Heartburn Treatment With Prilosec For Dogs
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Thinking of using Prilosec for dogs? Read on to find key information such as the dosage for dogs, side effects, safety precautions and more.
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Omeprazole, the active ingredient of Prilosec, is a drug which is able to inhibit acid secretion within the stomach which leads to heartburn. Prilosec requires a prescription prior to use and because of this you will have to visit your vet.
Prilosec dosage for dogs
The dosage of Prilosec is largely dependent on the severity of symptoms and the suggestions of your vet. The usual dosage is 0.25 to 0.5 mg/lb body weight to be administered once a day at 24 hour intervals.
Is Prilosec safe for dogs?
Prilosec may have several side effects, but is usually safe when used as directed by the vet.
- Never use Prilosec without a veterinary prescription
- Notify the vet if your pet suffers with liver disease
- It is recommended to avoid use in pregnant or nursing dogs
- Avoid use in dogs with known allergies to omeprazole
- Notify the vet of other medicine which your dog is taking
Prilosec may interact with other medication, notify the vet of any other medicine your pet is taking, for example diazepam and ketoconazole. Use in pregnant or nursing dogs is not recommended, and, as a prescription-only drug, it should not be used without veterinary approval. Omeprazole may cause issues in dogs with liver disease, if your pet suffers with liver problems tell the vet and practice extra caution during treatment. If any negative side effects become apparent, call the vet.
Uses of Prilosec for dogs
Prilosec, like Zantac, is often used for the treatment of:
- Stomach ulcers
Side effects of Prilosec use in dogs
Dogs on Prilosec will typically experience no ill side effects, but you should expect gastric effects (including vomiting/diarrhea), lowered appetite and loose stools.