My Dog Ate Sudafed What Should I Do?
Most of us catch a cold or suffer from allergies once in a while. Thankfully, there are OTC medications called decongestants, such as Sudafed, that work to reduce the congestion that often accompanies these conditions. But what happens if a curious dog eats some Sudafed?
Has your dog eaten Sudafed? Are you worried the Sudafed 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 put together information about Sudafed and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Sudafed?
Sudafed is a decongestant medication that relieves the symptoms of the common cold, flu, allergies, sinus pressure & infections, and other nasal conditions. The medication works by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose and sinuses to decrease swelling and congestion.
Sudafed comes in generic OTC and prescription medications and should always be taken as directed. This medication is usually considered safe for humans when used correctly. However, what happens if a dog eats Sudafed?
Sudafed & Dogs
Unfortunately, Sudafed can be toxic to dogs. The medication works to shrink blood vessels and reduce inflammation. Symptoms of toxicity can start within 30 minutes to four hours after a dog ingests the medicine.
Symptoms of Sudafed Toxicity in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog eats Sudafed:
- Dilated pupils
- Excessive panting
- Extreme blood changes in blood pressure
- Heat rate abnormalities
If your dog shows any of these symptoms, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency. It’s a good idea to take the product and its packaging to the vet. This allows the vet to see how much of the medication your dog may have eaten and the dose of the medicine. Be sure to let the vet know about what time your dog ate the Sudafed.
Treatment of Sudafed Toxicity in Dogs
The vet will first try to decontaminate your dog’s system by inducing vomiting or activated charcoal. Another way method they may use is gastric lavage. After this, the vet will treat other symptoms as they arise. Your fur baby may require an IV for fluids and to administer medications as needed.
In some cases, a dog may also require supplemental oxygen and may need to be hospitalized (depending on the severity of his condition).
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt treatment after eating Sudafed. So, always keep this and other human medications out of your dog’s reach. Prevention is always the best medicine!