiotic in the cephalosporin class, we wanted to specifically cover it here so dog owners can learn more about it. The use of antibiotics, including for dogs, has skyrocketed and for good reason.

Countless K9s have lived longer because the spread of deadly bacteria is successfully stopped as a result of Cefdinir and similar agents. While antibiotics are great for fighting and preventing infection, they do carry risks for dogs for reasons we’ll discuss.

With so many options and brands, it is hard to know what’s best for your dog. If you have a canine that you think requires an antibiotic then you’ll be interested to get the information here. In general, Cefdinir can be given to a dog but that’s not all you need to know. Find out as much as you can, regarding this drug, to successfully treat your beloved dog.

Can I Give My Dog Cefdinir? Answer: Yes, as Prescribed by a Trustworthy Vet, but there are Better Options

We’ve previously covered other popular antibiotics such as Bactrim, Cephalexin and Mobic but maybe you have Cefdinir in your house from a leftover prescription. The truth is that antibiotics are all fairly similar, in their common usage, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they are all safe for dogs. Cefdinir is typically used to treat human respiratory tract infections, and other related issues, so while it may help a dog, it probably isn’t the best option out there.

What Antibiotics are Safe for Dogs?

It is sad that confusion is so prevalent in the way drugs in general are marketed in the United States. Not long ago Omnicef was the brand name for Cefdinir but it was discontinued for whatever reason. If you don’t stay on top of these business developments, it can be daunting when choosing a medicine. It is a doctors’ job to stay on top of the latest and greatest drugs, including the job of vets, which is why we pay them the big bucks, (sigh).

The most popular antibiotics for dogs are Cephalexin (mentioned earlier), Enrofloxacin (trade-name Baytril), Sulfadimethoxine (trade-names Di-Methox or Albon), Amoxycilin, Oxytetracycline (trade-name Liquamycin) and Tetracycline. Veterinarians are typically prescribing these for such things as urinary infections, nasty bites, ear infections, post surgery prevention, etc.

If you stick to these and provide a proper dosage, as instructed, then your dog should be in good shape and up to taking the treatment. One thing people often do, which reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics, is fail to finish the prescribed dose. Even if your dog is fully recovered you need to make sure they complete the treatment. Correct dosage including daily and total duration is key!

Negative Cefdinir Side Effects

If you choose to go with Cefdinir AKA Cefzon on your own, not really recommended, you need to know about the side effects your dog could experience. Bad reactions range from mild symptoms to severe complications for both humans and dogs alike. Everyone is different so you won’t know how your dog takes to it until they have it in their system. Observe your dog for vomiting, diarrhea, loss of balance, tiredness and a poor appetite. Some symptoms won’t be as apparent because your dog can’t communicate them to you which is why you should monitor their overall behavior and mood for telltale changes. If your dog is pregnant, this is even more reason to consult with a vet before administering it.

The most common problem with taking Cefdinir is an upset stomach. In this situation, a bland diet such as skinless, boneless chicken with rice is best while you take them off their regular diet for a few days. In more serious cases, you can give your dog peroxide to induce vomiting if warranted. The use of hydrogen peroxide would most often be used if your K9 got too high a dose. This solution to an overdose would need to be done very early on, prior to absorption. Otherwise you need to get to a vet ASAP!

Some other and more serious Cefdinir symptoms include difficulty breathing, swelling or the development of rash or hives ie. skin irritation. Your dog could even be allergic to Cefdinir although this is rare. If you notice any bad symptoms while your dog is taking Cefdinir, or any drug for that matter, you should stop giving them the drug and head to the vet. While we all have good intentions when trying to help our dogs, sometimes we make matters worse.

Summary on Cefdinir For Your Dog

Antibiotics are a very important aspect of treatment for dogs. While Cefdinir isn’t the first option most vets would recommend, it isn’t expressly out of the question as a treatment option for your dog. It is not advisable to give Cefdinir to a dog unless you are cleared to do so by an experienced and trusted vet. It is likely they will recommend another type of antibiotic instead. In any case, a veterinarian can offer the proper dose and treatment plan based on your dog’s situation.

As with any drug developed for humans, you need to be very careful when providing it to your dog. I can’t tell you how many sad dog owners are out there regretting their decision to give their best friend some powerful medication. If you follow the advice of a vet you will have piece of mind and your canine will have the best shot at living a happier and healthier life.

