Pancrezyme Pet Medication
- Dog or Cat
- Availability: Prescription
- Active Ingredient(s):
- What is Pancrezyme used for?
This medication consists of enzymes naturally produced by the pancreas necessary for the digestion of food. It is used as a digestive aid and as replacement therapy for inadequate digestion due to pancreatic insufficiency. It is derived from whole, raw pancreas, of pork origin.
- How Pancrezyme should be used?
The usual dose of pancreatic enzymes in dogs is 3/4-1 teaspoonful of the powder mixed with each meal. It is recommended to allow the mixture to stand for 15-20 minutes before feeding it to the animal. If using tablets give 2-3 tablets with each meal. For cats, the usual dose is 1/4-3/4 teaspoonful of the powder mixed with each meal. It is recommended to allow the mixture to stand for 15-20 minutes before feeding it to the animal. If using tablets give 1/2-1 tablet with each meal. Each teaspoon contains 2.8 grams of powder.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects of pancreatic enzyme, especially at higher doses, include diarrhea, excess fat in the feces, increased appetite, and weight loss.
- What special precautions are there?
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it or pork protein. Avoid inhaling the powder as it may irritate the mouth. Use with caution when giving with antacids, H2 blockers such as cimetidine or proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec. 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.
- How should I store Pancrezyme?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store tablets and powder 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 Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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 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.