Equine Docusate sodium
This product is used to assist with softening feces and as a laxative. It is commonly available as a solution.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- This product assists with hydration of feces and is commonly used as a laxative
- This product is given by mouth
REASONS FOR USING:
- To soften hard feces and assist with constipation
- To soften feces when there is an underlying condition that may result in pain during defecation
Docusate sodium should be given according to your veterinarian’s recommendations.
Give the exact amount recommended and only as often as directed. The amount recommended and frequency of administration is often dependent upon the clinical response and initial reason for use.
Follow label directions regarding appropriate dilution of products. Solutions are commonly diluted and administered by a nasogastric tube. If you are unsure how your horse will react to oral administration of a medication, request assistance or demonstration by your veterinarian.
Your horse may require routine monitoring of hydration and electrolyte status.
Ensure that fresh water is available at all times.
Ideally, give this product at the same time(s) daily.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. 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:
Docusate sodium should be stored in a 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.
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
- This product may cause cramping and diarrhea
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS PRODUCT BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Overdoses in horses can be serious due to dehydration, intestinal damage, and even death. Contact your veterinarian immediately if pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS MEDICATION?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- The importance of good management and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this product
- When your horse may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this product
- If your horse has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your horse has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your horse or plan to give your horse, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your horse’s medications can be given together.
- If your mare is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your horse's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
This product may not be recommended for horses intended for human consumption.
Check with the appropriate regulatory body regarding the use in competition horses.
This is just a summary of information about Docusate sodium. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was recommended, please contact your veterinarian.