The question “Can dogs have tums for upset stomach?” always crops up in many online forums. The answer is yes; you can give your dog tums when they suffer from digestion issues, tummy aches, or diarrhea. It’s because tums provide your dog with temporary relief before you get to the bottom of the disease it has.
Remember, any pain or discomfort is a symptom of an underlying health problem, so the dog will not automatically feel better with tums. When you have a headache, you take painkillers, but that does not mean you are cured. The headache could be a symptom of a particular disease. Therefore, tums are not the final answer.
Dogs often suffer from stomach upsets, heartburn, and colds, just like we do. They also get fatigued sometimes and experience so much discomfort. When your dog is experiencing any pain, it is best to ask your vet to examine the cause of his distress. Your vet will guide you on what you can do to relieve the pain before taking your pooch for observation and treatment.
Are Tums Good for Dogs?
Tums offer pain relief for dogs in cases of heartburn, diarrhea, and stomach upsets. Unlike humans, dogs digest food way faster, which means that the medicine might not be effective. It is a result of tums passing too quickly through the dog’s digestive system. All the same, most dogs will get the temporary relief they need after taking the medication.
Generally, tums will not harm your dog, but you should not give them without talking to your vet. Tums contain some minerals that may cause certain side effects that can be worse than the stomach upset you were trying to treat. Talk to your vet and once you get the consent, give your dog tums for temporary relief.
Some vets use tums to shape phosphorous levels in the blood since they work as a phosphate binder. This medicine is also often used by vets for kidney disease treatment in dogs. However, improper administration can cause kidney failure.
Tums are also effective for blots because they contain magnesium that loosens the stool. On the other hand, you should know that the aluminum and calcium in tums can cause constipation and appetite loss. As a consequence, you will accomplish the opposite of what you intended to do. Asking your vet beforehand is the smartest way to go about it.
Side Effects of Tums on Dogs
While you may think that calcium is an excellent compound for nursing and pregnant dogs, this is quite further from the truth. Too much calcium is very bad for your dog’s kidneys and can be fatal for dogs with bad kidneys. Dogs that consume too much calcium eventually end up developing urinary stones and kidney disease. If you expose your dog to too much calcium and develops bad kidneys, recovering can be difficult. She will likely live with the condition for a lifetime.
Ask your vet about the recommended calcium levels for your dog and find alternative ways for pain relief other than using antacid medicine all the time. There are premium dog foods tailored for your dog’s size and allergy levels and can help regulate calcium intake.
For puppies, too much intake of calcium causes deficient cartilage and bone development. Some dogs may experience allergies as a result of tums. The allergic reaction may come from the dyes used to make tums look bright colored. Repeated use of tums may also increase the risk of pancreatitis and other severe conditions.
Overall, giving your dog other medication combined with tums could result in serious side effects. Before using tums to treat your dog, ensure that it will not negatively interact with any other medicine your dog uses. Moreover, some diseases become severe with tums, such as kidney disease, so you should be very careful. Also, watch out for your dog all the time. In case your pup accidentally consumes many tums, rush him to the vet. Even just a few tablets are capable of causing a lot of damage or even death.
What Can Your Dog Use For Stomach Upsets?
There are so many reasons why your dog can have an upset stomach. Mostly, it is because dogs with sensitive tummies cannot digest some foods as other dogs would. Other reasons include eating foreign objects such as dog toys or strange foods and some other medical conditions. The only way you can determine the severity, cause, and proper treatment of a stomach upset is by consulting your vet.
When your dog experiences stomach upsets, the best way to deal with it is to deny him food for around six hours. Lack of food will allow his stomach to flush out of anything causing the upset. In cases of diarrhea, the best remedy is canned pumpkin. Pumpkin contains a lot of fiber which creates a firm stool and retains excessive water in the intestines.
If you try all that and your dog still has vomiting and diarrhea episodes, seek help from your vet. Your vet will have to examine the dog’s stool, conduct blood tests, and do some x-rays to determine the type of disease he has. Your vet will tell you with utmost certainty what is good or bad for your dog.
Depending on the outcome of the exams, your vet may suggest an alternative medication to tums. Most of them prescribe Imodium and Pepto. If the digestive problems of your dog become frequent, you might have to change their diet.
While tums are generally safe for dogs, this does not mean that you can give them any time they experience stomach upsets. For the reasons mentioned above, you need to ask your vet before giving your dog any medication. However mild the symptoms might be, it does not hurt to confirm with your vet before doing anything so that your dog enjoys a longer, healthier life.
Dr. Belinda Hawks earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2006 and has been practicing veterinary medicine since then. Dr. Belinda currently works as a passionate rancher and mixed animal veterinarian in a rural town in South Carolina. When not practicing veterinary medicine or writing, she spends her free time with her lovely husband and three kids (2 boys and a lovely girl) in South Carolina.