Giving your dog Sudafed is a very controversial topic. Many vets say no because it causes an increased heart rate and it increases blood pressure. Other vets use this medication as a remedy for dogs suffering from incontinence.
As with any human medication it’s advisable to confirm with your vet before administering it to your pet. Your veterinarian will know your dog’s medical history and will be able to make a well informed decision.
Don’t just go out and buy Sudafed if you have a dog that cannot control his or her bladder, this may not be incontinence but may instead be a bladder infection, which needs to be properly treated with certain types of antibiotics.
By taking care in what you give your pet and keeping human medications out of reach, you could avoid being faced with more severe symptoms which would require immediate veterinary assistance costing you a small fortune in the long run.
Can I Give My Dog Sudafed? Answer: In Some Cases
While this may be a vague answer, as previously mentioned some vets disagree with this medication being used on dogs. If the vet has agreed and you are administering Sudafed to your dog, stick to the dosages your vet has suggested.
In smaller dogs a 30mg dose is more than ample and 60mg is enough for larger dogs. Dogs suffering with cardiovascular problems or diabetes cannot take this medication under any circumstances.
When giving Sudafed to dogs you need to watch for decreased appetite, fever, itching, restlessness and skin rashes and advise your vet immediately. The dose may be too high and needs adjusting. Your vet may also check your pet for uneven heartbeat which is another side effect.
Symptoms to Watch For
If you think your dog got into your medicine cabinet and started eating your Sudafed, you need to keep a close eye on them. Sudafed increases their heartbeat and it raises their blood pressure, making it dangerous if taken in large amounts.
Monitor your dog closely for excessive salivation, staggering, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. Be careful during this time to not give your dog a fright, this can bring on a seizure.
Once your dog starts showing any of these symptoms call your vet immediately and get them there as soon as possible. The only way to relieve this problem is with veterinary assistance.
What Will The Vet Do?
As soon as you get to the vet, they will examine the dog closely and will probably give the dog some activated charcoal to prevent absorption.
Activated charcoal prevents the dogs body from absorbing too much of the poison, though it doesn’t stop all of it getting into their system. The vet will then either induce vomiting if it’s serious, helping the dog get rid of any toxins or he will give the dog a laxative.
While taking a dog home filled with laxatives isn’t a pleasant experience, it’s much better than having your dog die because it ate what it shouldn’t.
Monitor Your Dog Closely
Whether you think your dog has eaten Sudafed or another over the counter human medication, close monitoring is necessary.
You know your dog’s behavior better than anyone and you will immediately notice any changes. Your dog may become lethargic or weak, he may start vomiting or have severe diarrhea or he may start drooling excessively.
With close monitoring you will be able to notice these changes right away and call the vet. Keep the pill bottle or box on hand to answer any questions the vet asks.
Remember, a dog has a much smaller body than us so things take less time to be digested and go through their blood stream. You can expect to start noticing changes within a couple of minutes.
Take the Container with You
If your dog collapses or starts to have seizures, you will probably want to get to the vet as soon as possible and not wait to make a call. If you decide on this option, be sure to take the pill bottle or box with you.
If you’re not sure which pills your dog ate because there were a few bottles lying around once he’d finished in the cabinet, take all the possible medications with you. While your vet may not be able to determine the exact cause, it will give them a good idea of what they are dealing with and they will be able to help your dog quickly and effectively.