Cough drops can help us humans when we’re sick. There’s nothing more frustrating than having a nagging cough that lingers, and cough drops come to the rescue to quiet the cough, ease our sore throats, and soothe inflammation.
Humans, however, aren’t the only species that get coughs, as dogs get coughs too. Since cough drops are helpful to humans, what about dogs? Are cough drops safe for dogs? The answer is no, cough drops are not safe for dogs.
You should never give your dog a cough drop, and in this article, we’ll explain why you should never give your dog a cough drop for any reason.
Why Can’t Dogs Have Cough Drops?
Dogs cannot have cough drops for the simple reason of the ingredients in these products. Cough drops are not meant for canine consumption, and the ingredients in cough drops are downright toxic to our canine fur babies.1
To better understand the harm, let’s break down common ingredients found in cough drops.
If your dog eats a cough drop of something else that may have toxic ingredients, you can call Animal Poison Control or the Pet Poison Helpline, both of which are available 24/7.
How Do I Remedy a Cough in My Dog Safely?
First and foremost, you should never try a home remedy cough suppressant unless it’s approved by your veterinarian. That said, honey mixed with warm water can help soothe coughs in dogs. You can also try an air humidifier to moisten the air inside your home.
If your dog coughs on occasion, it might not be a cause for alarm, but if the cough is frequent, ensure you take your dog for an examination right away. A cough could indicate something more serious going on, and your veterinarian can determine the cause and get to the root of the problem. The sooner you take your dog to the vet for an assessment, the better.
Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe
Always check the ingredients in anything store-bought that you may occasionally give your dog, such as peanut butter. As we’ve mentioned, xylitol can be found in numerous products, and if your dog ingests it, the consequences will most likely be life-threatening. Also, never give your dog a cough drop under any circumstances.
Keep your dog’s vaccines up to date, and always make an appointment with your veterinarian if your dog seems to not be feeling well or has developed a cough. Your vet will most likely perform a chest X-ray to see what’s going on and implement a treatment plan if necessary.
Cough drops are made to help humans with a cough, not canines. Cough drops contain too many harmful and toxic ingredients for dogs that could cause extreme illness and possibly death.
Simply put, giving your dog a cough drop for a cough is not worth the risk. If your dog has developed a cough, take them to the vet for an examination. Your vet can give you safe home remedies to try or implement a treatment plan for something more serious.
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