Imodium is a medicine that veterinarians may recommend for cats to treat bouts of diarrhea. It’s one of the brand names for the generic medicine loperamide and works by helping to slow down bowel movements while strengthening targeted muscle tone. The drug comes in liquid, capsule, and tablet form.
If your vet prescribes the medication for your cat, make sure to precisely follow their instructions when it comes to the safe and correct dosage.
Here’s what you should know about the uses, dosage, and side effects of Imodium for cats.
Uses Of Imodium For Cats
Imodium for cats generally treats diarrhea. The it works is by slowing down the frequency and rate of bowel movements. The drug also helps prevent food from passing through the intestines too quickly.
It is important to consult with your veterinarian before giving this medication to your cat. This is because, in cases where an infection or ingested toxin is the cause of a bout of diarrhea, Imodium may conversely work against removing the cause of diarrhea from the cat’s body.
Dosage Of Imodium For Cats
Your veterinarian must decide the amount of Imodium that your cat should take. Their recommendation will take in factors including the severity of the diarrhea and the age and size of your kitty. Do not give your cat the medication without talking to your vet.
Using the liquid form of the medicine can sometimes allow you to administer more accurate doses. It is sometimes recommended giving cats who weigh under seven pounds a dose of half a milligram of Imodium a day; for cats who weigh more than seven pounds, a full milligram of Imodium may be used.
If your vet prescribes this medication, it’s important that your cat completes the full recommended course and that you stick to the exact dosage detailed.
Side Effects Of Imodium For Cats
Side effects for cats taking Imodium can include feeling drowsy, experiencing bloat, or constipation. If you notice your cat developing any of these side effects, especially constipation, consult your veterinarian immediately as your may need to stop taking the medication.
As always, if you notice any sort of allergic reaction when administering this drug to your cat, make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.
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