Overview of Derm Caps® for Canines and Felines Derm Caps® is a proprietary combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that may improve the condition of the hair coat in dogs and cats. Derm Caps® contain safflower oil (a source of linoleic acid), borage seed oil (a source of gamma linolenic acid), fish oil (a source of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid), and vitamin E.
Overview of Carnitine for Dogs and Cats Carnitine, commonly known as Carnitor®, is used as treatment for cardiomyopathy, valproic acid toxicity for dogs and cats. Levocarnitine (L-carnitine) is a naturally-occurring hydrophilic amino acid derivative synthesized from methionine and lysine in the kidneys and liver.
Overview of Tryptophan for Dogs and Cats Tryptophan, commonly known as Nutricalm®, is primarily used to decrease aggression and stabilize mood for dogs and cats. L-tryptophan is a large neutral amino acid that is an essential dietary constituent for dogs and cats. It has been banned for retail in the United States as a dietary additive since the eosinophilia-myalgia (EM) scare of 1989.
Overview of St. John's Wort for Canines and Felines St. John's Wort is an herbal remedy with a long and somewhat controversial history as a treatment for anxiety and mild to moderate depression in humans. It has also been used to treat stomach upset and insomnia, as well as a topical painkiller and antibiotic.
Overview of Piperazine (Pipa-Tabs®) for Canines and Felines Piperazine, commonly known as Pipa-Tabs®, is used to treat ascarids, or roundworm, in dogs and cats. Piperazine belongs to a class of drugs known as anthelmintics. These drugs are used to treat certain parasitic roundworm infestations of the gastrointestinal tract.
Overview of Rescue Remedy® for Canines and Felines Rescue Remedy® is the trade name for an herbal remedy sometimes used to reduce fearful behaviors in dogs and cats. It is considered to be an "alternative" therapy to "mainstream" pharmaceutical solutions. Rescue Remedy is the combination of extracts taken from five flowers: cherry plum, clematis, impatiens, rock rose and star of Bethlehem.
Overview of Dextromethorphan for Canines Dextromethorphan is an over-the-counter medication, commonly known as Robitussin-DM® used for dogs and cats to suppress and alleviate coughing. Respiratory conditions in dogs are associated with severe or chronic coughing. These include tracheobronchitis (kennel cough), chronic bronchitis, tracheal (windpipe) collapse and bronchial compression.
Overview of Ketoprofen (Ketofen®) for Canines and Felines Ketoprofen, commonly known as Ketofen®, is used to arthritis pain, inflammation, and other musculoskeletal disorders in dogs and cats. Ketoprofen belongs to a general class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other related drugs in this class include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.
Overview of Fenbendazole for Canines and Felines Fenbendazole, commonly known by the brand names of Safe-Guard® or most commonly as Panacur®, belongs to a class of drugs known as anthelmintics. This drug is often used to remove various gastrointestinal parasites from dogs and cats. Fenbendazole is available over the counter but should not be administered unless under the supervision and guidance of a veterinarian.
Overview of Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP®) Dog appeasing pheromone, commonly known as DAP® or Comfort Zone®, is used to treat separation anxiety, neophobia, noise phobia, and fear of transportation. French veterinarian, Dr. Patrick Pageat, reported identifying a pheromone that caused newborns to form an attachment to their dams when working with pigs and goats.
Overview of Naproxen for Canines Naproxen is an over-the-counter human drug, commonly known as Aleve® or Naprosyn® used to alleviate pain and inflammation humans and occasionally in dogs. Naproxen belongs to a general class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). Other related drugs in this class include ibuprofen and ketofen.
Overview of Famotidine (Pepcid®) for Canines and Felines Famotidine, commonly known by the brand name Pepcid or Pepcid AC, is one of the most common over-the-counter medications used in dogs and cats. Stomach ulcers and erosions are relatively common complications of kidney failure, bloat (of the stomach), treatment with steroids, administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and primary diseases of the stomach.
Overview of Kaolin and Pectin for Dogs and Cats Kaolin and pectin, commonly known as Kapectolin® or K-P®, is used to treat diarrhea and minor stomach problems, such as stomach inflammation (gastritis) in dogs and cats. The following information applies to products with the active ingredients of kaolin and pectin.
Overview of Permethrin (Kiltix®, ProTICall®, K9 Advantix®) for Canines Permethin, commonly known as Kiltix®, ProTICall®, and K9 Advantix®, is used as a flea and tick killer for dogs. Insecticides have been around for many years. One of the more popular insecticides belongs to a group known as pyrethrins.
Overview of Clemastine (Antihist-I®, Dayhist®, Tavist®) for Canines and Felines Clemastine, commonly known by the brand names of Antihist-I® , Dayhist®, Tavist®, are antihistamine drugs used to treat allergic symptoms in dogs and cats. Histamine is a chemical that is released in the body in response to inflammation or allergy.
Overview of Fexofenadine for Canines and Felines Fexofenadine, commonly known as Allegra® or Telfast®, is a second generation antihistamine drug that may be used for dogs and cats to control itching and other signs related to allergic conditions. Fexofenadine is considered less sedating than other antihistamines.
Overview of Oxymetazoline for Dogs and Cats Oxymetazoline belongs to a class of drugs known as nasal decongestants. It is commonly known as Afrin®. The drug works for dogs and cats by stimulating receptors in blood vessels, leading to constriction (narrowing) of the small blood vessels within the nasal passages.
Overview of Loratadine for Dogs and Cats Loratadine, commonly known as Claritin® or Alavert®, is a type of antihistamine drug commonly used in dogs and cats to control itchy skin. Loratadine is considered less sedating than other antihistamines. The use of loratadine in dogs and cats has been limited.
Overview of Bisacodyl for Canines and Felines Bisacodyl is commonly known as Dulcolax® and is used as a laxative to treat constipation for dogs and cats. Bisacodyl belongs to the class of drugs known as stimulant laxatives. The exact way bisacodyl works is still unknown. Bisacodyl is available without a prescription but should not be administered unless under the supervision and guidance of a veterinarian.
Overview of Using Feliway® for Felines Feliway® is a common over-the-counter drug for cats to reduce urine marking, increase appetite, and alleviate stress. A few years ago, a French veterinarian, Dr. Patrick Pageat, claimed to have extracted a "feline facial pheromone" from the oily secretions of cats' cheek glands.