Can I Give My Dog Mucinex?

Can I Give My Dog Mucinex?Mucinex is a popular oral medication for humans but this is less so for dogs. It’s basically used to reduce congestion. Persons with cold symptoms often take this product to eliminate excessive phlegm in the throat and/or suppress a cough.

So can Mucinex be safely used for treating a dog as well? Yes, this over-the-counter medication has been successfully given to canines to treat the same issues. There are, however, a few important things you should know before you administer it.

First off, and for your dog’s sake, do not experiment with potentially harmful human-formulated medications. Before using Mucinex, you really should consult with a vet because they can provide a proper diagnosis.

Can I Give My Dog Mucinex? Answer: Yes, but it’s not a cure

It can clear up your dog’s occasional congestion or throat phlegm but it won’t help with a chronic respiratory illness.

Mucinex, drug name Guaifenesin, generally works well for dogs but not for undiagnosed conditions requiring professional treatment. Something like Kennel Cough may appear to respond well to the use of this well-known expectorant but better treatment options exist. In any case, many Guaifenesin products are generally safe for humans as well as for dogs when used appropriately.

Regular Mucinex Expectorant and the DM version both contain a lower dose of Guaifenesin which is desirable for safely reasons. The other products aren’t recommended.

Options for Administering

Mucinex can be given to dogs orally in either liquid (syrup) or tablet form just like Robitussin. Both forms and brands are effective. Choose one that’s easier to administer to your dog. Liquid forms are popular and you can either use a dropper directly, or mix the medicine into their food or drinking water.

Alternatively, you can break up the tablets and put them into dog food. Other owners are good at placing tablets down the throat. With this method you can give Mucinex to your dog in just a few seconds.

Proper Mucinex Dosing

We are hesitant to provide a recommended dose because there are many factors and each dog has their own situation. However, the general rule of thumb is 20mg to 40mg per pound of body weight taken every 12 hours or so. Careful with Mucinex products as several kinds contain 1,200mg per regular dose!

On the flip side, be sure that your dog consumes all the food or water containing the Mucinex so the proper dosage enters their system. Otherwise, the medicine may not work as effectively. So it may be best to place the full dose in a small amount of food or water so it can be consumed in one gulp.

A Great Natural Remedy

One teaspoon of pure honey, given three times daily, may provide relief just as effectively as Mucinex. It can loosen up congestion and speed up a recovery. It’s safer and honey contains natural vitamins and minerals that may also strengthen your dog’s immune system.

Sometimes certain supplements are beneficial when a dog is sick or under stress. Vitamin C is crucial if they aren’t naturally producing enough of it. Speak with your vet about it!

Problems Linked to Coughing

Sure, Mucinex can ease certain chest and lung symptoms but it may be necessary to have a vet look at your dog. This is especially true if they’re frequently experiencing such symptoms. Such recurring issues, including a bad cough and excess phlegm, can be a sign that your pet has other pulmonary problems or even a heart condition. If this is a real concern, the veterinarian will perform some tests. Consider it peace of mind. Besides, Mucinex isn’t a cure-all by any means.

Coughing accompanied by heavy breathing can be a sign of pneumonia. In such case, immediately seek veterinary assistance. Pneumonia is serious and can lead to death.

Conclusion on Mucinex

You can provide a proper dose of Mucinex to your dog if they’re dealing with a bout of excessive mucus-like Phlegm. On the other hand, get your canine to a vet if the problem persists since they could be dealing with a chronic respiratory issue which may require prescription antibiotics and closer medical attention. If you do use Mucinex, go with the lower dose product lines.

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Angelita March, 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, 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, 2014

Is that in liquid or pill form?

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Dolly January, 2015

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

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Tanyar February, 2015

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

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Susan November, 2015

I read your comment about your dog and use of Mucinex. How is she doing? I have a dog with the same thing. I’ve spent so much money without good results. Thank you.

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Don October, 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, 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, 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, 2014

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

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Barbara July, 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, 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, 2013

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

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James June, 2013

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

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