Everyone has heard of Robitussin. People don’t think twice before taking this popular cold medicine. However, if your dog is sick you may have some doubts about giving it. You’d be right to be concerned because Robitussin is quite strong. You must know more about it before you can safely give it to your dog.
Robitussin has over 15 different product variations including some formulated for children. With all those choices there’s still nothing geared towards helping dogs. Canines are worse off in regards to the Robitussin expansion because often their owners are confused as to which type to provide.
Robitussin is a Schedule V Controlled Substance. This cough syrup is a controlled product for humans. It should be highly controlled for a dog since the medicine not formulated for them. Proper dosage, possible allergic reactions and other factors are based on testing done on people and not dogs. So is Robitussin safe for dogs? Let’s find out.
Can I Give My Dog Robitussin? Answer: Yes, with vet approval
Medicines like Robitussin are a popular solution for many households, that includes the family dog.
It can treat many respiratory symptoms associated with the common cold. Has your dog been coughing a lot or are they struggling with lingering mucus, sinus problems or a combination of various cold or flu symptoms? Vets do prescribe Robitussin to treat these nagging problems for canines. They particularly use it to treat dogs for kennel cough.
Robitussin is a cough suppressant only. It won’t cure your dog’s cold at all. Check the label for Dextromethorphan. That’s the active ingredient in Robitussin which suppresses the cough reflex signals in your dog’s brain.
Bad Side Effects
Robitussin can cause side effects. Your dog may experience hallucinogenic effects from too high a dose. Other symptoms, usually from heavy use, can include shallow breathing, anxiety, dizziness, nervousness, restlessness and confusion. People sometimes abuse it because it’s a cheap alternative to marijuana which your dog should obviously not experience.
You don’t want your dog suffering from withdrawals or experiencing any of the nasty symptoms. They can occur if taken for an extended period. Robitussin should be used as only temporary relief for your dog.
Be sure to properly monitor them after they consume any type of antitussive such as this.
Robitussin Dosage for Dogs
How much Robitussin to give a dog is the question lots of K9 owners ask. First off, you’ll want to stick with Robitussin that contains Dextromethorphan which is the most commercially available. Be warned that Robitussin AC contains opiates such as codeine which is a naturally occurring morphine! This can be habit forming, bad!
Second, Robitussin comes in liquid and tablet form. Most people find it easier to administer in tablet form, mixing it with dog food.
Finally, you need to know the key factors for a proper dosage. Ideally, you want a veterinarian to determine the dose for your dog. Their weight, size, age, breed and known allergies will all play a factor.
It’s really difficult to give you an exact dosage. Every 10 hours or so you can use up to half a milligram per pound but don’t exceed this amount. The same formula applies to the liquid form but check the label’s concentration.
Alternatives to Robitussin
Mucinex is similar to Robitussin because they both contain Guaifenesin which is an expectorant. If your dog has mucus in their lungs, guaifenesin will loosen it which helps to clear it. To go the natural route, honey is suggested for treating many of the same symptoms your dog may be experiencing.
Certain types of teas are known for relieving flu symptoms and the common cold.
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Dogs & Robitussin Summary
Robitussin is a powerful drug and not intended for dogs. It’s one of the cough preparations which can contain an opiate. That’s serious business.
It is, however, considered acceptable for use according to most vets. I can’t stress enough that if you do give your dog Robitussin, it should only be for a short time. They also need to be closely watched for bad reactions. If your K9 isn’t getting better you really need to take them to the vet.