Nexium is used for acid reflux, stomach ulcers, heartburn relief and GERD. Dogs deal with some of these same digestive issues and owners are looking for solutions.
The safety and effectiveness of Nexium for dogs is in question. Unfortunately, there’s little data to support any conclusions. Obviously your goal is to help without causing canine complications.
Let’s take a closer look at this heavily marketed drug, The Purple Pill (Nexium), and compare it similar products. We’ll also cover all-natural alternatives for your pet dog’s sake.
Can I Give My Dog Nexium? Answer: Yes, but consider alternatives
It isn’t known to be toxic, in low doses, but it may not be the best choice.
Nexium is similar to Prilosec. Neither are reported to be harmful for animals when reasonably dosed. The main problem with these over-the-counter drugs, as they apply to dogs, is that of misdiagnosis. If your pet has ongoing gastric problems, Nexium may not be a solution. Pepcid AC has more of a track record for helping dogs.
A better approach is a canine probiotic or some other natural alternative. Keep reading!
Perspective on Nexium Use
This proton pump inhibitor (PPI) is taken orally. It works by reducing acid levels in the stomach. Understand that not all stomach acid is bad. Your dog needs some for proper digestion.
How do you know that your dog has Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, GERD, inflammation of the esophagus or something else treatable with Nexium? If your buddy is coughing, there could be numerous reasons for it.
You cannot conclude that Nexium is appropriate. It’s nearly impossible to assess on your own!
Consider Some Alternatives
Gaviscon and Zantac are similar to Nexium in that they reduce stomach acid. Some people also turn to various OTC antacid brands for help. Read more about those drugs or look into more natural alternatives.
Aloe Vera juice and Slippery Elm are two remedies which may help with your dog’s gastric problems. The latter, in particular, seems to have helped our neighbor’s dog tremendously.
Diet and/or a lifestyle change may ultimately be the solution to what ails Fido.
Accidental Nexium Ingestion
Nexium (Esomeprazole) isn’t one of the more dangerous drugs for dogs. There are, however, cases where it can be harmful. This is particularly true for small pups.
If your dog ate a bunch of these pills watch for diarrhea, vomiting, excessive gas, gum discoloration, lethargy, poor appetite and/or lack of coordination.
Most negative symptoms will likely subside on their own. If you have real concerns, bring your dog to a local veterinarian and take their advice.
Prudent and Practical Advice
All human meds must be viewed with an abundant of caution when given to pets. A vet’s diagnosis is highly recommend. They’ll likely suggest that your dog receive treatment other than Nexium.
Whatever you do, avoid experimental use of human drugs. One day it may cause great harm.
Conclusion on Nexium
While Nexium may help a dog, your vet should pin down reasons for gastric problems. There could be a diet-related issue or even allergies. Much like Prilosec, it’s tough to know if Nexium is okay for your dog’s situation. A safer and more natural alternative should be tried if a vet isn’t affordable. The Purple Pill may not be the solution you are seeking.