Digoxin Pet Medication
- Dog or Cat
- Availability: Prescription
- Active Ingredient(s):
- What is Digoxin used for?
Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside used to treat various types of heart disease. The effect of digoxin is to slow the heart rate and increase heart muscle contraction.
- How Digoxin should be used?
The usual dose of digoxin in dogs is 0.0025-0.005mg/pound every 12 hours. The usual dose in cats is 0.0015-0.002mg/pound every 12 hours. Digoxin should be given on an empty stomach. CAUTION The usual dose of digoxin in dogs is 0.0025-0.005mg/pound every 12 hours. The usual dose in cats is 0.0015-0.002mg/pound every 12 hours. Digoxin should be given on an empty stomach. CAUTION: the elixir is available in two strengths; 0.05mg/ml and 0.15mg/ml.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects of digoxin in dogs and cats may include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, incoordination, depression and abnormal heart rhythms.
- What special precautions are there?
This medication has a very narrow therapeutic range. The dosage should not be adjusted without consulting the veterinarian since serious side effects or death could occur. The medication should be used with caution in animals with digitalis overdose, kidney disease, ventricular fibrillation, and other heart or lung disorders. Use caution when giving to animals with hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, or electrolyte abnormalities. Medications such as antacids, and metoclopramide may decrease the effects of digoxin. Medications such as chemotherapy drugs, diuretics including furosemide or HCTZ, or corticosteroids such as prednisone may increase the risk of digitalis toxicity. Laxatives, quinidine, verapamil, tetracycline and erythromycin may also increase the risk of digitalis toxicity. 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 vomiting, diarrhea, incoordination, weakness, and abnormal heart rhythms.
- How should I store Digoxin?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store medication 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 Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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 medication away from 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.