Imodium For Dogs Suffering With Diarrhea

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Information for the dosage of Imodium for dogs can be found on this page, along with information about side effects, safety and more.

Imodium, the popular brand name of the drug “loperamide”, is commonly used in humans to treat diarrhea and acute colitis. The same is true with dogs, and because of this, Imodium is commonly prescribed by vets. Loperamide works by slowing down the movement of waste through the intestines, allowing for more absorption of water (hence thicker stools) and other nutrients.

Imodium dosage for dogs

In liquid form the correct dosage of Imodium AD may vary depending on the concentration. You should seek advice from your vet if using the liquid form of Imodium. In pill form you should administer 0.05 mg per pound, to be given every 8 hours. As with most liquid medicines, Imodium contains a small amount of alcohol which is toxic to dogs, and therefore it’s usually better to use pills. Do not exceed this dosage unless instructed to do so by your vet. Treatment will not typically last for more than two days.

Is Imodium safe for dogs?

Both Imodium and the generic form loperamide are safe for use in dogs and is commonly prescribed by vets for dogs with diarrhea. However, there are some drugs which you should not mix this medication with, and certain circumstances in which the use of Imodium would not be recommended.

Safety precautions

  • Take care when using on older dogs
  • Do not mix with Naloxone, Amitraz, Selegiline or Furazolidone
  • Do not administer this medication with drugs of the benzodiazepine class, or other CNS depressants/sedatives
  • Do not administer to dogs in whom their diarrhea is caused by bacteria or ingestion of a toxin

This is a safe drug to use when following the recommended Imodium dosage for dogs. You should first find the cause of your dog’s diarrhea (if you are using the drug for that reason) because administering Imodium to a dog with diarrhea caused by bacteria or a toxin hinders its removal from the dog’s body. In cases of diarrhea which persists for more than 48 hours seek medical attention to avoid dehydration. Remember that a dog suffering with diarrhea must be kept well hydrated due to all of the fluid which they are losing due to their condition.

Uses of Imodium for dogs

Imodium is a common medication used in the treatment of:

  • Diarrhea
  • Acute colitis
  • Malabsorption
  • Maldigestion

Side effects of Imodium use in dogs

The use of Imodium may lead to several side effects in your dog such as constipation, gas, fatigue, and sedative effects. If you notice any unforeseen side effects or suspect that you have administered an overdose you should stop giving your dog the drug and seek immediate attention from a vet.

Wikipedia article containing general information about Imodium