❥Tums for dogs❥
- What does Tums do for dogs?
- How is Tums bad for dogs?
- How much Tums can I give my dog?
- What safer alternatives to abs can I give my dog?
“Can I give my dog Tums?” You will probably ask this question if your dog suffers from a stomachache, diarrhea, or other digestive problems. Tums makes your stomach feel better, so would this drug work for your pup?
The short answer is yes , you can give your dog Tums for digestion problems and it may provide temporary relief, although it is almost certainly not the most effective treatment option. However, you must follow certain guidelines and consult your vet first , or you could make your dog much more ill.
In addition, there are safer and more effective alternatives to treat digestion problems in dogs. This is what you need to know.
❥What does Tums do for dogs?❥
Tums can be used to treat the mild discomfort of stomach problems, heartburn, and diarrhea in dogs. The active ingredient, calcium carbonate, reduces excess stomach acid in humans who take it. However, dogs digest things faster than humans, and in many cases, the drug can pass too quickly to be effective.
Still, several dogs experience temporary relief from some digestive issues after taking Tums. Some veterinarians use Tums to affect blood phosphorus levels, as it works as a phosphate binder. This should only be done by a veterinarian.
Sometimes veterinarians will use it in treating kidney disease, but it can also make certain kidney conditions worse, so only a trained veterinarian should make decisions regarding the treatment of serious health problems with Tums.
Some humans use Tums as a calcium supplement, but this is not a good idea for dogs. While dogs don’t tend to experience infrequent one or two dose side effects, repeated exposure can cause serious health problems in canines. If your dog needs calcium supplements, talk to your vet about your dog’s diet.
❥How is Tums bad for dogs?❥
Tums generally only causes minimal side effects in dogs when taken infrequently, if at all.
However, the drug compounds can cause constipation or loose stools, which is the opposite effect you probably want it to have. This is one of the reasons why you should consult your vet before giving it to your dog.
Here are some of the other situations in which Tums can be bad for dogs:
- Toxic ingredients. Always read the label for potentially harmful ingredients before giving any medication to your dog. Dogs cannot consume artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol.
- Allergies Some dogs may have an allergic reaction to ingredients or artificial dyes that give Tums its bright colors.
- Repeated use. Regular exposure can lead to kidney disease, urinary stones, pancreatitis, and other conditions in dogs. An alternative treatment is necessary for chronic stomach problems, and there are safer alternatives if your dog needs calcium supplements.
- Puppies Too much calcium can cause problems with the development of bones and cartilage. Do not give this medication to a puppy without veterinary approval.
- Pregnant or lactating dogs. These dogs should almost never be given medication without veterinary approval or supervision.
- Other medications As with almost all medications, Tums can interact poorly when combined with other medications your dog takes.
- Medical conditions In fact, tums can make certain problems worse, like kidney disease. If your dog suffers from a medical condition, ask your vet which over-the-counter medications are safe to use.
If your dog somehow eats a lot of Tums when you’re not looking, call your vet. Your dog is not likely to overdose or experience extreme illness, even if he swallows quite a few tablets, although he may suffer from constipation or an upset stomach.
❥How much Tums can I give my dog?❥
An appropriate dose of Tums for your dog varies widely based on the drug’s strength, formula, and your dog’s weight, which is another reason you should consult your veterinarian before giving it to your dog.
The following is a guide to typical use of the drug in dogs and should not replace your veterinarian’s advice for your individual pet.
Typical dosages are as follows:
- Small dogs: 1250 mg over 24 hours
- Medium dogs: 2 grams to 4 grams for 24 hours
- Large dogs: 4 grams to 6 grams for 24 hours.
- Giant dogs: 6 to 10 grams for 24 hours
❥What safer alternatives to abs can I give my dog?❥
If your dog is suffering from extreme diarrhea, vomiting, or stomach pain, you should obviously contact your vet right away and not even bother with Tums or antacids.
However, for mild stomach problems, veterinarians often suggest fasting until your dog’s digestive system runs its course. They may also suggest reintroducing foods in smaller portions or switching to an easier-to-digest diet.
When veterinarians suggest the use of medications to treat mild digestion problems, they usually prescribe other medications in addition to Tums. Instead, they may recommend the use of Pepto or Imodium. Again, do not give your dog any medications, not even over-the-counter medications, without checking with your vet.
Certain foods can help firm up your dog’s stool and improve digestion. Pumpkin puree helps a lot and is one of the best safe options for dog parents to cure mild stomach problems.
If your dog experiences frequent digestion problems, his diet may need to be adjusted or it may be a symptom of a larger medical problem. Talk to your vet about the symptoms that concern you.