Prescriptions for Puppies


In community pharmacies, we frequently see prescriptions for puppies. These can be challenging for pharmacists because our average references don’t offer appropriate dosing for pets.

Here’s a cookie sheet for 10 of the most commonly prescribed medication for dogs:

1. The FDA hasn’t yet approved metronidazole for animals, but it’s quite often prescribed for Giardia infection. The usual dose is 15 to 20 mg/kg PO q12 hours for 5 to 7 days.

2. Famotidine is commonly prescribed alongside metronidazole to help with an upset belly. The usual dose is 0.5 to 1 mg/kg PO q12 to 24 hours.

3. Diphenhydramine is regularly used to treat acute allergies.

4. Doxepin is prescribed to help manage stress but also to help with chronic allergies.

5. Tramadol. The usual dose is 2 to 5 mg/kg q6-12 hours.

6. Prednisone is frequently used for puppies as an anti-inflammatory and as an immunosuppressant. The dose ranges widely but generally starts at 0.5 to two mg/kg every day.

7. Ketoconazole can be used often in dogs for a variety of fungal infections.

8. Hydrogen peroxide 3% is popularly used as an emergency emetic. It is wise for the animal’s guardian to contact the emergency veterinarian or Animal Poison Control at 888-426-4435. If needed, the dose is two ml/kg every 10 minutes for three doses (max, 45 ml). Additionally, it helps to gently massage the puppy’s belly and encourage her or him to walk around.

9. Doxycycline has not been approved by the FDA to be used in animals, but it is used to treat plenty of bacterial diseases in puppies. The Lyme disease treatment dose is 10 mg/kg PO q24 hours.

10. Sucralfate is often employed for severe gastrointestinal distress, in addition to GI ulcers. A set dose is used 0.5 to 1 g PO q8 per day. Smaller dogs would begin on the lower side of the range.

I often see guardians come in for prescriptions to take care of their pups for stomach upset with diarrhoea.

I propose adding some yummy pumpkin into the dog’s food, once they restart feeding. The fibre in pumpkin can help bulk up the stools. They could add unsweetened all-natural applesauce into the meals. The applesauce includes pectin that functions to tighten the bowels. Also, Slippery Elm powder, one teaspoon per 25 pounds. Mixed in with warm water three times a day might help soothe the dog’s digestive tract. Animal guardians should discuss changing their dog into a raw diet and including a daily probiotic.2,3

The puppies’ guardians frequently ask how to give these medications to their pets successfully.

In my experience, I find it is ideal to utilise the tablet/capsule form rather than a liquid kind. Some dogs aren’t that discerning, so the pill can only be blended in with their meals. For more finicky puppies, coat the pill from peanut butter or hide it in some cheese or meat. Additionally, there are Pill Pockets that dogs seem to adore.

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