Metoclopramide For Dogs Digestive Pill
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Read this article to learn about metoclopramide for dogs, including the recommended dosage, safety guidelines, uses of the drug and side effects.
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Metoclopramide, the active ingredient of “Reglan” is a medicine which increases the speed at which food passes through the upper digestive tract. It is effective at controlling nausea with two actions, firstly through the regulation of stomach motility and secondly through direct action on the brain. Aside from nausea control, the actions of metoclopramide also make it an option for acid reflux relief.
Metoclopramide dosage for dogs
Speak to the vet about specific dosage information before administering metoclopramide to your dog. The typical dosage of this drug when given to dogs is 0.1 to 0.2 mg/lb body weight to be administered every 8 hours (3 times a day). This can change depending on the severity of your dog’s condition and other factors.
Is metoclopramide safe for dogs?
Metoclopramide is safe for use in dogs when given under the recommendations of a vet. There are several other drugs and substances which may interact with metoclopramide, and dogs with certain existing medical conditions may not be suitable for treatment. It is not yet FDA approved but is still commonly prescribed by vets.
- Avoid use in dogs with digestive tract obstructions or perforations
- Avoid administering if your dog is taking MAOI type substances or drugs
- Notify the vet of all medications, supplements and substances your dog is taking
- Notify the vet of any medical conditions your dog suffers from especially kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and seizures
- Notify the vet if your dog has recently undergone stomach surgery
Use this medicine exactly as outlined by your vet. If metoclopramide is not suitable for your dog you may want to ask your vet about Cerenia for dogs, another drug effective in the control of nausea. You should notify the vet if your dog is pregnant or lactating prior to use. Dogs with a history of seizures, for example, pets with epilepsy, may suffer fits and convulsions as a result of taking this medication.
Uses of metoclopramide for dogs
Metoclopramide is most often given to dogs for the control of:
- Acid reflux
For effective control of acid reflux alone, you may want to try famotidine for dogs.
Side effects of metoclopramide when administered to dogs
Side effects of metoclopramide includes drowsiness, behavioral changes, hyperactivity, diarrhea, constipation and stomach pain. Dogs prone to seizures may experience fits.
If your dog suffers any unforeseen or serious side effects including an allergic reaction stop administering the drug and seek emergency veterinary attention.