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Can I Vaccinate My Dog? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:30:38 +0000 Vaccinating a Dog at HomeAre you thinking of giving your dog a vaccination at home? Immunizations for dogs is such an important topic for all canine owners. Recently there has been a reevaluation of pet vaccination protocol… Continue...]]>

Vaccinating a Dog at HomeAre you thinking of giving your dog a vaccination at home? Immunizations for dogs is such an important topic for all canine owners. Recently there has been a reevaluation of pet vaccination protocol in general which is confirmed by the most credible authorities on this topic. Combine that with widespread mistrust of immunizations and you have an intensely debated issue for many dog owners.

Some people claim they don’t need any vaccines, for themselves or their dogs, including those required by law. We disagree, you need to vaccinate your dog. Too often people choose a side based on emotions or fear. The internet has certainly spread a lot of doubt about vaccination medicine. Don’t let that affect your dog’s health.

There is much confusion regarding this controversial topic. So let’s clear things up right now. Yes, you need to have your dog vaccinated. Hopefully you agree. The question now is, can you do it yourself? We’ll focus on that question right here for your dog’s sake.

Can I Vaccinate My Dog? Answer: No, be safe and leave it to a licensed vet

More and more dog owners want to know if they can administer vaccines for their dog(s) themselves, rather than having it done at the vet. Stagnant wages, high unemployment, and rising costs are causing people to cut corners in all aspects of their lives. It is understandable. (just clipped some dog food coupons)

The thinking is, if you could give your dog the required vaccine injections maybe you could save a bunch of money by avoiding a bill from your local vet. Or maybe you just like to be hands on with your dog and shots don’t scare you a bit.

DIY Home Vaccinations for Dogs?

Do-it-yourself vaccination kits are indeed sold online so it is definitely something to look into. Many of the materials, but not all, are available for purchase but honestly I just don’t think most dog owners should be doing it. Cleaning your dog’s teeth and ears are things which are more on par with routine and safe do-it-yourself dog home care in my opinion.

If you have some specialized experience working with animals, I’d say do your research and go for it. Maybe you are a nurse or a doctor, in which case you are probably up to the challenge. Otherwise you should just leave vaccinations to the professionals and I’ll explain why as you continue reading.

Besides, depending on the state in which you live, you are unlikely to get your hands on all the vaccines since many governments require a licensed vet to administer them. Therefore, you’ll have some legal roadblocks in achieving full immunization for your dog.

Which Vaccinations are Required for Dogs

The Rabies vaccine is mandated by law in the United States. View the laws in all 50 states regarding Rabies vaccination so you can familiarize yourself with the specific requirements for your location. As you can see, almost all states require that a licensed veterinarian administer a Rabies shot.

There are several other core vaccines which are highly recommended, and often legally required, for your dog. Perhaps they have already received them which is why you absolutely must keep good records! This is another reason why vets are so important since your dog’s medical history is better documented and standardized during each visit.

Other Core Vaccinations for K9s

Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus are the other serious viral infections dogs are most susceptible to and which need to be protected against with vaccinations. Many people also protect their dogs against Parainfluenza and Bordetella.

Puppies typically are given the core vaccinations from 8 to 12 weeks after birth. Look over your dog’s records to get an idea of their next required shots. We’ll touch on vaccination timing for dogs further down the page.

Negative Vaccine Side Effects

If you choose to vaccinate a dog yourself you need to know the dangers. If your canine experiences an anaphylactic reaction, which is quite rare, then your dog could die since they won’t have access to life saving measures which are available at a vets’ facility. Allergic reactions are probably the number 1 reason why I personally wouldn’t chance it.

Confusion over Duration & Timing of Vaccinations

Recent data seem to indicate that people are probably over vaccinating their dogs. Unfortunately, it is hard to scientifically nail down how often your dog should receive another dose of an immunization. Most vets will tell you that you don’t need to vaccinate yearly as was previously believed.

Often you don’t need to have your dog vaccinated for any particular virus more than every 3 years, but that is simply generalizing. It really depends on their risk factors including where they spend a lot of their time, their breed, their age, and medical history.

This is another reason why you should leave it to a vet that you trust. Let them figure out what’s best for your dog based on their experience and training. The key is to find a vet you have full confidence in. If they are really good at what they do, they shouldn’t need to sell you any unnecessary vaccines since they’ll have plenty work to do each and every day.

Final Thoughts on Vaccinating Your Dog

At the very least, speak to your veterinarian and go over your dog’s immunization history with them. Find out the vet’s opinion regarding vaccination frequency as it applies to your dog.

Hopefully, after talking to them, you will realize they are looking out for your canine and offering sound vaccination advice. Maybe they can convince you not to undertake the job on your own. A vet can definitely help you sort out all the vaccination confusion so you can focus on the happier aspects of dog ownership!

