Assistance with dog lactation and nursing healthy puppies

Drugs & Medications for a Lactating Bitch

Here is a list of products that are safe or not safe for lactating bitches.  Avoid using most medications in pregnant and lactating (nursing) dogs.  Unless it is needed to save the life of the bitch, any drug may potentally harm fetuses. Always consult with your veterinarian before administering any drug or supplement to a pregnant or nursing dog.

This list is partial and should not replace good veterinary advice. Please note that many epileptic drugs are not safe - which begs the question as to why you would be breeding this dog anyway?

Drug May Be Used Do Not Use Safety Studies in Dogs Not Available; Consult Your Veterinarian
Acemannan    check  
Acepromazine   check  
Acetylcysteine Use as an antidote, only.    
Activated Charcoal check    
Albuterol   check  
Allopurinol   check  
Amikacin   check  
Aminopenicillins (Amoxicillin, Ampicillin)     check
Aminopentamide (Centrine)     check
Amitraz (Mitaban, Preventic Collars)   check  
Amitriptyline (Elavil)   check  
Antacids (Maalox, Milk of Magnesia)   check  
Artificial Tears check    
Aspirin   check  
Atropine Eye Medication check    
Azathioprine (Imuran)   check  
Bismuth Subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol)   check  
Buspirone (Buspar)   check  
Butorphanol (Torbutrol, Torbugesic)   check  
Carprofen (Rimadyl)   check  
Cephalosporins (Keflex, Cefa-drops)     check
Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)   check  
Cimetidine (Tagamet)   check  
Cisapride (Propulsid)   check  
Clemastine (Tavist 1)   check  
Clindamycin (Antirobe)     Use with caution.
Clomipramine (Clomicalm, Anafranil)   check  
Cyclosporin (Optimmune)     check
Cyproheptadine   check  
Dextromethorphan   check  
Diazepam (Valium)   check  
Digoxin (Cardoxin)     Give only if clearly needed.
Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine)   check  
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)   check  
DMSO (Synotic)   check  
DOCP   check  
Enalapril (Enacard, Vasotec)   check  
Enrofloxacin (Baytril)   check  
Epsiprantel (Cestex)   check  
Erythromycin   check  
Erythropoietin (EPO, Epogen)   check  
Estrogens (ECP, DES)   check  
Etodolac (EtoGesic)   check  
Extended Spectrum Penicillins (Carbenicillin)   check  
Famotidine (Pepcid)   check  
Fenbendazole (Panacur) check    
Fentanyl   check  

Fipronil (Frontline)

  Frontline Plus

  Frontline Top Spot

  Frontline Spray




Fludrocortisone (Florinef)   check  
Fluoxetine (Prozac)   check  
Furosemide (Lasix)   check  
Gentamicin (Gentocin)   check  
Glucocorticosteroids (Prednisone, Dexamethasone, Hydrocortisone)   check  
Glycosaminoglycans (Glucosamine, Chondroitin)     check
Griseofulvin (Fulvicin)   check  
Hydroxyzine (Atarax)   check  
Imidacloprid (Advantage)   check  
Insulin check   Note: Diabetic dogs should not be bred.
Itraconazole (Sporanox)   check  
Ivermectin (Heartgard) check    
Kanamycin (Amforal, Kantrim)   check  
Kaolin (Kaopectate, Canine Pectate)
**See Note Below
Loperamide (Immodium)   check  
Lufenuron (Program) check    
Mannitol   check  
Marbofloxacin (Zeniquin)   check  
Mebendazole (Telmintic)   check  
Meclofenamic Acid (Arquel)   check  
Melarsomine (Immiticide)   check  
Methimazole (Tapazole)   check  
Methionine (Methigel, Methio-Form)   check  
Metoclopramide (Reglan)     check
Metronidazole (Flagyl)   check  
Mibolerone (Cheque Drops)   check  
Milbemycin (Interceptor, Sentinel) check    
Misoprostol (Cytotec)   check  
Mitotane (o,p-DDD, Lysodren)   check  
Natural Penicillins (Penicillin G, Crystiben, Penicillin V)   check  
Neomycin   check  
Novobiocin (Albaplex)   check  
Omeprazole (Prilosec)   check  
Orbifloxacin (Orbax)   check  
Oxytocin (Pitocin) At delivery.    
Pancreatic Enzymes (Pancrezyme, Viokase-K) check    
Penicillinase Resistant Penicillins (Cloxacillin)   check  
Pentobarbital   check  
Permethrin (Bio Spot-Spot On for Dogs, K9 Advantix)     check
Phenobarbital   check  
Phenylbutazone   check  
Phenylpropanolamine (Dexatrim)   check  
Phenytoin (Dilantin)   check  
Phytonadione (Vitamin K)   check  
Piperazine (Happy Jack Kennel Wormer, Purina Liquid Wormer, Sergeants Worm Away, Pipa Tabs, Piper Worm Wormer) Other wormers are preferred.    
Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan (Adequan)   check  
Potassium Depends on type & reason for use.    
Potassium Bromide   check  
Potentiated Penicillins (Clavamox, Augmentin)   check  
Praziquantel (Droncit, Drontal, Tradewinds Tapeworm Tabs)   check  
Primidone   check  
Progestins (Megestrol acetate, Ovaban)   check  
Psyllium (Metamucil, Vetasyl) check    
Pyrantel Pamoate (ProWormer-2, Nemex) Do not use wormers with additional ingredients.    
Ranitidine (Zantac)   check  
Rotenone (Goodwinol Ointment) check   Caution: Do not use on puppies, or expose puppies to this medication.
Selamectin (Revolution) check    
Selegiline (Anipryl)   check  
Sucralfate     check
Sulfadimethoxine (Albon, Bactrovet)   check  
Sulfadimethoxine & Ormetroprim (Primor)   check  
Terbutaline   check  
Tetracyclines (Doxycycline, Oxytetracycline)   check  
Theophylline (Theo-Dur)   check  
Thiacetarsamide (Caparsolate)     Use with caution.
Thyroxine (Synthroid, Soloxine) check   Note: Hypothyroid dogs should not be bred.
Trimeprazine (Temaril-P)   check  
Trimethoprim & Sulfadiazine (Tribrissen)   check  

**CAUTION: Some Kaopectate includes bismuth salicylate as an ingredient. Dogs that may have an allergy to aspirin, or are taking aspirin, steroids, or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Rimadyl, EtoGesic, or Deramaxx should not be given the formulation with bismuth salicylate unless directed by a veterinarian.

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