Can I Give My Dog Pepcid AC?

Can I Give My Dog Pepcid AC?If your dog is suffering from an upset stomach, you may be tempted to reach for some Pepcid AC. But is it really safe for dogs? Find out what you need to know here!

Like humans, dogs experience stomach problems like ulcers, gas, and other types of gastrointestinal ailments. These conditions can be painful, and just like people dogs need to be properly diagnosed. If your dog is having long term stomach issues, you should consult a vet rather than experimenting with OTC medicines.

There are, however, lots of over-the-counter medications for occasional stomach problems. You must be 100% certain it is safe for canines before giving any to your dog. This is why a vet visit or thorough research is so important. Self-medicating your canine friend is serious business.

Can I Give My Dog Pepcid AC? Answer: Yes, as directed by a vet

Pepcid AC is a histamine blocker that’s frequently prescribed to treat ulcers, gastritis and other stomach problems for dogs. This is a medication for humans, but it has been found to be effective and safe for dogs too.

Mild cases of vomiting and upset stomach can be treated with Pepcid AC in just a few days (it usually clears up within a 24-hour period) but more serious cases need immediate medical attention.

Some dog owners make use of Pepcid AC without a vet’s prescription. This is understandable as vet bills can be costly nowadays. At the very least, be aware of the right dosage for your dog so as to prevent a possible overdose. Don’t give your dog more than 1 milligram (mg) per pound of their body weight.

Vomiting Due to Upset Stomach

There are many reasons why a dog can get an upset stomach. Overeating is probably the most common occurrence.

If they go through your trash and eat something, a stomach problem is almost inevitable. Be sure your dog can’t get into your garbage can. Also, an abrupt diet change can be the culprit for stomach issues. If you intend to change the brand or type of dog food that you routinely give your pet, ensure the transition is done gradually.

Long term vomiting and stomach trouble can be a signs of something more serious. Your dog can possibly have worms or worse. They can have Parvovirus which is a very deadly disease. This is why a visit to a vet may be in order.

Help Your Dog Recover from Stomach Problems

If your dog is vomiting often, get some Pedialyte or diluted Gatorade so as to replace the lost electrolytes. Offer your canine some ice chips or partially melted ice cubes instead of water as this can provide relief from the nausea feeling.

Assuming the cause of your dog’s upset stomach is the food they’ve recently eaten, allow your dog to fast in order to give the gastrointestinal tract time to recover. Fasting can last up to 24 hours for an adult dog; and if they’re still a puppy, you can allow them to fast for about 12 hours.

Then give your dog a bland diet or a rice and boiled chicken meal during recovery. Remove the skin from the chicken, as an upset stomach is particularly sensitive to oily food. For commercial dog food, purchase a lamb-based meal as these types of dog food are easier on the stomach.

How to Check for Dehydration

Know how to check for severe dehydration in case of an emergency. The method used for checking dehydration is really easy. 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.

However, should the skin take a few seconds to return to its normal position, it means that your dog is very dehydrated. Medical attention in such a case is needed as soon as possible. Your dog will likely need an intravenous procedure of hydration.

Fore-Warned is Fore-Armed

More often than not, stomach upsets in dogs are only a minor issue and a dose of Pepcid AC can provide immediate relief. It’s wise to be prepared for emergency situations as you wouldn’t want to put your dog’s health in danger. Be mindful of your canine’s hydration levels during this difficult time. Always keep your vet’s number ready for emergency situations.

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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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Jeanette January 6, 2015

My dog recently had surgery to have a mast tumor removed in his hind leg. The vet put him on Rimadyl but he got very sick with diarrhea and vomiting. She’s now put him on 12 Benadryl a day, 2 Pepcid AC and also Metronidazole once a day. It this safe?

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Jack January 21, 2015

Sorry about your baby and the recent surgery. My Schnauzer had an allergic reaction to Rimadyl. He has a very sensitive stomach to Benadryl, Pepcid, Metronidazole and Tramadol for pain. Tramadol has proven to help his aches and pains. I always give him half the dose of what the vet suggests because he is so sensitive. Good Luck.

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Anonymous September 28, 2014

Great site, glad I found it.

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