What Is Imodium For Dogs?
Imodium is a drug used to treat vomiting associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a condition where food or liquid enters your stomach too quickly, causing acid to build up inside it. When this happens, the contents of your stomach start moving back out again when they are no longer needed. If left untreated, this can lead to death from heart failure or other complications.
The medication is usually given intravenously because it requires a larger dose than other medications. However, if you have trouble swallowing pills, then you may prefer to take them orally. Imodium is available over the counter at most pharmacies.
It comes in different strengths and dosages depending on your age and weight. Some brands contain only water; others include sodium chloride (table salt), potassium chloride (potassium table salt) or magnesium sulfate (magnesium sulfate).
How Much Do I Need To Give My Dog?
If you have never given any type of medicine to your pet before, you might not realize just how much a small amount can affect their behavior. The dosage of imodium varies greatly based on the brand and strength. You will need to weigh the amount of medication you want to give your dog and determine its approximate size. Then, multiply that number by .0125 to get the actual dose. For example, you have a 40-pound dog that you want to give 25mg of liquid imodium. You multiply the 25mg by .0125 and get the dog needs about 2.5mg. Most of the time, a tablet is broken up into 1mg pieces for a 10-pound dog.
For an average sized adult, the recommended dosage is 200mg to 400mg. If you weigh 80 pounds or less, you can take up to 200mg. If you weigh between 81 and 90 pounds, you can take up to 400mg.
If your pet weighs between 91 and 100 pounds, the dosage is between 200mg and 400mg. A pet that weighs between 101 and 110 pounds can take between 200mg and 800mg. A pet that weighs between 111 and 150 pounds can take between 300mg and 1,200mg.
A pet that weighs between 151 and 200 pounds can take between 400mg and 1,600mg. A pet that weighs between 201 and 300 pounds can take between 500mg and 2,000mg. A pet that weighs over 300 pounds can take between 800mg and 3,200mg.
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