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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Jill December, 2013

My 30 pound mini bull terrier has acid reflux and takes Omeprazole 10mg twice daily, a 1/2 hour before meals. I have since switched to 10mg of Pepcid twice daily, a 1/2 hour before meals. Now there is no more throwing up undigested food 12 hours later.

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Mattie May, 2015

My 15 year old 26 pound female Herding-mix has gallbladder disease and 2 nodules in her liver which may or may not be cancerous. So far she is quite well for the most part on Ursodiol, a gallbladder med, taken 2 times daily. She also takes Denamarin, a liver med, 1 hour before dinner and Pepcid 10mg twice daily to help prevent nausea. She’s had a couple of bad bouts since diagnosed and the second time she was given Cerenia for a few days. Now she’s back to chasing me, playfully mouthing on my hands and she loves her walks.

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Kat October, 2013

I have an 11 week old puppy (for 2 weeks now), that vomits after drinking any amount of water. He weighs 13 pounds. I’ve tried Ranitidine (Zantac) for the past 3 days, twice a day. He hasn’t vomited during the night on it, but is still vomiting throughout the day. I would like to try Pepcid AC to see if it might stop the vomiting altogether. Does this sound like a good idea? And how much shall I give the little guy?

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Rachel November, 2015

Take him to the vet! That is not normal!

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Gina January, 2016

I would also take him to the vet ASAP.

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Christa April, 2013

I have a 12 pound Terrier/Poodle mix. How much Pepcid could I give him, being how small he is?

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Lisa February, 2013

I have a 13 pound Bichon in acute renal failure. I feed him 4 times a day and was also using Tagamet divided in the meals. It did not help. I switched to Pepcid AC, 1/2 of a 10mg tablet in his last meal at night. I was trying to find out online if I could give him 1/2 in the morning. Pepcid works a lot better for my dog than Tagamet.

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Sandie October, 2012

My nearly 12-year-old yellow Lab, named Andy, has a malignant tumor on his side that we have decided to not surgically remove, partly because of his age among other reasons. He is probably in his last days, however, we have been saying that for more than six months.

He feels poorly in the mornings in particular and if he does eat his breakfast (Iams lamb, chicken and rice) he usually throws it up. His stomach seems to feel better in the evening. We are no longer going to the vet because of the trauma it causes.

So we would like to make him as comfortable as we can and it seems like Pepcid or Pepcid AC might give him some stomach relief. Andy weighs 105 pounds (last time at the vet) and we would appreciate your advice for dosage.

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Sandra November, 2012

My wiener dog was getting 10mg per day and he was 20 pounds. However, our vet gave us a prescription that we got filled by a lab where they compound the medicine into a liquid.

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Sandra Reich January, 2013

I have a 11 year old Lab who just had 4 mass cell tumors removed. Along with discharge medications, they recommended I give her Pepcid AC 10mg twice daily. They said this could help with inflammation and help prevent tumors from returning. She weighs 68 pounds so I’ll give her one 10mg tablet twice a day for life. I hope this helps you. Twice a day meaning every 12 hours. I stick it in her food and she eats it right up. Good Luck with Andy.

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