Good news – your Morkie can have Pepto-Bismol

A small amount of Pepto-Bismol can be safe for dogs and can really help clear up dog diarrhea, and dog vomiting and diarrhea.

Check with your Veterinarian first, and for recommended dose, or try 1/2 teaspoon mixed with 2 teaspoons water; give half the batch and wait 4 hours to administer the second half.

If your Morkie has an upset stomach (vomiting and/or diarrhea), try the following:

Step 1: Remove all food and water for 4 to 5 hours.

Step 2: If vomiting contains blood or is frequent, contact the Veterinarian immediately. If not, go to Step 3.

Step 3: After 6 to 8 hours of no vomiting, introduce water gradually at 1 to 2 ounces at a time. If no vomiting occurs, offer a bland diet of boiled skinless chicken and rice (50:50 mixture). If your dog can keep this down, transition back to his regular diet over 3 days, by adding more and more of his regular diet to the bland one.

Always check with your Veterinarian before giving your pet any medications or treatments.

The ingredients in Pepto-Bismol have been used to treat upset stomach — and cholera — since the late 1700s according to historians.


  • The greatest worry with ongoing diarrhea is dehydration.  Don’t let your small dog get dehydrated – it can literally be deadly.
  • It’s really hard giving medications to small dogs … but for liquids, you can use a syringe (without the needle of course) and ease the liquid between your pup’s gums and teeth.  Or try a small eyedropper
  • Puppies under 10 weeks with diarrhea need to see a Vet right away. They can easily die at that age, and should never fast!

Pepto-Bismol is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble

A [very] brief history of Pepto-Bismol

In the early 1900s, the product was first sold by a physician in new York. It was sold as a remedy for infant diarrhea under the name “Bismosal: Mixture Cholera Infantum

By 1919, it was renamed Pepto-Bismol. During the 1920s, Pepto-Bismol was sold at drugstore soda fountains. A print ad showed large bottles with stoppers, from which druggists dispensed single doses.

Giant Procter & Gamble bought the brand in 1982, and market it worldwide. Its active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate, is used to treat heartburn, indigestion, nausea, gas, belching and fullness.

Why is it so… PINK?

“Somebody who helped develop it suggested the color because he thought kids would like it,” says Procter & Gamble spokesman Jim Schwartz after conferring with P&G;’s historian. “Its bright cheery color was meant to reduce fear.”

What makes Pepto pink?

Artificial colors: Red 22 and Red 28.

Has it always been pink?

For all its 88 years.