During cold and flu season it is normal for humans to get sick, but what about your dog? The unfortunate answer is yes, your dog can catch the common cold and flu, too. Cold and flu medications such as Mucinex are used to help ease the clinical signs of these viruses. While it is typically safe for humans to take this, it is not recommended that dogs take it. No one wants to see their dog sick, but there are other remedies to help treat the illness and get them back to their usual, happy selves.



Why Shouldn’t Dogs Take Mucinex?


Rule #1: Consult your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline® first if you have any questions concerning medications for your dog and whether you should administer them or not. A professional opinion is the best path you can take for not only your dog but for your wallet as well!


For your dog’s well-being it is always so important to carefully read the ingredients label of all products. There are several types of Mucinex products, and they each contain different active ingredients. Many of the multi-symptom Mucinex products contain Tylenol’s active ingredients and other drugs that are toxic to your dog.


It is best to avoid a combination of Mucinex products for your dog’s health. Going to a veterinarian’s appointment to get the right treatment for your dog is key, whether that treatment is an antibiotic or a natural at-home remedy.



What Could Happen to My Dog If I Give Them Mucinex?


Different formulas of Mucinex can give your dog different side effects.


Typical side effects include: dizziness, lethargy, nausea, and vomiting.


Additional side effects include allergic reactions such as a rash or swelling of the throat, face, and/or tongue.


If any of this occurs, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline® immediately.


As always, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline® at (855)-764-7661 before taking any further action for treatment to keep your pet safe and healthy.