When we leave our medications where our dogs can get them, sometimes our fur babies may want a “snack.” It’s normal for a dog to want something their pet parent has eaten, including medications, such as Azo. But what happens when a dog eats Azo pills?
Has your dog eaten Azo pills? Are you worried that the Azo pills will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve gathered information about Azo pills and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Azo Pills?
Azo pills are an over-the-counter pain reliever that’s taken to relieve the pain of a urinary tract infection (UTI). The pills are used to treat other symptoms of a UTI, including pain, burning, increased urination, and increased urge to urinate.
These symptoms can be caused by UTIs, injury, surgery, catheters, or other conditions that irritate the bladder.
Azo pills can treat the symptoms of a UTI; however, they will not treat the underlying infection.
While Azo pills are considered safe for humans (when used as directed), what happens if a dog eats Azo pills?
Azo Pills & Dogs
Unfortunately, Azo pills contain a chemical called phenazopyridine (also called pyridium). This chemical is toxic to dogs (and other pets).
Symptoms of Azo Pills Toxicity in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if you’re your dog has eaten Azo pills:
- Blue or purple gums or skin
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in mental status
- Liver damage
If your dog shows any of these symptoms, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Azo Pills Toxicity in Dogs
The vet will work to decontaminate your dog’s system. They may do this by inducing vomiting and using activated charcoal. In some cases, the vet may also choose to pump your fur baby’s stomach to remove the medication from his system.
In addition, your canine companion may need an IV with fluids. Fluids work to rehydrate your dog and to flush the toxins from his system.
The vet will treat other symptoms as they arise. If your dog’s condition is severe, he may need to be hospitalized until he’s in stable condition.
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt treatment after eating Azo pills. In the future, it’s best to keep all medications out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!