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Can I Give My Dog Robitussin? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:18 +0000 Give a Dog RobitussinEveryone has heard of Robitussin. It has probably saved you a trip to the doctor a few times. People don’t think twice before taking this popular cold medicine. However, if your dog is… Continue...]]>

Give a Dog RobitussinEveryone has heard of Robitussin. It has probably saved you a trip to the doctor a few times. People don’t think twice before taking this popular cold medicine. However, if your dog is sick you might have some doubts about giving them Robitussin to treat their symptoms. You’d be right to be concerned because Robitussin is quite strong, especially for pets, so you must know more about it before you can safely give it to your dog.

It may have been a long time since you’ve used Robitussin and much has changed. Due to marketing and the ongoing battle for market share in the cold medicine business, Robitussin now has more than 15 different variations of their product including some specifically formulated for children. Unfortunately, with all those choices there is still nothing geared specifically towards helping dogs or pets in general. Dogs are actually worse off in regards to the Robutussin expansion because often their owners are confused as to which type to provide. This is dangerous!

Robitussin is considered a Schedule V Controlled Substance in the US. This cough syrup is a controlled product for humans meaning it should be highly controlled for a dog since the medicine not formulated for them. Proper dosage, possible allergic reactions and other factors are based on testing done on people and not dogs. So is Robitussin safe for dogs? Let’s dig a little deeper to find out as much as possible before you give a dog some Robitussin.

Can I Give My Dog Robitussin? Answer: Yes but be well informed and ask your vet first

With healthcare costs skyrocketing for both people and pets, medicines like Robitussin are becoming the end all solution for many households. It can treat so many of the respiratory symptoms associated with the common cold. Has your dog been coughing a lot or are they struggling with lingering mucus, sinus problems or a combination of various cold or flu symptoms? Vets actually do sometimes prescribe Robitussin to treat these nagging problems found in under-the-weather dogs. They particularly use it to treat dogs for kennel cough.

But do you even know how it works? Basically it is a cough suppressant. It won’t cure your dog’s cold at all. Check the label for something called Dextromethorphan. That’s the main active ingredient in Robitussin that will act to suppress the cough reflex signals in your dog’s brain. It sounds crazy but that’s how it works.

Side Effects

Honestly, this medicine can cause so many side effects that your head will spin, no pun intended. Robitussin is actually known to be abused by lots of bored young people. Take it from them, your dog can experience hallucinogenic effects from too high a dose. Other symptoms, usually from heavy use, can include shallow breathing, anxiety, dizziness, nervousness, restlessness and confusion. People abuse it because it is a cheap alternative to marijuana which your dog should obviously not experience.

You don’t want your dog suffering from withdrawals and experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above. They can definitely occur if taken for an extended period of time. Remember that Robitussin should be used as only temporary relief for your dog. Be sure to properly monitor them after they consume any type of antitussive such as this.

Robitussin Dosage for Dogs

So how much Robitussin to give a dog is the question lots of K9 owners are asking. First off, you’ll want to stick with Robitussin that contains dextromethorphan which is the most commercially available. Be warned that Robitussin AC contains opiates such as codeine which is a naturally occurring morphine! This can be habit forming which is why a prescription is required in some places.

Second, consider that it comes in both liquid and tablet form. Most people find it is easier to administer in tablet form, mixing it with dog food. Finally, and most importantly, you need to know the key factors by which to arrive at the proper dosage. Ideally, you want to let a veterinarian determine the dose for your dog. Their weight, size, age, breed and known allergies will all play a factor.

For the above reasons, it is difficult to give you on an exact dosage. Every 10 hours or so you can use up to half a milligram per pound (always know your dog’s weight) but don’t exceed this dosage unless the vet specifically advises you to do so. The same formula would apply to the liquid form but you will need to carefully check the label’s concentration to arrive at that proper amount.

What are the Alternatives?

Mucinex is similar to Robitussin because they both contain guaifenesin which is known as an expectorant. If your dog has mucus in their lungs, guaifenesin will help to loosen it which in turn helps to clear it. If you would like to go the natural route, honey is suggested for treating many of the same symptoms your dog may be experiencing. You may also want to try certain types of teas which are well known for treating and relieving flu symptoms and the common cold. This has been a particularly bad winter so a cold can be rough for a dog. Please share some ideas for treating a canine with cold-related symptoms with our community by commenting below.

Final Thoughts on Giving a Dog Robitussin

Understand that Robitussin is a powerful drug and not intended for dogs. It is one of the cough preparations which can contain an opiate. That is serious business. It is, however, considered acceptable for use according to most vets. I can’t stress enough that if you do use Robitussin for a dog, it should be for a short time. They also need to be closely watched for bad reactions to it. If your K9 isn’t getting better you really need to take them to the vet because they could have a medical condition you aren’t aware of.

