Veterinary Drug Handbook (VDH) is the reference veterinarians turn to when they want an independent source of information on the drugs that are used in veterinary medicine today.



a) Pepto-Bismol: 1 ml/kg PO initially, then decrease dosage (Jergens 1995)
b) Pepto-Bismol: 2 ml/kg PO tid-qid (Chiapella 1988)
c) Pepto-Bismol: 0.25 ml/kg PO qid
Corrective Mixture w/Paregoric: 0.25 ml/kg initially, then 0.125 ml/kg PO qid (DeNovo 1988)


a) For calves: 60 ml bid-qid for two days (Label Directions - Corrective Mixture® (Beecham))
b) 2 - 3 ounces PO 2-4 times a day (Braun 1986)


For diarrhea:
a) For foals: 0.5 ml per kg PO q4-6h, response usually within 48 hours. After diarrhea resolves, taper off drug. (Wilson 1987)
b) For foals or adults: 1 ounce per 8 kg of body weight PO tid-qid (Clark and Becht 1987)
c) For foals: 3 - 4 oz. PO q6-8h (Martens and Scrutchfield 1982)
d) For foals: 60 ml bid-qid for two days (Label Directions - Corrective Mixture® (Beecham))


For diarrhea in baby pigs:
a) 2 - 5 ml PO bid-qid for 2 days (Label Directions - Corrective Mixture® (Beecham))
Monitoring Parameters -
  • 1) Clinical efficacy
  • 2) Fluid & electrolyte status in severe diarrhea
    Client Information - Shake well before using. If diarrhea persists, contact veterinarian. Maychange 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.
    Dosage Forms/Preparations/FDA Approval Status/Withholding Times - Veterinary-Approved Products:
    Corrective Suspension® (Phoenix): Bismuth subsalicylate 17.5 mg/ml. Available in gallons.;(OTC) Labeled for use in cattle, horses, calves, folas, dogs and cats.

    Human-Approved Products:

    Bismuth Subsalicylate Suspension 262 mg/15 ml & 524 mg/15 ml in 120 ml, 240 ml, 360 ml bottles.; Pepto-Bismol® (Procter & Gamble); Bismatrol Extra Strength® (Major); Pepto-Bismol Extra Strength® (Procter & Gamble); Generic (OTC)
    Bismuth Subsalicylate Tablets & Caplets (Chewable) 262 mg;Pepto-Bismol® (Procter & Gamble); (OTC);Bismatrol® (Major); (OTC)