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Because this is a very serious topic let’s get straight to the point…
Sudafed may cause your dog to experience:
- Increased heart rate
- Change in blood pressure
There are several other known complications linked to misuse of this nasal decongestant. Your dog could even die.
Providing your animal with any amount of Sudafed is a bad idea.
Do not experiment when it comes to your pet’s well-being.
Never Give Your Dog Sudafed
In fact, any medication that contains Pseudoephedrine should be avoided due to a potential for toxicity.
How times have changed!
OTC Sudafed was once routinely prescribed by vets, primarily for canine cases of urinary incontinence. Not so today despite the drug’s efficacy for improving urethral sphincter tone.
Benadryl is generally a much safer antihistamine/decongestant for dogs.
What a Key Study Shows
Sudafed toxicity can occur at doses of as little as 2mg per pound of your dog’s body weight.
And it gets worse!
Death has been documented at dosing just under 5mg (again based on the same lbs. formula).
Note: The data was taken from Veterinary Toxicology (Means, 1999; Ooms and Khan, 2001; Means, 2005) and converted from amounts based on kilograms.
Symptoms to Watch For
Has your dog ingested pseudoephedrine hydrochloride?
Be on the lookout for a number of side effects:
- Excessive salivation
- Skin rashes
- Decreased appetite
Make no mistake about it:
Sudafed is not safe and this is especially true in higher doses.
Dogs with cardiovascular problems as well as diabetes are at especially high risk.
It Is Not Only Sudafed
Phenylephrine is the active ingredient in many decongestants. So, this health hazard is not unique to Sudafed.
Reading of labels is a must!
And play it safe by going to a vet whenever your dog may have been given a risky drug.
Is your dog already exhibiting any of the above symptoms?
If so, it’s even more urgent to head to a clinic!
Monitor Your Buddy
With close observation, you will hopefully notice adverse Sudafed signs and act appropriately.
Because dogs have small bodies, things take less time to be digested and go through the blood stream.
You may notice changes within a couple of minutes of an ill-advised dose of Sudafed.
It should be noted that any dog with an uncontrolled bladder does not necessarily have incontinence.
It could actually be an infection! Specialized antibiotics may be needed (certainly not Sudafed)!
Pet Poisoning Assistance
You will need a vet’s guidance but…
Hydrogen peroxide or activated charcoal may come in handy to prevent further Sudafed absorption.
Vomiting helps to purge toxins.
But please get your dog the proper help for a potentially fatal dose of any human medication.
The Bottom Line
Sudafed, due to the active ingredient, is too dangerous for your dog.
Thankfully there are much safer decongestants as well as incontinence medications.
Many symptoms common to Sudafed require urgent medical assistance. Get your dog treatment ASAP if, for whatever reason, this drug is in their system.