Digoxin can be a helpful treatment in pets who suffer from certain types of heart disease.
What is Digoxin?Digoxin is an oral medication that is prescribed by your veterinarian in order to treat certain heart diseases including…
…in cats. Drug and Food Interactions: Clomipramine, amitriptylline, omeprazole, cyclophosamide, theophylline (Theo-Dur), warfarin (Coumadin), digoxin (Lanoxin), and beta blockers such as atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolol (Lopressor), or propranolol (Inderal) may interact with Methimazole and cause…Description
Help your cat suffering from hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) with Methimazole. This medication helps control the condition which should help your cat to find relief from symptoms of thyroid disease so he/she can feel better.
What is Methimazole? A tablet that is given primarily to cats in order to control hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland). It is given orally (by mouth) as directed by your veterinarian. This medication is not a cure for the disease. It will, however, help to control the condition which should help minimize your cats symptoms.
Formulated for: dogs and cats but is used by veterinarians most commonly to treat hyperthyroidism in cats.
What results can I expect? Methimazole should help to decrease your hyperthyroid cats level of thyroid hormone. This should help to reduce your cats hyperthyroid symptoms including vomiting and weight loss. This should help your cat to feel better. It can take 1-4 weeks to see a decrease in the level of thyroid hormone produced by the body. This medication does not cure hyperthyroidism but it should help to control the condition and minimize symptoms. This medication usually needs to be given for your cat's lifetime in order to optimally control the disease.
What Form(s) does Methimazole come in? This medication comes in tablets that are given by mouth (orally).
Generic Name: Methimazole
Common Brand Name: Tapazole
Dose and Administration: This medication is given orally (by mouth). It is commonly given twice daily or every twelve hours although the exact dose and dosing frequency for your pet will be determined by your veterinarian. Always follow your veterinarians precise instructions regarding the use of Methimazole. If you do not understand the directions on the label, ask your veterinarian to explain them to you. The dose may be adjusted based on your pets response to treatment and based on thyroid monitoring. Once your pet starts Methimazole, he/she will likely need to remain on the medication for the rest of his/her life in order to control hyperthyroidism. The goal is to use the lowest amount of medication necessary to control the condition. Methimazole can be given with or without food. Allow free access to water while taking this medication. If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
Uses: Methimazole is primarily used to control hyperthyroidism in cats which is a condition that causes the thyroid gland to produce a higher than normal amount of thyroid hormone. Methimazole helps to treat hyperthyroidism by decreasing the production of thyroid hormone which helps control the condition. Methimazole is less commonly used in dogs to protect the kidneys while receiving cisplatin which is an anti-cancer drug.
Possible Side Effects: Side effects usually occur during the first three months of treatment. They may include loss of appetite, vomiting, and lethargy lethargy. These typically occur within the first two weeks of treatment and may eventually stop even with continuation of treatment. Less common side effects are yellowing of the gums, skin, or eyes (jaundice) which may signify liver problems. Itching of the face, scratching, or increased bleeding tendencies may occur. Treatment with may also unmask hidden kidney disease. Myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease that severely weakens muscles and may cause difficulty swallowing, may occur but is rare. Other side effects are also possible.
…veterinarian about any vitamins, supplements, or medications your dog is taking before starting Atopica. Possible interactions can occur with digoxin, etoposide, corticosteroids, amiodarone, androgens (testosterone), antifungals (ketoconazole, itraconazole), erythromycin, calcium channel blockers…Description
Breathe a sigh of relief when your dogs atopic dermatitis (allergy) symptoms are abated with Atopica. Allergic dermatitis is a chronic problem in many dogs that causes discomfort such as itching and gnawing which results in painful skin lesions. Atopica helps relieve symptoms by targeting the immune cells in the body that are responsible for allergic reactions and related skin problems.
What is Atopica? Atopica is an FDA approved capsule that is often prescribed by veterinarians in order to treat atopic dermatitis (allergies) and related symptoms that result from common allergens such dust mites, pollen, and molds. Atopica can also be effective in treating related skin conditions.
Formulated for: dogs that are over 4 lbs. The safe use of Atopica in dogs below 6 months of age has not been established. Atopica is licensed for use in dogs but some veterinarians may prescribe it to cats.
How is this medication given? Ideally, Atopica should be given 1-2 hours before meals and without food. Do not open capsules and do not sprinkle contents on food. Follow the exact directions set forth by your veterinarian. Your dogs dose may be reduced by your veterinarian after several weeks of treatment. Start Atopica 1-2 months before your dogs allergy season if his/her problems are seasonal in nature. Do not remove each capsule from the blister pack until you are ready to use it.
How does this medication work? Atopica fights the underlying cause of skin allergies and related skin conditions by targeting the immune cells involved in an allergic reaction.
