My Dog Ate Loperamide What Should I Do?

By Kim •  Updated: 10/06/20 •  3 min read
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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.

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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:

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.

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Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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