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Liver Disease Ursodiol as one therapeutic option The liver is a multifaceted organ. It is involved in digestion by the metabolism of protein, lipids and carbohydrates; storage of vitamins, minerals and production of bile acid, which is essential for detoxification of many end-products of digestion. It also produces and stores coagulation factors recruited for production of clots resulting in wound healing. This organ protects itself by regenerating his own cells to a certain extend, but can still be at great risk due to its filtering capacity and exposure to many metabolites, products of digestion, drugs, and toxins. This could be leaving temporary or even permanent damage to the cells it harbors.
Cushing’s Disease and Compounded Trilostane Dogs can suffer from endocrine (hormonal) diseases much like people. Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism or HAC) is an endocrine disorder, in which dogs produce too much cortisol hormone. 80% of dogs with Cushing’s disease have the pituitary-dependent form, while the remaining are affected by an adrenal gland tumor. Cushing’s disease affects the multiple functions throughout the dog’s entire body.
CareFirst Pharmacy is proud to bring custom-compounded theophylline in flavored, 4-way FlexDose tablets. If your veterinarian has prescribed theophylline for your pet, we are happy to provide an easy way to get just the right dose. What is Theophylline? Theophylline is a phosphodiesterase inhibitor drug and bronchodilator. It is mainly used in dogs and cats with respiratory diseases. It directly relaxes muscles within the bronchi of the lungs and also in the pulmonary blood vessels. Theophylline can cause stimulation of the respiratory centers in the brain and has a mild diuretic effect, which may make it a helpful drug in managing congestive heart failure (CHF) in certain pets.
Heart medication specifically for dogs may seem unusual, but it is far from uncommon. If your dog suffers from a heart condition, your veterinarian may have prescribed pimobendan. What is pimobendan? Pimobendan is a PDE3 (phosphodiesterase III) inhibitor, which increases cardiac contractility while dilating arterioles. In the simplest terms, it helps to relax blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure and helping the heart to pump blood properly. How can pimobendan help my dog? Pimobendan is a medication that is prescribed for a very specific heart problem: congestive heart failure (CHF) secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). Pimobendan is not currently recommended for dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) or hypertropic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Overall, dogs that take pimobendan tend to have a longer survival time and feel better than dogs with the same condition that do not take pimobendan.
Your Pets are Special and Their Medication Should Be Too Your pet is unique in every way. Most of the time, that uniqueness is in their personality and playfulness – but it can also mean their medical needs. Compounding pharmacies are keenly aware of how medicines can affect animals, and want tohelp meet the healing necessities of your pet with a treatment as unique as they are. Compounding itself has a storied history, and is a trustworthy and safe way to treat pets. Since dogs, cats, and other pets have been gracing us with their love and faithfulness, vets have been using simple, customized compounds to keep pets and pet owners happy.
Next in our blog’s behavior series is a drug called fluoxetine. Most people know of this drug by its trade name “Prozac.® Specialty Care Pharmacy is happy to offer this drug as a generic in the compounded medium you need. Fluoxetine is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) and it works in cats in a similar fashion to humans. While it is an “anti-depressant” in people, it is used to treat a variety of behavioral issues in cats.
Use of Diethylstilbestrol (DES) for therapeutic purposes Urinary incontinence (UI) is defined as the involuntary loss of urine during the filling phase of the bladder . At this time, there are many suspected factors contributing to the problem. Nevertheless, urinary sphincter mechanism incompetence (USMI) after spaying is the most common micturition disorder, and its medical treatment is normally successful. The underlying mechanism is not fully understood. But, we do know that hormonal changes can induce structural and functional alterations in the bladder, as well as in the urethra composition. The proposed predispositions to incontinence that follows neutering including gender, breed, body weight, obesity, tail docking, spaying technique (ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy) and morphology or position of neck of the bladder and urethral length, have all been investigated
Deborah Barber Shores, DVM Pharmaceuticals are used to treat and prevent a wide range of ailments in our animal companions. Sometimes, veterinarians are not able to dispense medications in the dosage required for a particular patient. This is where compounding pharmacies step in and save the day. Dogs, cats, horses and even rabbits can benefit from compounded medications. As a veterinarian, I use a compounding pharmacy almost every day. Let’s take a look at a few cases where compounded drugs have made a difference for my patients.
Cats are wonderful addition to our families but sometimes there are ‘unpleasant’ aspects of having a cat. Many of you know what I am speaking of, and it usually involves stepping in ‘something’ with bare feet in the middle of the night. Hairballs and other contents of vomit are an unfortunate part of many cat fancier’s lives. But did you know that hairballs are NOT a “normal” thing for cats to produce? Hairballs, when produced frequently (more than once a month) can be a sign that there is a problem in the digestive system. If your cat has had issues with vomiting, regurgitation or hairballs, your veterinarian may have prescribed Cisapride.