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Can I Give My Dog Rimadyl? Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:28:01 +0000 Rimadyl for DogsRimadyl is the most popular carprofen brand on the market for treating dog joint deterioration and the associated ailments that come with it. Dogs are living longer than ever so, as a result,… Continue...]]>

Rimadyl for DogsRimadyl is the most popular carprofen brand on the market for treating dog joint deterioration and the associated ailments that come with it. Dogs are living longer than ever so, as a result, arthritis has become a common K9 ailment. If you are an older person, you probably can relate to the suffering and discomfort a dog may experience due to joint issues. Since your canine is part of your family, it is logical to research the best treatment options for alleviating your dog’s problems.

All too often your vet will be quick to prescribe medication for conditions typically found in arthritic dogs. There are now so many options that choosing becomes somewhat of a dilemma. Research becomes invaluable because, the sad truth is, vets often prescribe useless medications whether they know it or not.

There is reason to believe Rimadyl, or some other carprofen brands, can be a good treatment option for your ailing dog. Let’s go over the information so you can intelligently discuss Rimadyl with your vet. Unfortunately, financial incentive has blinded many veterinarians these days which is why you need to be well informed when using their services. This way you will have made your best effort to have your dog treated the right way.

Can I Give My Dog Rimadyl? Answer: Yes, as Prescribed by a Vet

Rimadyl is Pfizer’s primary pet medication for treating dogs with arthritis including osteoarthritis. This carprofen also provides supportive treatment for hip dysplasia as well as various other joint inflammation conditions. It must be understood that this is a medication which simply enhances a dogs’ overall quality of life and improves mobility rather than cures their underlying problems. As frustrating as it is, there is no known cure for arthritis either in humans or K9s.

This FDA approved anti-inflammatory drug, non-steroidal NSAID also helps dogs recover more comfortably after orthopedic surgery. Experts are now saying Rimadyl is more effective than supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin.

Side Effects of Rimadyl

This info is going to seem scary. As with all drugs, Rimadyl carries some serious side effects which must be taken very seriously. It is a powerful drug only available by prescription. If your vet talks you out of Rimadyl it will be because of the well-known adverse side effects some dogs’ experience. Over use can lead to the development of ulcers and kidney or liver damage. If your best friend is dehydrated while taking this, renal toxicity can occur. Gastrointestinal symptoms are also relatively common. Dogs have died in rare cases.

Some more typical bad reactions can include a loss of appetite, increase in thirst, increase in urination, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and changes in your dog’s behavior. It sounds really bad but many dogs don’t experience these symptoms. Be sure to talk with your vet about the use of Rimadyl if your dog is already taking other medications, such as steroids, because this often how grave complications can develop. For example, you shouldn’t use a carprofen together with any other NSAIDs such as Aspirin.

Rimadyl is actually found to be pretty well tolerated by dogs and a clinical study did not show a great incidence of bad reactions verses a placebo. Of course, if Pfizer funded or influenced such a study, it may be biased which is why you have to decide for yourself if the benefits outweigh the costs. One thing is for sure though. Your dog can’t be helped and their condition won’t improve if you don’t at least try the most promising treatment options.

Proper Rimadyl Dose and Duration

One of the most important things to know when treating dogs with a carprofen, such as Rimadyl, is that you need to limit their exposure to it. Generally, you can’t administer this drug over long periods. This will increase your dog’s chances of suffering serious effects. Your dog’s weight and age also will play into the equation and need to be discussed with your vet. Be sure to mention if your dog is pregnant or suffers from Von Willebrand disease which is most common in Doberman Pinschers.

Rimadyl is formulated in tablet form and the milligram amounts differ by country. Here in the US, the doses come in 25, 75 or 100mg tablets. You are likely to be providing Rimadyl to your dog daily in the amount of 2mg per pound. There is also an option to have the drug injected.

- Use this great Rimadyl dosage chart for reference

- It is also recommended you review Pfizer’s Rimadyl documentation because it contains great information.

Other Carprofen Brands

As stated above, there are many versions of carprofen. This is because it has been found to work well for dogs. Prior to 1998 it was primarily given to humans so it is well understood. Ask your vet about using Novox, Rovera, Imadyl or Imafen. These options can potentially reduce the cost of treatment because generic brands can be significantly less expensive. If you chose a different carprofen brand, be sure to do the proper research as there may be important differences versus Rimadyl.

