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Are you wondering if Robitussin can be given to your dog for a cough, mucus, sinus problems or other flu-like symptoms?
You aren’t alone!
Guaifenesin is a super popular medicine. Robitussin in particular has at least 15 different variations including some formulated for children.
It can be very confusing and even more so when it comes to your precious pet dog.
Here is what’s certain:
Robitussin AC contains codeine which makes it off limits.
Keep reading to learn which versions are safest. We’ll also talk about dosing.
With Vet Approval, Your Dog Can Take Robitussin
This cough and congestion combo drug works for canines too. In fact, veterinarians sometimes prescribe it.
We asked Dr. Sara Redding Ochoa of Whitehouse Veterinary Hospital for her view. Here is what she said…
Robitussin is useful for a mild cough. Often times it will help a dog to stop coughing and also sleep better at night. I occasionally prescribe it for those intended purposes.
Dogs And Dextromethorphan
Remember that Robitussin is a cough suppressant.
While it won’t cure a cold, Dextromethorphan does suppress cough reflex signals.
Speaking of Dextromethorphan, it is the active ingredient in Robitussin that’s safest for dogs.
But even then, Robitussin is for short-term use only. Any dog with lingering symptoms should be properly checked out.
Robitussin Can Have Side Effects
Robitussin, like all drugs, has potential to cause complications.
Your dog may experience hallucinogenic effects from too high a dose.
Other signs include:
- Shallow breathing
Some dogs suffer withdrawals or other nasty symptoms due to Robitussin, especially when taken for an extended period.
Careful of Codeine For Canines
It cannot be stressed enough:
For your dog’s sake, be sure to stick with a version that contains Dextromethorphan — look for DM on the label.
Robitussin AC contains a narcotic opiate called codeine, a naturally occurring morphine and a Schedule V Controlled Substance.
Warning: Despite being an ingredient in certain OTC drugs, codeine can absolutely cause a tragic situation.
Dosing Information For Dogs
Robitussin comes in liquid and tablet form.
It is easy to administer tablets by simply crushing and concealing the contents in with dog food.
As with all antitussives, have your veterinarian determine a proper dose. They’ll take into account several factors including weight, size, age, breed as well as any known allergies.
Every case is different, but generally every 10 hours up to half a milligram (0.5mg) per pound is OK for adult dogs. Never exceed this amount!
The same formula applies to liquid Robitussin. Check the label’s concentration.
Two Robitussin Alternatives
Mucinex is a very similar pharmaceutical. They both contain an expectorant called Guaifenesin that will help to clear mucus in the lungs.
But if you’re looking for something natural we recommend honey. It is a great remedy although not for puppies.
The Bottom Line
Robitussin AC is far too dangerous for a pet.
In general, only the DM version is acceptable for dog use.
As for Robitussin dosing, a professional really should determine the amount.
Be sure to watch for bad reactions. And, if your dog is not improving, head to your vet as soon as possible.