My Dog Ate Cold Medicine What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 08/05/21 •  3 min read
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Cold medicine is something many of us have in our medicine cabinets. When we’re sick, we may reach for this type of medicine and end up dropping one on the floor. Or we may take some medicine and leave the container sitting on the counter. In these scenarios, it’s possible the cold medicine could look enticing to your dog. So much so that he snarfs up the medicine right away! But can cold medicine make a dog sick?

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Has your dog eaten some cold medicine? Are you worried the cold medicine will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at cold medicine and whether or not it can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Cold Medicine?

Cold medicine is usually an over-the-counter medication that’s taken to ease the symptoms of a cold, the flu, or sometimes even allergies. The most common ingredients in cold medicines include:

Some of the most common brands of cold medicine include:

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These substances are very toxic to dogs.

Cold Medicines & Dogs

As you can see, cold medicines can be very dangerous for dogs. If your dog has eaten cold medicine, then it’s time to call the vet as soon as possible. Your dog’s life could depend on whether or not he receives prompt treatment.

Symptoms of Cold Medicine Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten cold medicine:

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

Prevention: Keeping Cold Medicines Away from Your Dog

There are some things you can do to help keep your dog from accessing cold medicines, including:

It’s hard to do all of this when you’re really sick; however, the extra effort is well worth it. This is a great way to keep your dog from being accidentally poisoned by cold medicines. Prevention is always the best medicine!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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