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Is it Safe to Use Pepto Bismol for Dogs?

Getting Rid of Your Dog's Tummy Problems

By December 08, 2013 | See Comments

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Does your dog have an upset stomach? Are you at a loss as to what you can do to relieve their symptoms? Pepto Bismol always seems to do the trick for pet parents, so why not for dogs as well? Learn here how this pink over-the-counter medicine can make your dog's upset stomach a thing of the past.

People use Pepto Bismol for relief from upset stomach and diarrhea. Did you know it’s also safe for our canine companions?


  • Pepto Bismol is the leading brand of bismuth subsalicylate.
  • Some brands have a different formulation, so do not treat the brands interchangeably.
  • Pepto Bismol is both an oral anti-inflammatory and an antacid.
  • Pepto Bismol is safe for both humans and dogs (not cats!), when used properly.
  • Pepto Bismol is sold without a prescription, but consult a vet before giving it to your dog because some dogs should not take the drug.


Just like us, dogs can get diarrhea, indigestion, or an upset stomach. And, just like us, dogs can get relief by taking bismuth subsalicylate. Corrective Suspension is a brand formulated specifically for dogs, but dogs can also take the same off-the-shelf Pepto Bismol that we do. Just be careful to adjust the dose properly for your dog’s weight.


Just because dogs in general can take Pepto Bismol, doesn’t mean your dog should. Reasons for avoiding Pepto include:

  • If your dog is allergic to one or more of the active ingredients
  • Pregnant or nursing dogs should not take Pepto
  • The dog has any of several canine bleeding disorders
  • The dog is taking any drug that could interact with Pepto Bismol (these include some antibiotics and Aspirin, but to be safe, talk to a vet).


Pepto Bismol is great for helping your dog feel better in the moment, but sometimes feeling better doesn’t really help in the long run. If some deeper problem is causing your dog’s symptoms, you don’t want to hide the problem with Pepto. If symptoms continue, or if your dog shows signs of serious illness, go visit the vet. Remember to tell your vet if your dog has had Pepto recently, since Pepto Bismol can cause inaccuracies in abdominal x-rays and urinalysis.

A dog with diarrhea for more than a day, or any dog with diarrhea plus any of the following symptoms needs to go to the vet:

Additionally since puppies dehydrate easily, any puppy with diarrhea gets a trip to the vet right away.



Pepto Bismol usually comes in a pink chalky liquid that dogs (and, incidentally, people) hate. If this is what you have, use a plastic feeding syringe (with no needle) to squirt it into your dog’s mouth. Aim to the side, not straight down the throat, and don’t give too much in one squirt.

Another option is to use the chewable tablets, since dogs may be duped into thinking these are biscuits. They can also be hidden inside treats.

The recommended dose depends on the dog’s weight. The best bet is to ring your veterinarian and ask. Pepto Bismol comes in several different strengths, so make sure your vet knows which kind you have when you ask.


Side effects are rare and usually mild. The most common side effects are constipation, oddly colored stools (grey, black, or green), or a darkened tongue.

How PetPlus Can Help

If your dog is suffering from a chronic upset stomach and Pepto just isn't cutting it, prescription medications like metoclopramide or Famotidine (Pepcid) can be very helpful. And when it comes to getting these kinds of medication for your pet, PetPlus is the best way to get them. Offering sizable discounts compared to other retailers, PetPlus can end us saving you a large sum of money. Metoclopramide alone is over 50% cheaper on PetPlus than it is elsewhere.

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.


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I have a Yorkie also, she has allergies. I give her 2.5 mg of prednisone every 3 days as well and a diet of stickily chicken and other fowl meats, no beef! I also give her weekly baths using Zymox shampoo and leave in conditioner. This also helps with her itchy skin. All together it keeps her allergies under control and happy little puppy! Good Luck!


My yorkie has skin allergies. I tried giving her a small dose of childrens allergy liquid but it really didn't help much. I have to take her to the vet for stronger meds otherwise her skin turns very red and little bumps start coming all over her itching making her miserable. I use medicated shampoo from the vet. Wish I knew how to stop makes her miserable.


My dog has allergies on her skin. she itches and scratches all the time. Does anyone have any suggestions?


Does anybody know what happens if my dog had too much pepto bismol?cec


My Shiba Inu has had diareah for about a week now and has no other symptoms except real smelly gas. My granddaughter was here shortly before he got sick and we were wondering if he ate one of her toys. how can we tell? he is eating drinking playing normal otherwise.


This is the worst dog food you can give to a dog. Best go with Merrick dog food. Don't give that food to your dog it's like you eating McDonald's every day. It's killing him slowly.


Could it be the anti-heartworm medicine that you are giving him? Try taking him off of all medications, and see if he gets better.


Kristy how did you diagnose the squeaker toy issue? My pug has had diarrhea for months and nothing helps. I'm wondering if there can be something blocked up in him.


my dog has upset stomach , vomits n diarrhoea.. What do i do?


I originally had him on purina dog chow but once hes puked after eating it he wont eat it again. So i got iams but he refused to eat that, so my sister got him variety instinct and he was eating a little bit of that but once he was done with his antibiotics he started getting sick again so im calling the vet tomorrow and hopefully they can finally figure out whats wrong with him.


i took my 3 year old labor-doodle and pitbull mix to the vet sense he was puking and refusing to drink or eat anything and was not pooping. they did xray and it came back normal they did blood work and everything was normal except he had elevated white blood cell count so they put him on antibiotics for 5 days. its now been 2 weeks he eats and drinks but not nearly enough and he just recently started vomiting again. he whines everyday like his stomach is hurting. i don't have the money to keep taking him to the vet unfortunately so i was thinking of trying the pepno bismol stuff.. otherwise im out of ideas its driving me nuts not being able to help him. help


I worded that wrong! I apologize! Don't completely take her food away, give her some chicken and rice canned food. Try to stick with the same brand off food your currently on. On the can it should say "healthy intestine" or "good for GI tract" make sure to look for those, and make sure its chicken and rice. You can grill up chicken and rice on your own as well, if you'd rather do that!


I'm having the same problem. I made sure to take Maya's(my precious black lab rescue) food away, ALWAYS make sure she has plenty of water, and I've been giving her a quarter of a tablet of pepto. You can use pedylite as well. Have you taken your pup to the vet? She could possibly have worms! Hope this helps:) and I hope your sweet furr baby feels better soon!


My 4 month old shih tzu is up in moddle of the night woth diarreah abd vomitting what do I do?

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Pepto Bismol at a glance

  • 1Pepto Bismol is safe for most dogs for quick and temporary relief from an upset stomach and/or diarrhea.
  • 2Some dogs should not be given Pepto, if they have certain allergies or blood disorders, among other issues.
  • 3Not all brands of bismuth subsalicylate are the same. Do not use brands interchangeably.
  • 4Side effects are usually mild, if they occur at all.
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