A pomeranian dog resisting medicine from its owner.

If your dog has gastrointestinal issues, chances are you have already tried a variety of treatments to help ease their symptoms. Pepcid, though most commonly used for human symptoms, can sometimes be incorporated in treatment plans for dogs. But, is Pepcid truly safe for your dog, and if so, what is the best way to give it to them?

What is Pepcid?

Pepcid (famotidine) is a medication frequently used to treat gastrointestinal problems in humans. In some cases, Pepcid can help dogs with similar symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Acid reflux
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Stomach pain

Is Pepcid safe for dogs?

It depends on your dog’s medical history, age, weight and any medication(s) they take. Additionally, if your dog is pregnant or nursing, giving them Pepcid might not be healthy or advisable. Talk to your dog’s veterinarian regarding the safety and efficacy of Pepcid on their health.


Pepcid dosage will vary from one dog to another. Their veterinarian will know what’s best in regards to dosing, so always consult with them regarding Pepcid intake and dosing instructions. Keep in mind that Pepcid can also come in different forms, including injection and tablets, which will also affect the specified dosing amount for your dog.

Side Effects

According VCA Hospitals, your dog might experience side effects with Pepcid, including but not limited to:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Change in appetite
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin

Please note: some side effects could indicate serious medical concern. It is critical that you contact a veterinarian immediately if you notice your dog is experiencing any side effects with Pepcid.

Final Thoughts

While many humans take Pepcid to relieve various gastrointestinal symptoms and illnesses, the safety of use in dogs is still not fully understood. If you believe your dog has serious health problems, it’s important that you speak with their veterinarian and ask for a health screening. Furthermore, if you want to know more about the potential of Pepcid helping your dog, ask your veterinarian for more information.

Disclaimer: This article does not constitute professional medical advice, nor can it replace the advice of a licensed professional.

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