Final Thoughts on Treating Dog Arthritis

Many people just don’t believe in using drugs on dogs. Often you’ll hear this viewpoint from people who don’t even own a dog. But even many dog lovers don’t really believe in it. No matter your opinion, the drug industry will continue to expand for dogs. Rather than debate the merits of providing your loved dog with pain medication, we feel a responsibility to offer good information. If you have an experience with Rimadyl please share it below.

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Can I Give My Dog Rolaids? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:56:37 +0000 Can I Give My Dog Rolaids?Treating dogs with Rolaids is something I’ve been getting asked about lately. Gastrointestinal issues are something a dog deals with more often than you might think. Only the stomach problems that show outward… Continue...]]>

Can I Give My Dog Some Rolaids?Treating dogs with Rolaids is something I’ve been getting asked about lately. Gastrointestinal issues are something a dog deals with more often than you might think. Only the stomach problems that show outward symptoms, extreme discomfort, are what you find out about when you interactive with your dog everyday. Likewise, unnoticed negative symptoms from over the counter treatments such as Rolaids, which is developed for humans, are what we would also like to avoid whenever possible.

Previously we covered Pepcid AC and Tums, among others, for treating these types of common K9 problems but let’s specifically address Rolaids as a treatment option for your dog. This product is very well known for suppressing heartburn and acid indigestion in people.

Sanofi’s marketing for Rolaids claims to be superior to Tums by sporting the capability to neutralize 44% more acid when comparing both products. There are so many products but more often than not, dog owners are confused about treating themselves, let alone their 4-legged friends, with over the counter medicines.

Can I Give My Dog Rolaids? Answer: Yes, as Directed by a Vet

Rolaids competes against several other well known brands developed to treat various stomach ailments. Some of these alternative antacid brands may be better suited for your particular dog but often that would be on a dog by dog basis. Since all of them are developed for people, stronger antacids would tend to be ill suited and harmful for dogs in general.

Just as your local pharmacist provides you with a safe dose accompanied with instructions for medication usage, you need to seriously regulate your dog’s intake of human over-the-counter medicine. While Rolaids may not be lethal to dogs in low doses, if they get to your supply and eat too many the result could be fatal. Relative to their body weight and biological system, harm is definitely possible which is why giving your dog Rolaids is a big responsibility as a pet owner.

How does your dog spell relief?

So many antacids, including Rolaids, fill America’s medicine cabinets. If you use Rolaids to treat your dog’s symptoms just remember that it doesn’t cure anything but simply provides relieve for what could be a more serious medical condition. For this reason, giving your dog Rolaids on an ongoing basis is not optimal or recommended. You should visit a vet if you know your dog experiences gastrointestinal issues on a regular basis.

Giving your dog Rolaids too often and in improper doses can cause a long list of adverse health effects including kidney stones, decreased muscle flexibility, constipation, diarrhea and alkalosis among others. The primary active ingredient in Rolaids is calcium. That sounds great but too much calcium intake can be harmful to a dog especially when the dose if formulated for the human body.

Tablet Form vs. Liquid Rolaids

Almost everyone has heard of Rolaids but many people aren’t aware Rolaids also comes in liquid form. In theory, your dog may be better off taking Rolaids in liquid form simply because you can dilute it more effectively. That may be wishful thinking but it does make sense if you think about it.

Since Rolaids is formulated for humans and their body weight range it may be too strong for dogs, especially smaller to medium sizes K9s. It would be great to hear from dog lovers who have had success with administering similar medicines in liquid form.

Other Antacid Brands

In order to weigh all your options for giving your dog either Rolaids or the other over the counter antacid brands I’ve compiled a list which you can explore further:

Equate, Eno, Tums, Mylanta, Pepto Bismol, Milk of Magnesia, Maalox, Alka-Seltzer and Gaviscon

There are many other less popular brands. Before using one for your dog you must ask yourself if you would be better off addressing the underlying problem. In this tough economy I hear from many dog owners who simply can’t afford to properly treat their dogs and instead resort to treating just symptoms. It is unfortunate but understandable.

As long as you are doing your research and not neglecting your dog, your care is commendable. Often you can check with your vet regarding giving your dog a certain over the counter medicine, like an antacid, and that won’t cost you anything. It can’t hurt to inquire about the use of Rolaids or other alternatives for your dog’s sake.

Final Thoughts on Rolaids & Antacids

As with any human drug, there is always delicate balance when providing it to your dog. After you are absolutely sure giving it to your dog is OK you must use a very conservative dose tailored for your particular dog and closely observe them for negative reactions to it. This includes Rolaids and OTC antacids in general. As a reminder, you should never rely on medicating your dog as a long term treatment option because you are very likely to be doing more harm than good.

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