Can I Give My Dog Pepcid AC?

Can I Give My Dog Pepcid AC?Pepcid AC or Famotidine is a commonly used over-the-counter medication for treating dogs with upset stomach, gastric reflux and associated symptoms. If you’ve never provided it to your best buddy, learn as much as possible for safest results.

Many dogs experience symptomatic gastrointestinal issues just like people do. Pepcid can help but long term stomach problems should really be addressed by a vet.

In other words, for the sake of your dog, don’t just start experimenting with Pepcid. Self-medicating your canine friend is serious business. Here we’ll talk about usage, proper dosage, important considerations as well as some other suggestions.

Can I Give My Dog Pepcid AC? Answer: Yes, but not for the long term

Pepcid AC is a histamine blocker that’s often prescribed to dogs for treating ulcers, gastritis and other stomach problems.

Obviously this is a medication that was developed for humans. However, it’s been found effective and generally safe for dogs. It also reduces their stomach acid levels so mild gastrointestinal episodes can be treated with Pepcid AC. One of the biggest benefits may be it’s ability to allow stomach ulcers to heal. Symptoms typically clear up within 24-hours but more serious situations should be addressed with the guidance of a veterinary professional.

A probiotic designed for dogs may be a much more desirable fix than Pepcid.

Dosing Without a Vet

Lots of dog owners use Pepcid AC without a prescription. If you are planning to do so, know the correct dosage to prevent possible complications. It should be given on an empty stomach but never administer more than half of a milligram (0.5mg) per pound of their body weight. The consensus is a dose between 0.25mg to half of 1mg for each pound, either once to twice daily.

Before providing Pepcid you really should speak with a vet. Actually, a diagnosis should be carried out if your dog has recurring stomach issues. Never combine medications and Pepcid isn’t for pregnant or nursing dogs or those with liver, kidney or heart disease.

Diagnosis Difficulties

There are many reasons why dogs get upset stomach or GERD. Overeating is probably the most common culprit. Also, if they go through trash then a stomach problem is inevitable. Another reason could be an abrupt change in diet which could upset a delicate gastrointestinal balance.

Long term vomiting and stomach trouble can be signs of something more serious. Your dog could possibly have worms or worse. Parvovirus is a deadly disease which is why a vet visit may be prudent.

A hit or miss approach with Pepcid isn’t the way to go!

Things You Can Do

If your dog is vomiting, try Pedialyte or even Gatorade to hydrate them. Offer some ice chips or partially melted ice cubes as this can provide nausea relief.

Assuming the cause of your dog’s upset stomach is the food they’ve eaten, allow them to fast in order to give the digestive tract time to recover. Fasting can last up to 24 hours for an adult dog. Puppies should be limited to approximately 12 hours.

A bland diet such as rice and boiled chicken given during recovery can be effective. Remove the skin because an upset stomach is sensitive to oily foods. Also, get some canine-formulated grain-free lamb meat meals since they’re easier on the stomach.

Checking for Dehydration

Severe dehydration is a serious problem so know how to check for it. Simply lift up your dog’s skin on the shoulder blade area. If the skin immediately returns to it’s place, then you have nothing to worry about. Should it take a few seconds to return to a normal position, your dog may be severely dehydrated. Such a scenario shouldn’t be taken lightly and an intravenous hydration procedure may be needed. Pepcid doesn’t hydrate!

Conclusion on Pepcid-AC

You can treat your dog’s upset stomach with a proper dose of Pepcid AC. However, recurring gastrointestinal problems should be diagnosed and treated by a vet. In truth, all human OTC meds are a potential danger to dogs to some degree. In any case, your canine’s hydration should be closely monitored during times of sickness and especially if they’ve been vomiting.

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Dawne July 20, 2015

Since giving our dog Pepcid, as per the vet because suddenly he can’t digest his dry dog food, he’s been unable to hold his urine. He’s peeing all over the place. He lets us know he has to go out but, before we can get him out the door, he loses his urine. Could this be related to the Pepcid? It’s the only thing that’s different since this problem surfaced. He was drinking a lot more than usual, when on a thyroid medication, but that was months ago.

