Ursodiol Pet Medication
- Dog or Cat
- Availability: Prescription
- Active Ingredient(s):
- What is Ursodiol used for?
Ursodiol is a bile acid used to treat certain liver and gallbladder diseases in dogs and cats. It may also be used for gallstones that contain cholesterol.
- How Ursodiol should be used?
Ursodiol is not FDA approved for use in animals; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. Give this medication as directed by the veterinarian. Dosages can vary based on the condition and the severity of symptoms. Give this medication with food.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects of ursodiol include diarrhea. Liver toxicity may occur with symptoms of vomiting, depression, or jaundice.
- What special precautions are there?
Ursodiol should not be used in animals allergic to it or other bile acid like drugs. Do not use this product in rabbits, guinea pigs, or other similar animals. Use with caution in animals with pancreatitis, bile duct obstruction, or inflammation of the gallbladder or bile ducts. Do not give this medcation with aluminum containing antacids. Do not give with acetaminophen. The safety of ursodiol in pregnant or lactating animals has not been determined in all animal species. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking.
- In the event of overdose?
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include diarrhea.
- How should I store Ursodiol?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep 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.