Famotidine for dogs suffering with gastric problems such as GERD and acid reflux
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This page contains dosage and side effects of famotidine for dogs suffering with various illnesses such as GERD and acid reflux. Read the following carefully.
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Famotidine, popularly sold under brand name “Pepcid”, is a H2 Receptor Antagonist (H2RA) that inhibits the production of stomach acid. Because of this effect it is often used to treat dogs suffering from many different gastric ailments including acid reflux and GERD. Famotidine is commonly available on an over-the-counter basis and can be bought in most pharmacies, though it may be listed under more popular brand names such as Pepcid. Famotidine is not FDA approved for use in dogs, however, it is a common prescription from veterinarians so don’t be alarmed, as long as you use it under your vet’s approval and professional guidance then it is very safe.
Famotidine dosage for dogs
The standard dosage of Pepcid for dogs is 0.25 mg per pound every 12 hours. On the higher end of the scale, you may be advised to administer 0.44 mg of famotidine every 12 hours. Never exceed the dosage unless advised otherwise by your vet. The dosage of Pepcid may depend on other factors aside from size alone, and as such a veterinary visit will be needed before using this drug, in some cases you may be required to start at a lower dose and increase gradually.
Is famotidine safe for dogs?
Yes, famotidine is safe for most dogs unless they have certain diseases which may cause complications. There is also the inherent risk, as with all drugs, that your dog will suffer an allergic reaction. Always be extra vigilant when giving your dog a new drug for this very reason. Before administering famotidine it is very important that you seek advice from a trained veterinarian. They will be able to tell you whether this medication is right for your dog and its illness. If you do not feel comfortable giving this drug to your pet for whatever reason, be aware that there are several alternatives in cases of acid reflux which you may try, notably Zantac (ranitidine).
- Seek advice from a vet if your dog has liver or kidney disease
- Do not mix with drugs which will interact with famotidine, such as ketoconazole
- Take your dog to the vet for a formal diagnosis before administering famotidine
Despite not being FDA approved, famotidine thus far has proved a safe drug for treating a variety of illnesses in dogs including more serious conditions such as tumors. However, as mentioned earlier, you should still remain vigilant for complications if this is the first time you’ve ever given this drug to your dog. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell when your dog is suffering an allergic reaction though you must be quick to react, so what do you look out for? Some signs to be aware of include sweating, rapid heartrate and/or rapid breathing, swelling and rashes. If your dog develops any of these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately as failing to act fast could be dangerous for the health of you pet.
Uses of famotidine for dogs
Famotidine is a common prescription from vets and is used for dogs with conditions such as:
- Acid reflux
- Stomach ulcers
- Stomach inflammation
- Mast cell tumors
GERD and acid reflux are the most common ailments treated with the drug famotidine.
Side effects of famotidine use in dogs
There are rarely side effects when using famotidine for dogs with the above ailments, however, in rare cases your dog may lose its appetite and become fatigued. If your dog falls ill after taking the drug it is possible that you have accidentally administered an overdose or that he or she is suffering a bad reaction to the medicine, in such cases you should always call for emergency veterinary care.