Imodium is a medicine that veterinarians may recommend to cats to treat diarrhea. It is one of the brand names for the generic loperamide and works by helping to slow bowel movements while increasing targeted muscle tone. The drug is available in liquid, capsule, and tablet forms.
If your vet prescribes the medication for your cat, make sure that follow their instructions carefully when it comes to the safe and correct dosage.
Here’s what you should know about Imodium for cats uses, dosage, and side effects.
Uses of Imodium for cats
Imodium for cats generally treats diarrhea. It works by slowing down the frequency and speed of bowel movements. The drug also helps prevent food from getting through the intestines too quickly.
It is important to consult your veterinarian before giving this medication to your cat. This is because in cases where an infection or an ingested toxin is the cause of diarrhea, Imodium can work in reverse to remove the cause of the diarrhea from the cat’s body.
Dosage of Imodium for cats
Your veterinarian will need to decide how much Imodium your cat should take. Your recommendation will take into account factors such as the severity of the diarrhea and the age and size of your kitten. Don’t give the medication to your cat without talking to your veterinarian.
When using the liquid form of the drug, you can sometimes give more accurate doses. It is sometimes recommended that cats weighing less than seven pounds be given a dose of half a milligram of Imodium per day; for cats weighing more than seven pounds, a full milligram of Imodium can be used.
If your veterinarian prescribes this medication, it is important that your cat completely completes the recommended course and that you stick to the exact dosage.
Side effects of Imodium for cats
Side effects in cats taking Imodium may include drowsiness, gas, or constipation. If you notice your cat developing any of these side effects, especially constipation, contact your veterinarian right away as you may need to stop taking the drug.
As always, if you experience an allergic reaction while giving this medicine to your cat, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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