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Cimetidine is classified within a drug regimen of blocking agents of H2 also known as the chemical histamine, used in both cats and dogs.
WHAT THIS PRODUCT CURES
Cimetidine is prescribed to patients diagnosed with internal ulcerations of the stomach.
The stomach contains natural acidic bile fluids used to digest food. In some incidences the acidity can become too great causing irritation to the esophagus due to failed epiglottis closure, ulcerations, indigestion, or adverse reactions to particular medications. Medications are administered orally to pets in order to neutralize the acids, providing relief of the acidic formations. Ulcers form within the stomach due to the natural protective lining breaking down over time. Once the natural lining has been broke down, the acids begin eating away at the stomach lining, causing red opened wounds called ulcers.
A canine with gastrointestinal ulcers will display symptoms such as weight loss, anemia, vomiting with presence of blood, abdominal pain, elevated heart rate, weakness, and melena. The most common cause of such a condition occurs due to a toxic agent being introduced into the system. An ingestion of a household poison such as a chemical product or rat poison as well as plant taxation such as sago palm could cause ulcers to form. Dog owners can also give their dogs ulcers by administering pain medications. As in humans, some pain medications such as Ibuprofen can cause ulceration in the intestines or stomach. Less common causes of ulcers includes; an exceeded amount of exercise, a reaction to a drug, an over amount of acids in the stomach, tumors, infection, or organ failure.
A healthy pet requires attentive care and dedication from his/her handler. Pet handlers should be aware of the aliments related to stomach ulcers include; weight loss, anemia, vomiting with presence of blood, abdominal pain, elevated heart rate, weakness, and melena.
PETS WITH ALIMENTS
RELATIVE INFO ON BREED MOST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AILMENT
Stomach ulcers are common in the dog breed the Labrador retriever. The Labrador retriever is a large dog breed, medium length hair, and commonly black or brown. Stomach ulcers are common in this breed due to their desire to eat unusual elements.
QUESTIONS FOR MY VET
1.What steps should I take if my pet has adverse effects from product?
Pet owners should stop medication administration and contact a veterinary medical professional immediately if any adverse reactions appear.
2. Can other medications be taken with this product?
No, once you have given Cimetidine other medications will no longer be able to become absorbed.
3. What medications interact with this product?
Counter reactions with drugs which could be noted by a pet owner while taking Cimetidine include; Digoxin, Sucralfate, Metoclopramide, Antacids, Itraconzole, and Ketoconazole.
4. What happens if I miss a dose?
Administer dose as soon as you remember, however do not give two doses in one day.
5. What happens if I over dose my pet?
Over dose reactions are rare. In case of accidental over dose seek emergency attention.
6. What medical conditions may affect this medication?
Inform your veterinarian about any health problems of your pet including kidney, liver, or heart disease.
Keep out of reach from children.
Not intended for human use.
Pets: Pregnant females or those which are feeding young should not be administered Cimetidine as studies have not been conducted on these individuals.
Humans: This product is labeled for use in animals only. Contact poison control immediately if ingestion is suspected. Do not induce vomiting unless directed by poison control personnel.
PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL HAZARDS:
If Swallowed: Immediately contact a poison control center to be instructed of the situation. Offer water to affected person if said person is in a state of consciousness. Do not encourage the individual to vomit unless instructed by a medical physician.
Storage & Disposal
Storage: Cimetidine should be stored away from heat and light, in a cool, dry location.
Disposal: Dispose un-used or empty containers as directed on the label. Never re-use containers and always recycle or dispose. If you have any questions, contact your local medical waste agency for directions or contact 1-800-CLEANUP for additional information.
BRAND VS GENERIC COMPARISON
Cimetidine can be identified by its brand name Tagamet. Cimetidine is not regulated by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) but it is labeled for use in veterinary medical practices to use in both canines and felines. Cimetidine can be purchased via a veterinary prescription or over the counter. This medication is available in injectable, liquid, and tablet forms to coincide with the fluctuation weight of the patient and for handler convenience.
How it Works
Cimetidine inhibits the production of histamine which is a common chemical released in allergenic condition, which may sound inappropriate for stomach ulcerations. Histamines in general cause swelling and inflammation no matter the location in the body, so by blocking this chemical the acidity within the stomach will neutralize.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Dogs and cats:
Administered by mouth.
Open the pet’s mouth by placed thumb and index finger at the hinges of the jaw, gently squeeze.
Place the pill into the pet’s mouth past the tongue, hold the mouth closed to ensure swallow.
Pets do not enjoy taking pills therefore administration attempts may take practice. This product maybe given within a food or pill pocket to ease the administration of said pill. Pet must take full tablet for full effect. Partially swallowed, spit up, or chewed up pills should be noted.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION:
The usual dose in dogs and cats is 0.25 to 1 mg per pound, every 8 to 12 hours.
Inactive ingredients consist of cellulose, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Blue No. 2, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 6, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, iron oxides, magnesium stearate, povidone, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium starch glycolate, starch, titanium dioxide and trace amounts of other inactive ingredients.
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