Pancrezyme Powder For Dogs and Cats
Pets with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) cannot produce the enzymes necessary for proper digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates....
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Pets with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) cannot produce the enzymes necessary for proper digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Veterinarians prescribe Pancrezyme powder to supplement dogs and cats suffering from EPI with these necessary enzymes.
What is Pancrezyme powder? Pancrezyme powder is made from whole raw porcine (pig) pancreas. This powder supplements dogs and cats suffering from exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) with the essential enzymes to efficiently digest proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
What results can I expect?
Who is it for:
- Digestion should improve.
- Symptoms of EPI such as diarrhea and weight loss should improve but this may take some time.
- Your pet should feel better.
- Administration is for your pet’s lifetime. Reoccurrence of your pet’s symptoms is likely if medication is discontinued.
Pancrezyme powder is labeled for dogs and cats.How is it given?
- Powder is administered on your pet’s food and is given orally (by mouth).
- Your veterinarian will determine the exact directions for your dog or cat so follow his/her instructions.
- Powder should be mixed with your pet’s food.
- Add a small amount of water to the mixture if you give your pet dry food.
- The mixture needs to sit for 15-20 minutes before you give it to your pet.
- Small, more frequent meals are generally recommended if your pet takes Pancrezyme.
- Give this medication long-term in order to effectively manage your pet’s problem.
How does it work? Pancrezyme powder effectively replaces the enzymes necessary for proper digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in dogs and cats that cannot produce these enzymes on their own.
What form(s) does it come in? Powder can be purchased in 8 oz and 12 oz sizes. The manufacturer also makes Pancrezyme in a tablet.
Generic Name: Pancreatic enzymes, pancrelipase (Common Drug Name)
Common Brand Name: Pancrezyme (Virbac)
Dose and Administration: Exact dosing and frequency of administration will be determined by your veterinarian based on your pet’s weight and the severity of his/her problems. Pancrezyme powder should be given with food. Moistening your pet’s food is also helpful. The powder is mixed with the food. Let the food/powder mixture stand for 15-20 minutes before offering it to your pet. Small, frequent meals may be recommended by your veterinarian for the best results. If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember but never double dose. Always follow your veterinarian’s instructions. Pancrezyme needs to be given indefinitely for your pet’s lifetime. Discontinuing this medication can cause your dog or cat’s problems to reoccur.
Uses: Pancrezyme powder is used to supplement dogs and cats suffering from exocrine pancreatic insufficiency with the necessary enzymes to properly digest and absorb proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Pets suffering from exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) cannot produce these enzymes on their own.
Storage: Store Pancrezyme powder at room temperature away from light. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
Possible Side Effects: Pancrezyme is usually safe. Diarrhea, cramping, or vomiting can occur especially at high doses. Your pet’s mouth may be irritated if the powder is not mixed well with moistened food and allowed to stand. Signs of an allergic reaction include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If your pet displays any unusual symptoms while taking Pancrezyme powder, contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Powder is an easy and convenient way to supply necessary digestive enzymes.
- Helps dogs and cats with EPI and related disorders digest important proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
- Can effectively manage your pet’s EPI symptoms.
Precautions: Pancrezyme powder should not be used in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to pork products. Pet owners should try not to inhale the powder because it can irritate his/her mouth.
Drug and Food Interactions: Tell your veterinarian about any vitamins, supplements, or medications your pet is taking before starting Pancrezyme powder because some interactions may occur. Antacids such as Maalox, H2 blockers such as cimetidine and famotidine, and proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec may interfere with Pancrezyme so check with your veterinarian regarding the risks and benefits of taking these medications with Pancrezyme powder.
A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Pancrezyme powder.