My Dog Ate Alka Seltzer What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Tom •  Updated: 06/28/23 •  3 min read
Dog Severe Toxicity Level
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What do you reach for when you have an upset stomach or indigestion? Many people take Alka Seltzer when they have stomach and digestive problems. This medication is pretty effective at treating different stomach problems. But what happens if your dog decides he wants the “treat” you’re not sharing with him? Your fur baby may help himself to the Alka Seltzer and eat it! What happens if a dog eats Alka Seltzer?

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Has your dog eaten Alka Seltzer? Are you worried that the Alka Seltzer will make your dog sick? If so,  you’ve come to the right place. We understand that it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.

We’ve gathered information about Alka Seltzer and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

Dog Ate Alka Seltzer

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What is Alka Seltzer?

Alka Seltzer is an OTC medication used to treat heartburn, acid indigestion, sour stomach, and more. The medicine is also used for stomach issues that are accompanied by headaches or body aches.

There are several different kinds of Alka Seltzer products; however, we’re looking at Alka Seltzer’s original flavor. This medication is in the form of effervescent tablets that dissolve in water. The tablets contain aspirin, citric acid, and sodium bicarbonate.

While Alka Seltzer is safe for humans (when used as directed), what about dogs? What happens if a dog eats Alka Seltzer?

Alka Seltzer & Dogs

Unfortunately, Alka Seltzer is toxic to dogs. Aspirin is toxic to dogs. In addition, citric acid and sodium bicarbonate can cause severe damage to the stomach lining.

Symptoms of Alka Seltzer Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten Alka Seltzer:

Stomach pain

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.

Treatment of Alka Seltzer Ingestion in Dogs

The vet may try to induce vomiting and use activated charcoal to remove the toxins from your dog’s system. In certain instances, the vet may also need to perform gastric lavage to ensure the toxins are removed from your fur baby’s body.

They will also treat your dog’s other symptoms as they arise. Your fur baby may also require an IV with fluids and to administer medications.

Depending on your dog’s condition, he may need to be hospitalized until he’s in stable condition.

The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical treatment after eating Alka Seltzer. In the future, it’s best to keep all medications out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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