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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Susan October, 2015

Just got home from the vet who said we could give our dog Pepcid if the upset stomach continued. However, I forgot how to give it to her. Do you dissolve the tablet in water or give it to them as a tablet/part of a tablet?

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Beverley August, 2015

My 2 year old dog goes through periods of eating grass like crazy. Sometimes she vomits it up and other times not. Just out of the blue, she’ll act like she doesn’t feel well and won’t eat at all. Then she’ll want to eat everything in sight. I have caught her with plastic spoons, she’s eaten the stuffing out of her bed, you name it.

She went through a period of mucous covered stools and I took her to the vet for a checkup. They said she was fine. She’s been on Hill’s Ideal Balance Chicken and Rice dog food for a long time. I sometimes put a little plain yogurt on her dry food or gravy from the canned food I give my Chihuahuas which is IAM’s Beef Stew. Last night she had a ton of energy and ran for a straight 30 minutes at the dog park. This morning, not so much. She didn’t even bark when I came back from the doctor’s office which isn’t normal. Then she threw up her dinner from last night.

I had a Doberman that had issues like this and he was on Pepcid twice a month. So I just gave her 10mg of Pepcid since she’s 39 pounds. If this continues I’m going to insist on an ultrasound. Her stool looks fine. She does have loose stools occasionally. This dog is literally my best friend. I’m a single senior that travels full time and I’m so careful with her, I even give her bottled water because the water quality changes as I move from place to place. It’s driving me crazy worrying about her so much.

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Rachel November, 2015

You might want to check her sugar levels. It sounds like it could be diabetes. I would do blood work and get an ultrasound but also have them checked for diabetes. That tends to make them really hungry and not feel well. Try to give her bland diet of chicken and rice.

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Dawne July, 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, 2015

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

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Dawne July, 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, 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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Dawne August, 2015

We’re waiting for the next round of tests, but the symptoms have all but resolved themselves. With the Pepcid, he’s able to eat his dry food again. With our limiting his water, he hasn’t peed in the house again. He actually seems pretty normal. We did one more urine test recently, and then the vet said they may have him come in to do some tests with and without food.

Ron July, 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, 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, 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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