Ursodiol for dogs suffering with various conditions including liver disease

(redirects here from actigall)

The following page contains information about Actigall (ursodiol) for dogs such as the safe dosage, side effects and uses of the drug.

Ursodiol is the generic name for the active ingredient in Actigall, it is a bile salt naturally produced in the body. The drug works by improving the flow of bile into the gall bladder, and from the gall bladder into the intestines, a mechanism which can prevent dangerous levels of bile from building up. The drug also reduces the amount of cholestrol produced by the liver, which effectively breaks down gallstones and prevents their formation.

Ursodiol dosage for dogs

 
The dosage of ursodiol depends on the condition your dog is suffering from, as well as the severity of symptoms. You should consult your vet for accurate dosage information. Typically the safe dosage ranges from 2.5 mg to 7 mg/lb body weight per day, split into two equal doses.

Is ursodiol safe for dogs?

 
Ursodiol is naturally occurring in the body, so as far as the substance itself goes, it is very safe. When using the ursodiol under the guidance of the vet and monitoring your dog’s reaction to the substance you shouldn’t encounter any serious problems. If you want to try something safer, you might want to check out this natural liver disease cure before resorting to medication.

Safety precautions

  • Do not administer alongside aluminium-containing antacids
  • Notify the vet of any existing medical conditions your dog suffers with
  • Notify the vet of any other medication your dog is taking
  • Administer ursodiol with food to aid absorption into the body

Regular liver tests may be arranged during the time your dog is taking ursodiol to ensure everything is in order, and, in cases where the substance is being used to treat gallstones, ultrasound scans may be necessary. You should always complete the entire course of treatment recommended by your vet, stopping treatment as soon as your dog appears to feel relief from his/her symptoms could result in a relapse. Monitor your dog closely for side effects which may develop as a result of ursodiol use and contact a vet if your dog develops major symptoms such as persistent coughing or severe pain.

Uses of ursodiol for dogs

 
Ursodiol is a naturally occurring bile salt which may be used to treat:

  • Cholestatic liver disease
  • Gallstones
  • Hepatitis

Side effects when giving ursodiol to your pet

 
Possible side effects of giving ursodiol to your dog includes gastric upset (diarrhea, vomiting or constipation) as well as rash, headache and muscle soreness. Symptoms which require immediate veterinary attention includes persistent coughing, severe pain in muscles/joints and severe itching.

Wikipedia page for general information about tue substance ursodiol

ursodiol for dogs