Pancreatic enzymes are used in dogs and cats for the treatment of pancreatic insufficiency disorder (PID) or maldigestion syndrome. The powder or tablets are given with each meal.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- A collection of secretions (enzymes) from the pancreas (usually pork) that are given to pets whose pancreas has stopped functioning. These enzymes are needed to help digest fat, protein and carbohydrates.
- Pancreatic enzymes are given by mouth
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To treat Pancreatic Insufficiency Disorder (PID)
- To help your pet gain weight lost due to PID
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT?
- Pets allergic to pork
- If your pet has had an allergic reaction to pancreatic enzymes or like products before
Read and follow the label carefully.
Give the exact amount prescribed. It is given with each meal and is usually given for the life of the pet.
Powder: Mix the prescribed dose in your pet's food. If feeding dry food, moisten the food with warm water and then add the enzymes. Allow this mixture to stand 15-20 minutes before feeding your pet.
Tablets should be given with each meal.
Feeding several small meals a day is usually found to be most helpful.
As your pet's diarrhea improves, your veterinarian may decrease the dose to the least amount that prevents diarrhea and allows your pet to gain weight.
Call ahead for refills.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can, regardless of feeding status. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Store in a tight, light resistant, childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Inhalation of the powder can be irritating to both human and animal lungs and throats and may cause an asthma attack. Do not inhale this powder nor allow your pet to inhale the powder.
Powder will burn or irritate skin on contact. Wash your skin or your pet's skin immediately upon contact. Wash your hands after handling this product.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- If any of the following side effects occur, contact your veterinarian immediately: hives, difficult breathing, swelling (lips, tongue or face)
- May cause mouth irritation if it hasn't been mixed well with moistened food and allowed to stand
- High doses may cause nausea, cramping, diarrhea or vomiting
- If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS PRODUCT BE GIVEN WITH OTHER PRODUCTS/DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur with antacids, H2 blockers, proton pump inhibitors, vitamins or supplements.
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if pet eats more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When will your pet need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
Tell your veterinarian about:
- If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies 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 medicines can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant or nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed products/medicines, pancreatic enzymes should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed. It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about pancreatic enzymes. If you have any questions or concerns about pancreatic enzymes or the condition it was prescribed for, contact your veterinarian.