Lactulose Pet Medication
- Dog or Cat
- Availability: Prescription
- Active Ingredient(s):
- What is Lactulose used for?
Lactulose is a disaccharide sugar composed of galactose and fructose and is used in veterinary medicine to reduce ammonia blood levels in the prevention and treatment of hepatic encephalopathy. It is also used as a laxative.
- How Lactulose should be used?
Lactulose is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs, cats and birds. As a laxative to treat constipation, the usual dose in dogs and cats is 1 ml per 2 lbs of body weight every 8 hours initially, then use when needed.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects of lactulose include symptoms of flatulence, bloated stomach and cramping. Diarrhea and dehydration are symptoms of overdose.
- What special precautions are there?
Lactulose may alter the insulin requirement in diabetic animals. Use lactulose with caution in animals with fluid or electrolyte imbalance. Do not use this product with other laxatives. Oral antacids may reduce the effectiveness of lactulose.
- In the event of overdose?
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include flatulence, diarrhea, cramping and dehydration.
- How should I store Lactulose?
Store this medication at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and should NOT be considered veterinary advice. Any veterinary questions should be referred to your veterinarian. This information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. Please make your own inquiries with your veterinarian for the suitability of a product for your pet.