Metamucil Side Effects in Dogs

By Lesa Storms
Psyllium, known by its brand name Metamucil, is commonly used to treat dogs and cats for intestinal problems, even though it is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

Metamucil Uses

Considered a “bulk forming laxative,” Metamucil comes in both powder and capsule forms and is used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, constipation and other conditions.

How to Get It

Metamucil is available either by prescription or over the counter at a drug store.

How It Works

It works by passing through the intestinal system without being digested. When it reaches the colon, it absorbs water, causing it to swell, which results in the stool becoming softer. The end result is that the bulk makes the body demand a bowel movement. However, it may take up to 72 hours to work.

How to Use

Mix two to 10 grams of Metamucil every 12 to 24 hours, as needed into your dog's wet food. Remember that the powered form of Metamucil is 3.4 grams per rounded teaspoon. Always check with your veterinarian before administering medications.

Side Effects

The most common side effect of using Metamucil in dogs is gas, which is caused because of blockage to the intestinal system.

Things to Remember

Make sure you keep water on hand after giving your dog Metamucil, because it helps the process. Also, stop using it immediately and call your veterinarian if your dog begins to vomit.
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