by Dr. Douglas Kramer, founder of VetGuru Inc

 Were you aware that you can use pepto bismol for dogs? It’s true! Pepto Bismol is a brand name for a medication generically called Bismuth Subsalicylate. Bismuth Subsalicylate can be used to treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal ailments in dogs including upset stomachs, diarrhea and vomiting. It can even be used to help reduce flatulence (gas) in dogs. I think every pet owner can appreciate this particular benefit!

In a general sense, Bismuth Subsalicylate acts as a coating and soothing agent to help relieve the clinical signs associated with mild to moderate stomach problems in dogs. It is often used in conjunction with other medications as part of a larger, general treatment plan. When used properly and at the appropriate dosage, pepto bismol can indeed be safely used in dogs of all sizes. You may be able to provide relief to your pet by looking no farther than your own home medicine cabinet.

Please remember that this information is not a substitute for veterinary advice. It’s meant  purely as a source of information and to clear up some of the misconceptions that I have come across in practice. Please ensure that you are administering a plain Bismuth Subsalicylate products and not a combination product (Often called a “plus” product”) that may also contain other active ingredients that can can be harmful to your pet. Always read the label carefully!

Popular Brand Names:

  • Bismukote
  • BismuPaste D
  • Bismusal
  • Gastro-Cote
  • Kaopectate
  • PalaBIS
  • Pepto-Bismol

Pepto Bismol Dosage for Dogs:

Dog 0.5-4 ml/lb by mouth every 6-8 hours

General Administration Notes:

  • Shake product well before using. If diarrhea persists, contact veterinarian. May change stool color to a gray-black or greenish-black; contact veterinarian if stool becomes “tarry” black. Refrigeration of the suspension may improve palatability. Do not mix with milk before administering. Side effects may include Constipation and/or GI impactions

Available Over the Counter Products:

  • Bismuth Subsalicylate Suspension 130 mg/15 ml, 262 mg/15 ml and 524 mg/15 ml in 120 ml, 240 ml, 360 ml and 480 ml bottles; Pepto-Bismol® (Procter and Gamble; Pepto-Bismol® Maximum Stength (P and G); generic; (OTC)
  • Bismuth Subsalicylate Tablets and Caplets (Chewable) 262 mg; Pepto-Bismol® (Procter and Gamble); Bismatrol® (Major); (OTC)
  • Bismuth Subgallate tablets (chewable): 200 mg; Devrom® (Parthenon); (OTC)

Warning: May stain your dog’s coat and paws a lovely pink color. Owner clothing and fine household furnishings may also be subject to “involuntary redecorating.”


Vet Guru Inc was founded by veterinarian Dr. Douglas Kramer in 2006 to research and develop innovative pet products based on herbal and holistic formulations. The focus of the company primarily lies in incorporating natural therapeutics into novel delivery systems that make administration to pets more effective and convenient. Dr. Kramer and Vet Guru recently introduced “rapid dissolve pet strips”;  a new and exciting therapeutic delivery system for pets.

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