What results can I expect? Your dogs allergy symptoms should be reduced which should result in your dog feeling better. His/her skin should start to look less inflamed and he/she should itch less which should result in less skin lesions. You will need to be patient. Results are not immediate and it may take several weeks for you to notice a difference. Results will vary from patient to patient.
What Form(s) does Atopica come in? Atopica is available as a soft capsule in 4 different strengths. Your veterinarian will determine the strength and dose that is right for your dog.
Generic Name: Cyclosporine (Common Drug Name)
Common Brand Name: Atopica (Novartis)
Dose and Administration: Give Atopica exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Your dogs dose may be reduced after several weeks of treatment. Give this medication without food, ideally 1-2 hours before meals. Do not open capsule and do not sprinkle contents on food as there is a bitter taste. Keep capsules in blister pack until you are ready to use them. If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next scheduled dose, skip the dose. Do not double dose. Your veterinarian may recommend blood tests in order to monitor the safety and efficacy of Atopica. Ask your veterinarian what his/her policy is regarding blood monitoring.
Uses: Atopica is used for the treatment of allergic dermatitis (allergies) and related skin conditions in dogs.
Possible Side Effects: Gastrointestinal side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite have been reported. Other less common side effects include muscle cramps, muscle weakness, and change in hair coat. Signs of an allergic reaction include facial swelling, difficulty breathing, hives, scratching, vomiting, diarrhea, and pale gums. Atopica can suppress the immune system at high doses causing your pet to be more susceptible to infection. Other side effects may occur. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet displays any unusual symptoms while taking Atopica.
…medications (NSAIDs).Other medications that can cause problems when given with Onsior include ACE Inhibitors (ex. enalapril, benazepril), aspirin, digoxin, fluconazole, furosemide, and aminoglcysides. If your pet is taking any of these, check with your veterinarian before using Onsior.Description
Keep your pet comfortable during and after surgery or when he/she is suffering from orthopedic pain with Onsior. Onsior is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication(NSAID) that is effective and gentle enough to administer to cats. This medication is the only NSAID that is labeled for cats. It works by staying at the site of inflammation longer than it stays in the bloodstream which makes Onsior a safe and effective option for managing your pets pain and inflammation.
What is Onsior? This is an oral medication (given by mouth). Onsior also comes in an injectable form that can be administered by your veterinarian as necessary.This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication(NSAID). It is used to relieve pain and inflammation associated with surgery. It is also used to treat orthopedic pain. In cats, it is labeled to be used short-term(no more than 3 days). It is a specific typed of NSAID called a COXIB. This type of medication targets the COX-2 enzyme that is specifically responsible for causing pain and inflammation. It is a safer option because it also spares the COX-1 enzyme which protects your pets gastrointestinal tract, kidney, and platelet functions. It is an oral medication that your veterinarian can prescribe for your pet as necessary.
Formulated for: Onsior should not be given to cats weighing less than 2.5 kg, dogs less than 3 months of age, or to cats less than 4 months of age.
How is this medication given? Follow your veterinarians precise instructions regarding the use of this medication. The manufacturer recommends dosing this medication at 1 mg/kg. The dose is generally calculated based on your cats body weight. In cats, one tablet should be given once a day at the same time every day for up to 3 days. Cats weighing between 2.5 and 6 kg should be given 1 tablet daily. Cats weighing between 6 and 12 kg need 2 tablets daily. Your veterinarian will determine that correct dose of Onsior for your cat. This medication can be given to your cat without food or with a small amount of food. Tablets should be given whole. Do not divide, break, or crush tablets.
How does this medication work? The active ingredient in Onsior is robenacoxib. This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory(NSAID) medication that is COX-2 selective and COX-1 sparing. Onsior works by specifically targeting COX-2 enzymes in the body that are responsible for pain and inflammation. The COX-1 enzymes that are present in the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, and that are responsible for platelet function are spared with this type of NSAID. This should decrease the side effects and risks associated with NSAIDs including gastrointestinal bleeding.Onsior is tissue selective so it has the ability to identify and target painful sites in the body that are inflamed. This medication moves rapidly through the bloodstream and stays longer at the points of inflammation that need relief from pain and swelling.
Precautions: Do not use in animals who have ulcers of the GI tract. Do not use Onsior in animals that are sensitive or allergic to robenacoxib. If your pet has ever had sensitivity to other NSAIDs, use this medication cautiously and weigh risks vs. benefits before using this medication on these patients.Use caution when using this medication in animals with impaired function of the heart, kidneys, or liver. If the patient is dehydrated or has low blood volume or blood pressure, this medication may also be risky. If this medication must be used in these patients, additional monitoring and fluid therapy may be necessary. The safety of this medication has not been established in pregnant or lactating dogs or cats. Safety studies have not been conducted in cats weighing less than 2.5 kg or in cats less than 4 months of age.
Storage: Tablets should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Onsior injectable should be refrigerated.