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Nakia July 24, 2015

Not to diagnose, but your dog may have a UTI or diabetes. Follow up with your vet.

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Dawne July 25, 2015

Thanks. Since I posted this, the dog has had multiple trips to the vet. They’re ruling things out and it’s down to either Cushing’s syndrome or diabetes, the non-insulin kind. He had an ultrasound yesterday and we’re waiting on those results before proceeding to the next step.

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Nakia August 2, 2015

How is the diagnoses process going? My Wonton had diabetes with the same symptoms. I have to give him insulin 2 times daily. It’s easy though. How is your dog?

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Ron July 12, 2015

I was giving my 3 year old Lab 2 fish oil capsules daily, some fried chicken and baked salmon as a treat. After ten days, she got severe diarrhea with blood. Off to the nearby vet who said, “too much fat”. Now, small amounts of boiled chicken and rice water. After 2 days, fasting and Pepcid. Stay away from fat and oily foods!

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DorrieL April 3, 2015

1 mil per pound of body weight how frequently? Per day? The article left out this important information.

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Bob May 24, 2015

My little Yorkie just came back from Pancreatitis and severe dehydration. He experienced vomiting and bloody discharge and is now on Pepcid. He suffered a lot, not eating for 5 days. It’s a good thing he was in solid health for a 10 year old prior to this episode. Anyhow, he’s been on Pepcid for 5 days since this was a severe case. I would say 3 days maximum unless told otherwise by a vet. I asked about possible ulcers, perhaps that’s why they prescribed it for 5 days. Otherwise, for just upset stomach, I’d say 1 to 2 days or maybe 3 at the most.

I noticed a possible allergy as his skin gets red and he seems like he might be hyperventilating because of it. So definitely don’t over do it. Just consider, as humans, we don’t normally take anymore than maybe 1 to 3 doses. So smaller dogs shouldn’t need much unless, as mentioned, it’s treatment for possible ulcers.

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Juan February 11, 2015

My dog has inoperable cancer and his cancer medicine started causing a lot of stomach problems after around 40 days. My vet prescribed Famotidine. It’s like Pepcid, may even be the same. If my dog’s upset tummy doesn’t get better, the vet can adjust his meds. I would always ask for a veterinarian’s opinion before giving any OTC medicine to my dog. He’s like one of the family.

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Bruce February 7, 2015

We believe our 2 year old 80 pound Labradoodle has bilious. We already feed him three times a day with Costco Grain-free Turkey Diamond Dry dog food and Costco canned turkey and vegetable wet dog food. We also give him one capsule of fish oil in the morning. We feed him at when I get up, about 6-8am, again at 6:00pm and when Donna retires around 11:00pm. He has been getting up between the last night and morning feeding.

Should we try Pepcid AC? Does one milligram per pound of his weight makes sense? Should we administer it at night? Is there anything else we could do? Do H2 blockers or antiemetics make sense? What dosage? Do we need prescriptions or should we get them over the web?

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Sue March 15, 2015

We began feeding our dogs the same brand you do. It sounded like a good food until recently I discovered many people were having all kinds of issues with their dogs on that food. Mine did also. I got them off of it immediately and they are fine now. I love Costco but not their pet food which is all made by Diamond. In fact, a couple pet stores in my area won’t even sell any pet foods made by Diamond.

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Jennifer March 15, 2015

Bruce, I’m not sure why you are feeding at 6pm and then again at 11pm when he has gone 10 – 12 hours between first 2 feeds? He is probably too full. Do you make sure he has a bowel movement after the 11pm feed? Adult dogs only need to eat twice a day. I would eliminate that 11pm feed and see if his behavior improves.

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Pamela April 9, 2015

I was reading a while back that a man had the same problem with his furbaby and found out fish oil tablets cause all kinds of trouble. When he stopped the fish oil pill, no more problems. I hope this helps. I really just read it, I don’t know.

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