Azathioprine For Dogs Immunosuppressant

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Read on for details about the use of azathioprine for dogs, the dosage for dogs, safety guidelines, side effects and more.

Azathioprine (also known as “Imuran”) is an immunosuppressant for dogs which is used to treat a large number of diseases. It works by suppressing cells in the dog’s body responsible for producing antibodies. Treatment with azathioprine is typically longer term, and effects may not become apparent for as long as 6 weeks. Azathioprine is a prescription only medicine, and you will need to see your vet prior to use.

Azothioprine dosage for dogs

The dosage of Azathioprine for dogs is highly dependent on the condition being treated, and so you will need to seek professional guidance from your vet. Typical doses of this medication for canine use ranges between 0.5 to 1 mg/lb body weight administered once a day (24 hour intervals). This medicine usually comes in the form of 50 mg tablets scored down the middle for easy splitting.

Important: Azothiprine may be absorbed through the skin which means you must wear rubber gloves when handling this substance.

Is azathioprine safe for dogs?

Azathioprine is not yet FDA approved for use in dogs, but many vets around the world prescribe it and it is very safe when used under professional guidance. Please see the information below about safety guidelines for this drug.

Safety precautions

  • Don’t administer azathioprine without a prescription
  • Anticipate your dog becoming more susceptible to illness during treatment
  • Notify the vet of all medical conditions your dog suffers with
  • Notify the vet of all other medicine/supplements your pet is on
  • Notify the vet if your dog is pregnant, lactating or breeding
  • Do not stop treatment suddenly, azathioprine should be tapered
  • Wear rubber gloves when handling azathioprine and wash your hands after use

Azathioprine may be absorbed through the skin, so pregnant pet owners will need to be very careful when handling the medicine. Azathioprine may be unsuitable for pets with liver/pancreas disease.

Uses of azathioprine for dogs

Azathioprine has many uses, and may be prescribed to treat:

  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Certain liver, kidney and stomach conditions
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Immune related arthritis and skin disorders

Side effects of azathioprine when administered to dogs

Because this medicine suppresses bone marrow, your dog may experience side effects such as anemia, fatigue, weakness, easy bruising/bleeding, an increased frequency of infection, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, rashes and issues with the pancreas.

If your pet has a serious reaction to the medication, you should seek emergency veterinary care.

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