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Megestrol is a synthetic chemical to progesterone, the female hormone. Megestrol is commonly used in cats and dogs.
WHAT THIS PRODUCT CURES
Megestrol is used to postpone the heat cycle and end false pregnancy.
Heat is the common term used for a female which is in her cycle of breeding. Canines and felines are seasonally polyestrous. The term seasonally polyestrous indicates that the mammal will repeat the cycle of heat over one year unless bred. Four stages make up the heat cycle of a dog; Proestrus, Estrus, Diestrus, and Anestrous. Proestrus is the first stage of the heat cycle, lasting for approximately 4-20 days. During this stage the female is not susceptible to a male but will display a swollen vulva, a discharge will appear, and male dogs will begin taking notice of the female. Estrus is the stage in which the female is fertile and will except a male, usually lasting from 5-14 days. Diestrus is the stage in which the female is no longer fertile, lasting 60-90 days the female will still attract males. The last stage is Anestrous, lasting 60-90 days the female will return to her normal state.
The heat cycle of the feline is similar to the canine, yet is much shorter. There are four stages in the heat cycle of a cat; Proestrus, Estrus, Diestrus, and Anestrous. Proestrus is the first stage of the heat cycle, lasting for approximately 1-2 days. During this stage the female is not susceptible to a male but will display a swollen vulva, a discharge will appear, and male cats will begin taking notice of the female. Estrus is the stage in which the female is fertile and will except a male, usually lasting from 4-6 days. In the estrus stage the female cat will develop an unusual behavior. She may vocalize throughout the day, crouch to the ground, or rub up against objects. Diestrus is the stage in which the female is no longer fertile, lasting 7-14 days the female will still attract males. The last stage is Anestrous, lasting 90 days the female will return to her normal state.
The heat cycles will continue to cycle around the year unless spaying or conception occurs. In a female cat which has mated, the cycle will end after Diestrus and kittens will be birthed approximately 63 days after conception. In a female dog which has mated, the cycle will end after Diestrus and puppies with be birthed approximately 63 days after conception.
A female feline of canine which is in estrous will have an engorged valve and display estrous behavior. She may vocalize throughout the day, crouch to the ground, or rub up against objects.
PETS WITH ALIMENTS
RELATIVE INFO ON BREED MOST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AILMENT
All intact female breeds of cats and dogs will display these ailments.
QUESTIONS FOR MY VET
1.What steps should I take if my pet has adverse effects from product?
Discontinue use and contact your veterinarian immediately.
2. What reasons do pet owners have for postponing the heat cycle?
Avoiding attraction of males.
To avoid ovulation on a scheduled day of spaying the female.
To regulate the breeding cycle of the female.
3. What are the possible side effects which could appear in my animal?
Increased heart rate, sweating, or abdominal discomfort. These side effects are temporary and will subside within an hour.
4. How soon will Lutalyse take effect?
Dependant of the use of this product, owners should be able to see change within an hour.
PET: Do not administer product to pregnant females.
HUMANS: Women of childbearing age and persons with respiratory problems should take extreme caution while handling this medication.
If on skin or clothing: Remove the contaminated clothing immediately and begin washing the skin for 20 minutes. Continue to cleanse the skin with soap and water as you seek advice from a medical professional.
Storage and disposal
Storage: Store Megestrol at the temperature of the room, away from moisture.
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
Ovaban (Schering-Plough) is the brand name of Megestrol. Brand and generic brands of product work in the same way to regulate the female heat cycle.
How it Works
Megestrol is a female hormone which controls the heat cycle of the female and treat symptoms of false pregnancies.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Cats and Dogs:
Administer tablet before or during heat cycle.
Allow pet to consume large amounts of water after taking the pill.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs: All weights Dose and duration of treatments lies dependent of the estrous stage therapy has begun. To treat a false pregnancy, veterinary prescribed dose is 1mg/lb daily for 8 days.
Active Ingredients (per tablet) Amount
Megestrol 20 mg
Acacia Spray Dried, Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Corn Starch, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate Powder, Lactose Hydrous Impalpable, Magnesium Stearate, and Pregelatinized Starch.
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