Can I Give My Dog Mucinex?

Can I Give My Dog Mucinex?Mucinex is an oral medication used to treat nasal congestion. If a person has a cough or a cold with phlegm in the throat, taking Mucinex can help clear out the problem.

Can Mucinex be used for dogs too? Since dogs are often treated as part of the family, it becomes very convenient to administer people medicines to our canine companions when they get sick.

But before giving any type of medicine, including Mucinex, to your dog it’s important that you consult a vet first. At the very least, you should find out if a certain type of medicine is helpful or harmful to dogs. We’ll do that here!

Can I Give My Dog Mucinex? Answer: Yes

If your dog has nasal congestion or kennel cough, your vet can prescribe this type of drug for them.

Guaifenesin is generally safe for humans as well as for dogs. Regular Mucinex and the DM version both contain Guaifenesin as a main ingredient.

Mucinex can be given to dogs in either liquid (syrup) or tablet form just like Robitussin. Both forms and brands equally effective. Choose the type that’s easier for you to administer to your dog. Most people like to break up the tablets and put them into dog food.

Tips on Administering Mucinex

If you are used to putting pills and tablets down your dog’s throat, then get the tablet type of Mucinex. Some people hate doing this but by using this method you can give the medicine to your dog in just a few seconds.

Alternatively, you can get the syrup type. The liquid form is quite popular. This way you can either use a dropper for administering this medicine or, as mentioned above, mix the medicine in your dog’s food or drinking water.

Just make sure that your dog consumes all the food and water that contains the medicine in order to make sure that the proper dosage entered their system. Otherwise, the medicine might not work effectively. It’s recommended to place the dose in a small amount of food or water so it can be consumed by your dog in one gulp.

Alternative Natural Remedies

In order to speed up your dog’s recovery from upper respiratory problems and sore throat, you can also give them some honey. One teaspoon of honey given three times a day can provide relief for sore throat.

Honey contains natural vitamins and minerals that will strengthen your dog’s immune system. Your canine friend needs to fight off other possible infections while recovering from their present illness.

It’s also important to give vitamin supplements to your dog when they’re sick or under stress. Vitamin C is particularly important if your dog is not properly producing it.

Problems Associated with Coughing

While giving Mucinex to your dog is okay in cases of upper respiratory ailments, it’s still necessary to have a vet perform a series of tests on your dog. This is especially helpful if you observe that your dog is frequently having these respiratory problems.

Recurring problems with cough and phlegm can be a sign that your pet has heart problems. If this is the case, the veterinarian will need to perform some tests on your dog. Do this for peace of mind as Mucinex is surely not a cure all.

If your dog frequently has dry cough, it could also be a sign of worms. Worms can reside in the intestines, lungs and even in the heart. These worms can manifest in your dog through multiple respiratory problems.

On the other hand, coughing which is accompanied by heavy breathing, can be a sign of pneumonia. If you observe this, you should immediately seek the help of a vet. Pneumonia cases in dogs are just as serious as those in people and can lead to death.

Better Safe Than Sorry

You love your dog and you want your canine friend to be with you for a long time. That’s why you keep a close look out for your dog’s health all the time. By knowing which foods and medicines are safe for dogs, the chances of your dog getting sick will be dramatically reduced.

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Angelita March 20, 2015

I have a 60 pound female Boxer. I just heard her coughing last night and again today. After reading this article, I feel confident in giving her Mucinex. I’m just worried about the amount. Can you recommend a dosage until Monday when my vet comes back and can take a look at her. Or what about (Delsym) Dextromethorphan?

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Susan November 17, 2014

After spending thousands of dollars treating my dogs for pneumonia and chronic bronchitis, I bought Mucinex. Within 2 days she was bringing up all the phlegm that had been in her lungs. I give her 1/4 of a Mucinex twice a day for a 40 pound dog.

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Jan November 23, 2014

Is that in liquid or pill form?

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Dolly January 8, 2015

What dose of Mucinex would you recommend that I give my Chihuahua?

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Tanyar February 12, 2015

The vet just told me, for my 5 pound Chihuahua, 100-200mg but with no Ephedrine.

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Don October 27, 2014

Our Border Collie has a respiratory sickness. 2 nights ago she coughed, hacked and sneezed two hours non-stop. She was in obvious pain. It was the weekend so a vet was out of the question. We had tried Robitussin liquid but it was very difficult to administer. She did not respond.

Yesterday I bought Mucinex tablets. It has 2 times the guaifenesin (expectorant) as Robitussin. We put it in a hamburger ball and she gulped it down. Last night she slept like a baby. This morning she is alert without one cough. This may not last but if the past 24 hours are any indication, it is nothing less than a miracle.

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Don November 24, 2014

This is a follow up. I made a mistake on my last post. The pill we gave our Border Collie was not Mucinex. It was a generic version. My pharmacist at Walmart told me to try Mucus Relief Cough which is on the lower shelf and is only $2.48 for a 30 count, tremendously cheaper than Mucinex. The pharmacist said Guaifenesin 400mg is what gets rid of the mucus. That is a tad lower than Mucinex but it worked like a charm. Our little girl is now on the mend after suffering for months. 5 vet visits, hundreds of dollars out the window when $2.48 did the trick.

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DeNene March 3, 2015

How much does your Border Collie weigh and how often did you dose her? I have a 13 year old, 65 pound rough Collie with a productive cough from his throat with a lot of thick phlegm. Even though he’s not running a fever and his appetite is fine, I’ve started him on antibiotics empirically due to his age. It’s helping a lot, but I’d like to be able to thin the phlegm up so he could cough it up easier. I have the generic Mucus Relief 400mg. Thanks!

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Crystal December 5, 2014

Do you have to give a lot of water with Mucinex?

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Barbara July 27, 2013

Thanks for letting me know Mucinex is okay for dogs and for informing people that Advil is not good for dogs. As a former vet tech, I am asked that question all the time.

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James July 27, 2013

Hi Barbara. Thanks for kind words. If you would like to become a regular contributor to this site please let me know. We could use your expertise.

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Jack Reeves May 25, 2013

Thanks for the info, but could you add a general recommended dose per pound of the dog?

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James June 19, 2013

I would hesitate to offer dosage recommendations. Please consult with your vet on that!

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