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Mylanta works well to relieve heartburn, upset stomach, acid indigestion, gas and even bloating.
Is your dog experiencing some of these same symptoms? Are you wondering if it’s safe to give this antacid?
Mylanta Can Be Used On Dogs
This medicine, which is very similar Maalox, can generally be administered to canines.
United States versions of Mylanta are fairly safe for dogs. The active ingredients (listed below) rarely cause side effects.
- Aluminum hydroxide
- Magnesium hydroxide
- Calcium carbonate
- Simethicone (anti-gas)
However, the product varies by country. For example, Mylanta sold in Australia contains xylitol which is easily harmful to dogs.
The manufacturer’s Australian FAQ section confirms the presence of xylitol.
Play it safe. Consult with your vet before use.
They can best advise you on dosage by taking into account your dog’s breed, age, weight and overall health. Do this regardless of the type of Mylanta you have on-hand.
Causes of Stomach Upset
There are a lot of reasons why dogs experience upset stomach.
A sudden diet change can disturb the natural rhythm of the intestines. When changing your dog’s diet, it is recommended that you do so gradually.
You can mix the new diet with his usual diet in small portions first, and then gradually increase the portion over time until your pet’s stomach becomes adjusted to the new ingredients.
Do that and your dog will not have stomach upset due to the sudden introduction of a new type of meal.
Obviously gas is very uncomfortable and irritating. Luckily you can give your dog Mylanta to provide relief for his or her gas pain.
Dog With Upset Stomach
If you have a garden that has some grass, allow your dog to go outside for a while. You might observe that your dog will try to eat some grass and then throw up afterwards.
This is perfectly normal and it can be helpful to your dog too. You see, eating grass provides relief for dogs with upset tummies.
And when they throw up, they also release some saliva and gas to clear their stomachs.
This is actually one of their instincts in curing themselves from a bad tummy ache. And if you notice that your dog’s stomach problems subside after eating grass, then there is no need to give any further medication.
If your dog’s problem doesn’t clear up soon enough, you can also try changing your pet’s diet for a while.
Boiled chicken and rice, the bland diet, works well for dogs with tummy problems just as it would work for people too. So keep them on this diet for a while until everything goes back to normal again.
Some vets even advise fasting your dog for 24 hours in order to clear a stomach problem. But this method is not recommended if your particular pet is suffering from gas pain. The stomach tends to produce more gas and acid when empty, so be wary of fasting your dog unnecessarily.
The Bottom Line
Mylanta is typically not dangerous for dogs.
While most human meds are risky for animals, it is generally OK to give conservatively dosed Mylanta.
Of course, you should still seek out your vet’s advice regarding the most suitable medicine. This way you’ll also get the right dosage for your dog.