WHAT IS LACTULOSE FOR CATS?
Lactulose is a type of drug used in to treat constipation, liver diseases, or management of disorders called as hepatic encephalopathy, found in cats and dogs
Lactulose, as the name says is a sugar solution, combined with two different sugars galactose and fructose. These two sugars make lactulose, is not absorbed in of the intestinal tract, however, directly passes into to the large intestines. On reaching the large intestine, the lactulose is broken down by bacteria, releasing certain acids, thus increasing the effect of laxative acids.
In the colon, the acids are already formed which attracts ammonia and changes into ammonium which is passed out in feces form. A way lactulose helps soften the feces of cats and help them pass out. Lactulose is high extra-labeled drug and is not available for every cat owner. The owners have to get a prescription from a vet before using lactulose for cats.
There are many brands of lactulose are found. The lactulose is a human drug found by many names like Chronulac, Cephulac, Cholac, Contulose and Enoluse. These human forms of drugs are used for cats when prescribed by veterinarians.
USE OF LACTULOSE FOR CATS.
As mentioned, lactulose for cats is used to treat constipation. Moreover, it is most commonly used for treating hepatic encephalopathy, a liver disorder that releases acids and toxic products in the body and accumulates in the blood stream of cat’s system. The toxic products are then circulated around the body, and on reaching mind may cause mental problems and abnormalities and when not treated then will progress to the coma. Therefore, the cat owners should always have regular check-ups of cats, regularly monitor their feces, diet, and use lactulose only when the veterinarian prescribes. The health of the cat is very important. Thus, it should be taken care off.
DOSAGE OF LACTULOSE
After consulting the veterinarian, to cure hepatic encephalopathy in cats, the lactulose for Cats should be dosed at 0.25 to 1 ml per cat. However, the dosage can be altered based on the frequency of the feces the cat’s discharges. Initially, it is three times a day but later can be changed.
Further, for constipation, the dose can be at 10 ml varying according to the cat’s body weight. The ratio is 1 ml for 45 kg, 3 times a day. However, it can vary and adjusted as needed.
There is a situation when cats refuse to take in liquid form because of its taste. Therefore, one gram of lactulose crystals sprinkled on food is equivalent to 1.5 ml of the liquid. The doses can be adjusted with the consistency of stool discharge.
It is advised to all cat owners to continuously monitor the condition of the cats and the how well the response is to the medication. If one sees any effects, consult with the veterinarian; continue the prescribed time of dosage to prevent any relapse in the condition.