People meds for dogs with diarrhea

People meds for dogs with diarrhea

If your Morkie has mild diarrhea lasting a day or two, or has an upset stomach, you CAN give him Pepto-Bismol as a good dog diarrhea treatment. The American Kennel Club (AKC) says Pepto-Bismol for dog diarrhea is safe, and it’s just one of our own products that is a safe diarrhea medication for dogs.

Indigestion, gas, occasional constipation, diarrhea… or as that song-you-can’t-get-out-of-your-brain says –


Simple dog diarrhea treatment*

Pepto-Bismol, Imodium AD and Kaopectate are 3 of our medications that work well as dog diarrhea treatment. Given carefully, they can provide relief to your Morkie who is suffering from temporary diarrhea or upset stomach .

These 3 over-the-counter medications can be given to your Morkie to treat diarrhea or upset stomach:

medicine syringe for dogs

Special needle-less syringe to measure and give  medicine to babies and dogs; you can buy these at any drugstore.

1. Pepto-Bismol for dogs

  • this popular drug is bismuth subsalicylate and most Vets consider it safe (although don’t substitute no-name brands; they’re not all the same)
  • Dosage:  1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds, offered to the dog every 6-to-8 hours — so most morkies would get about 1/2 teaspoon
  • use an empty (no needle) plastic syringe to give to your dog – open his mouth, place the syringe toward the back of the tongue and push the plunger, then hold his muzzle for a second to make sure he swallows it
  • Not for: dogs with bleeding disorders; dogs who are pregnant or nursing; dogs taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as Rimadyl and Deramaxx
  • Danger: toxic for cats


2. Imodium AD (liquid or tablet) usage for dogs

  • Imodium AD works by reducing the intestinal muscular spasms and secretions that cause diarrhea in dogs.
  • Remember it quiets the symptoms but does nothing to help the cause of diarrhea
  • Dosage: you can use caplets for big dogs, but smaller breeds need the liquid form (I use an eyedropper to give the medicine, slipping it between the dog’s gums and mouth).  0.1 ml per pound of your dog’s weight, every 8 hours. Do not overdose.
  • Too much: will cause constipation and bloating
  • Not for: pregnant or nursing dogs; dogs head injuries; dogs who are also vomiting

3. Kaopectate usage for dogs

  • Uses: For diarrhea
  • Dosage: 1ml per pound, every 2 hours
  • Too much: will cause constipation and bloating
  • Not for: pregnant or nursing dogs; dogs head injuries; dogs who are also vomiting


* My Big Disclaimer:

This site provides general information and should not be considered medical advice. You should always check with your Veterinarian prior to choosing a treatment option for your pet.




I keep a small bottle of Pepto Bismol on hand in my dogs’ first aid kit, with the dosage already printed  on a label. (Check expiry dates for these and all meds from time to time.)

Pepto Bismol is a handy and safe diarrhea medication for dogs

If your Morkie’s diarrhea last more than a day or two, or if he seems in pain or also vomiting, contact your Veterinarian right away.

The AKC has a free booklet you can download called Emergency First Aid for Dogs. Good info to know.

PEPTOBISMOL is a trademark of The Procter & Gamble Company.

Imodium A-D is a registered trademark of Janssen/McNeil Consumer Products.

KAOPECTATE is a trademark and brand of Chattem, Inc.

Miracle dog food: PUMPKIN!

Miracle dog food: PUMPKIN!

Here’s something you should keep on hand if you own a dog: canned pure pumpkin.


Cooked or canned pumpkin can do wonders for dogs’ digestive health.

It’s a miracle food – solving both constipation AND diarrhea. It contains magnesium, potassium and iron as well as beta-carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A.  And, if your Morkie is overweight, it can even help him lose weight!

What makes pumpkin such a miracle food?

Pumpkin is high in fiber.

So that means it can help bulk up loose stools by absorbing that excess liquid, or soften hard stools so your dog isn’t constipated any more.  Digestive upsets are among the most common ailments dogs have, and can be very frustrating to deal with.  But pumpkin can solve both extremes, diarrhea and constipation.

Weight Loss

Because pumpkin is high in dietary fiber, it can fill your dog up with fewer calories, helping him lose weight slowly and safely.

Tasty AND good for your dog too

Pumpkin is low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol.  Most dogs seem to love the taste, so it’s easy to feed or put in treat recipes.

How much to give?

frozen pumpkin ie creamIt’s key that you buy pure pumpkin puree – not pie filling.  It must be unsweetened.  Cooked fresh pumpkin has the same benefits – but that old jack-o’-lantern that’s been sitting outside for days is probably full of bacteria and starting to rot, so it’s not a good choice.

For medium and large dogs, two or three tablespoons of  pure canned or cooked pumpkin a day can bring real benefits.

For small dogs like Morkies, one or two teaspoons a day is perfect.  And if you’re using pure pumpkin to help your dog lose weight, replace that same amount of food with pumpkin for best results (up to 1/3 of the dog food replaced with pumpkin)

Great in dog treat recipes offers this great recipe for dogs:

Peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats

Makes 25 treats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

For  more tips on raising a happy healthy Morkie, check out the Morkie MegaGuide. Over 300 pages of Morkie care – everything the Morkie owner needs to know.  Instant download e-book.  Read more.

Morkie got an upset stomach?

Morkie got an upset stomach?

Good news – your Morkie can have Pepto-Bismol

Pepto-Bismol retro adA very 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 your Veterinarian 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, proceed 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.


  • 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

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