Imodium, known as the generic medication loperamide, is a synthetic opioid. Many people are surprised to hear this, because this medication is commonly used to treat diarrhea. It’s a fact that Imodium is not good for treating pain, but it can bring on constipation. At the right dosage, this is a safe and useful medication for pet parents and even their dogs.
Is Imodium Safe for Dogs?
Yes, but you should never give this medication to your dog unless instructed to do so by the vet. At the wrong dosage, Imodium can be toxic to dogs. The amount needed to poison a dog depends on the dose of the pill and the weight of the dog. In most cases, a dosage of 0.05-0.1 mg/pound can be given safely every 8 hours.
However, in certain amounts and in certain dog breeds, Imodium can be toxic.
Imodium Can be Harmful
In certain instances, Imodium can be harmful for dogs:
- Herding breeds: such as Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds, and other herding breeds can have a gene that keeps them from breaking down Imodium. Instead, the medication can bring on very serious side effects in these dogs.
- Medical conditions: dogs that have liver disease, kidney disease, Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism, and some other medical conditions should not take Imodium. This drug can worsen those conditions.
- Pregnant or nursing: dogs that are pregnant or nursing should never take any type of medication, unless prescribed by a vet.
- Allergies: some dogs may be allergic to the ingredients in Imodium.
- Interactions with other medications: Imodium may not interact well with other medications, including those sold over the counter.
- Side effects: some dog may develop side effects, even when given the correct dose. Side effects can include vomiting, digestive issues, bloody or even soft stools.
What to Do If Your Dog Has Eaten Imodium
This could be a medical emergency, so you’ll need to call the vet right away. Try to determine how many Imodium tablets your dog has swallowed and take the product packaging with you to the vet’s.
Depending on how long ago your canine companion swallowed the medication, the vet may be able to pump the dog’s stomach or use other methods to rid his system of the Imodium.
Quick treatment is the key to ensuring your dog is able to recover and live a long, happy life. And be sure to keep all medications out of the reach of your dog.