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Gabapentin For Dogs and Cats

Gabapentin is a medication for the treatment of seizures, pain and anxiety in dogs and cats. Seizures are more common in dogs than cats and can happen for various reasons—the most common for dogs being Idiopathic epilepsy, an inherited disorder. Other causes of seizures can include health issues like liver disease, so you should consult your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment. They can walk you through medicinal options and can prescribe the correct gabapentin dosage for dogs. You should only use medication that is made for your type of pet and with the authorization of your vet.

FAQs About Gabapentin

Essentially, gabapentin for cats and gabapentin for dogs is the same. Gabapentin comes in tablet and capsule form and is administered by mouth for both cats and dogs. It is prescribed to cats primarily for pain and anxiety but also as an anticonvulsant. So, what is gabapentin for dogs used for most? It’s provided for the same maladies as cats, but—with the higher rate of epilepsy in dogs—they are more likely to be prescribed gabapentin to treat seizures.

The ingredients and makeup are the same for both cats and dogs, but—due to weight differences and other factors—gabapentin dosage for dogs will likely differ from the gabapentin for cats dosage. Gabapentin is also prescribed to humans in liquid form, but this contains ingredients that are toxic to dogs and should never be given to your pet. Follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian in all cases.

Always follow the prescription and advice from your vet before administering any medication. This reduces the risk of severe reactions or overdose. Though overdose is unlikely when you follow your vet’s gabapentin for cats dosage directions, there can be side effects. The most common include sleepiness and temporary loss of coordination. To alleviate these, your vet may recommend a low initial dose with a gradual increase over time.

Of course, if your pet is allergic to this medication, do not use it. Your vet may also not prescribe if your animal has kidney disease, as gabapentin for cats is excreted by the kidneys. This medication is short-acting—which means it should stop working within 24 hours, and side effect symptoms should cease. Let your vet know if your pet experiences symptoms outside of sleepiness and loss of coordination.

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