Carecard, which provides a prescription service for medications, has published two new guides to remind pet owners that they can also get pet medications with their membership. In addition, these guides outline how valuable Gabapentin can be for both dogs and cats.
More information is available at https://www.carecard.co/blog/a-guide-to-gabapentin-for-cats
Gabapentin, which has been FDA-approved for people for over 20 years, is not yet FDA-approved for animals, but these new guides explain that many veterinarians now prescribe it for dogs and cats to relieve seizures, chronic pain, or anxiety, often as an adjunct to other medications.
Research on the use of Gabapentin in animals is scarce, but according to the Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Research, a study of 240 dogs showed that when used as an analgesic, this drug is well tolerated at much higher doses than what is normally prescribed. Further, side effects of the drug were minimal and none were life-threatening.
A study of 20 cats showed that those that received Gabapentin 90 minutes before departing for a visit to the veterinarian showed less stress than those receiving the placebo, as assessed by the cats’ owners. Learn more at https://www.carecard.co/blog/a-guide-to-gabapentin-for-dogs
Gabapentin has minimal side effects and often allows reduced doses of other more dangerous drugs. The one serious warning for dog owners is to never give the liquid version of this drug because it contains xylitol, which is toxic for dogs.
The guides explain that to control seizures in both cats and dogs, Gabapentin is often used alongside primary seizure medication. This drug is thought to imitate GABA, the brain’s neurotransmitter that calms excessive electrical activity between cells.
This drug is also frequently used as part of a multimodal pain control treatment plan for cats and dogs. Since pets cannot explain their pain, veterinarians often treat all possible sources of pain.
The most recent use of Gabapentin in dogs and cats is to relieve anxiety caused by separation from the owner, riding in the car, thunderstorms, or fireworks.
Both guides explain that mild side effects of the drug, including sleepiness or unsteadiness, can occur.
Carecard, which has partnered with over 60,000 pharmacies across the United States, negotiates up to 85% off prescription prices and passes the savings onto its members.
A company spokesperson stated, “At Carecard, we are passionate about helping make your whole family’s prescription payments more affordable, including for your four-legged friends.”
Interested parties can find more information at https://carecard.co
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