Critical care liquid diets
TRADE NAMES:CliniCare Canine/Feline Liquid Diet
Formula V EnteralCare KC Canine
Formula V EnteralCare KC Feline
Rebound Liquid Diet
Pets with a medical condition or injury that prevents them from consuming adequate levels of nutrition require early intervention. Meeting the appropriate nutritional needs of a pet with an illness is an important component for supporting their return to health. A complete and balanced liquid diet can provide supportive nutrition to those pets that need assistance with their recovery. Pending your pet’s medical and nutritional needs, your veterinarian can develop a nutrition plan, determine the amount of daily calories your pet requires, and recommend an appropriate diet. These product are given by mouth or can be easily administered through a feeding tube.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- A high calorie complete and balanced liquid diet
REASONS FOR USING:
- Critical care liquid diets are high in calories and can meet the nutritional requirements for critically ill or injured pets
- Often used for animals that require supporting feeding in hospital or at home
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT?
- Pets with a known hypersensitivity to these products
- Pets that have had an earlier allergic reaction to a similar product
Critical care liquid diets should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions.
Most products can be given directly by mouth, from a syringe, licked off a spoon, placed in a dish, or mixed into the food.
Read and follow the product label carefully. Most products require vigorous shaking prior to opening the container. Most products do not require further mixing or dilution. Avoid contamination of unused portions when preparing your pet’s meal. If feeding free-choice to your pet, discard and replace within 4 hours. Follow your veterinarian's recommendations regarding daily volume or caloric requirements for your pet. Often, you can adjust the feeding volume and frequency of meals pending your pet’s condition and tolerance. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the right product for your pet.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a feeding is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next feeding, try to adjust volume accordingly and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two full feeding volumes at the same time without consulting your veterinarian.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Unopened Critical care liquid diets should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Once opened, unused portions need to be covered and refrigerated.
Check with product label, some products need to be discarded within 72 hours while others are are best used within 7-14 days.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- This product is usually well tolerated and adverse reactions are uncommon at recommended doses
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Do not give new food, supplements, or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the recommended amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- The nutritional requirements for your pet
- If your pet has a feeding tube in place, ensure that you are comfortable with regular maintenance and care if appropriate
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this supplement
- When your pet may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this supplement
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your pet’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all supplements, it should only be given to the pet for which it was recommended.
This is just a summary of information about Critical care liquid diets. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was recommended, please contact your veterinarian.