Over-the-counter MEDICATIONS

Over the counter meds for your pets………

NOTE: these are not FidoSit recommendations, although I have tried some of these meds successfully.

Dog Diarrhea

Treatments such as dog diarrhea pepto bismol and others should only be used under the advice of your Veterinarian. Diarrhea can be extremely dangerous is your dog begins to suffer dehydration. We strongly recommend a call to your Veterinarian to discuss these non-prescription approaches to treating this disease.

If you see the following symptoms, act immediately including vomiting (2+ times in a day), lethargy/loss of energy, changes in behavior or acting sick, bowel movements every hour or 2, worms in diarrhea, bloody.

When treating diarrhea at first focus on providing a bland diet first. At the same time avoid dehydration by providing plenty of water. Alternatives to water that could help include diluted Gatorade and Pedialyte (dilute with water unless Veterinarian suggests full strength).

Over The Counter Medicine for Dog Diarrhea

Ask your Veterinarian about the following dosages (only try one of the following):

Give dog 0.5-1.0 ml/pound every 4 hours or loperamide (0.2mg/ml Imodium, Equate WalMart) at 1ml per 4 pounds two or three times a day.

For a dog up to 30 pounds, one regular strength Immodium every 12 hours. For over 30 pounds, a full tablet regular strength.

Pepto Bismol
Try no more than 1 tablespoon of Pepto Bismol for dog diarrhea. Specifically .5 to 1.5 ml per pound orally every 12 hours

You can give either Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate to your dog.The Pepto Bismol dose for dogs is 1 tsp. per 5 pounds every 6 hours for relief diarrhea.
The recommended dosage for Kaopectate is 1 to 2 ml/kg of body weight, every 2 to 6 hours (recommendations vary a lot on this product).  This works out to about about a teaspoonful per 10 lbs of body weight for the low end of
the dosage and about a teaspoonful per 5 lbs of body weight for the high end of the dosage.Kaopectate (and Pepto-Bismol) are best given in the liquid form, since a dog has a shorter digestive tract than a person. If you opt for the chewable form, crush it, and mix it into your dog’s food.

You should be aware that Kaopectate and Pepto-Bismol may cause a discoloration, usually a darkening, of your dog’s bowel movements.

Any  diarrhea that persists for more than 24 hours needs your veterinarian’s attention. It may not be “simple diarrhea” that you’re dealing with. Be sure to mention if you have given any Kaopectate to your dog.

You can treat most diarrhea with the following a bland diet:
First, withhold solid food for 24 hours after the diarrhea starts in order to give their digestive system a rest. (What goes in must come out.)
Don’t withhold water. Chronic diarrhea can quickly cause a pet to become dehydrated. Make sure that she has fresh clean water at all times.

Some vets suggest a re-hydration fluid like Gatorade or Pedialyte to replenish minerals such as sodium and potassium.

After the short fast, start the solid food bland diet: mix two parts cooked white rice and one part boiled hamburger or chicken (skinless white meat) for a couple days before gradually introducing the regular dog food to the bland diet.
Some dogs prefer mashed potatoes or pasta to rice.


Human Drugs that are safe for Dogs & Cats

Please note: We are not veterinarians nor do we claim to be. Nothing here is meant to replace what your veterinarian says. Always consult with your veterinarian first. This list is provided as a guide only!

(If a drug is NOT listed here, please do not assume it is safe to give to your dog, always consult your veterinarian first)

Other common medicines and so called social “drugs” which definitely should not be given by owners to their pets are :

* Paracetamol
* Ibuprofen
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
* Alcohol of any kind
* Benzocaine
* The laxative phenolphthalein
* Iron supplements
* Vitamin D supplements
* Nebuliser medications prescribed for asthma
* Drugs used to control “fits” e.g. phenytoin (toxic in cats)
* Coffee and tea (due to the caffeine content)
* Cannabis or any other illegal drug.

All of the above have been documented to cause serious illness – and are potentially fatal . The message is – NEVER assume what is safe for you and your children is safe for your pet – the chances are it isn’t.


Household Medications for pets

The following is a list of common household human medications that can be used on pets. These Medications can be especially useful if you can’t reach a veterinarian.


Common Usage

Canine (dog) Dosage

Feline (cat) Dosage

Buffered Aspirin pain relife, anti-inflammatory 5 mg per lg. every 12 hours not recommended
Vitamin B used as an appetite stimulant 1/2 to 2ml subcutaneously every 24 hours 1/2 to 1ml subcutaneously every 24 hours
Benadryl treats allergies, itching etc. 1/2mg per lb. every 8 hours (max dose 2mg per lb.) same as canine dose
Dramamine reduces motion (car) sickness up to 50mg every 8 hours up to 10mg every 8 hours
Hydrogen Peroxide 3% used to induce vomiting after accidential ingestion of poison 10ml by mouth every 15 minutes same as canine dose
Epinephrine 1:1000 used to treat reactions following medications, insect bites & stings 1/10 to 1/2ml intramuscular or subcutaneously 1/10 to 2/10ml intramuscular or subcutaneously
Pepto Bismol for diarrhea, vomiting & anti-gas 1 tsp per 5 lbs every 6 hours not recommended
Di Gel Liquid antacid and anti-gas up to 4 tbs every 8 hours up to 2 tbs every 8 hours
Mineral Oil eliminates constipation up to 4 tbs daily up to 2 tbs daily
Kaopectate relieves diarrhea 1 ml per lb. every 2 hours same as canine dose

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Antibiotic Dosages for pets

The following is a list of common antibiotics prescribed by veterinarians. Recommended dosages and common usage’s are included. Please follow the advice of your veterinarian when using antibiotics.


Common Usage

Canine (dog) Dosage

Feline (cat) Dosage

Amoxicillin used to fight bacterial infection 5 mg per lb. ev ery 12 hours 5 mg per lb. daily
Ampicillian used to fight bacterial infection 10 mg per lb. every 6 hours same as canine dose
Tetracycline used to fight bacterial infection 10 mg per lb. every 8 hours same as canine dose
PEN BP-48 used to fight bacterial infection 1 cc per 20lbs subcutaneously every 48 hours not recommended
Penicillian i300,000 units/mil used to fight bacterial infection 1 ml per 30 lbs. subcutaneously same as canine dose

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