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Derm Caps®

By: Dr. Nicholas Dodman

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Overview

  • Derm Caps® is a proprietary combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that may improve the condition of the haircoat.
  • 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.
  • In dogs and cats, the primary use of fatty acids has been to palliate eczema-like skin eruptions and pruritus. This treatment has also been purported to halt the progression of renal disease, retard tumorigenesis, reduce pain and inflammation, and prevent thrombus formation.
  • On face value, it would seem that dietary supplementation with fatty acids is something of a panacea but a word of caution is indicated. Definitive studies confirming the efficacy and the safety of long term supplementation have still to be performed. Also, the optimal ration of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids has yet to be established. In addition, dietary supplementation with fatty acids is not necessarily without short and possibly long term side effects. While fatty acid supplementation may ultimately be shown to be of some value, more studies are need before such treatment can be unequivocally recommended.

    Brand Names and Other Names

  • This dietary supplement is designed for use in animals only.
  • Human formulations: None
  • Veterinary formulations: Derm Caps® (DVM Pharmaceuticals)

    Uses of Derm Caps

  • Maintenance optimal haircoat
  • Treatment of pruritus associated with atopy and seborrhea (equivocal)
  • Treatment of military eczema and eosinophilic granuloma complex (cats)

    Precautions and Side Effects

  • While generally safe and effective when prescribed by a veterinarian, Derm Caps can cause side effects in some animals.
  • Derm Caps should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity to any of the components. Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids without adequate antioxidant protection could increase free radical formation with consequent lipid peroxidation.
  • Other possible side effects are: Vomiting and diarrhea; increased pruritus; immuno-incompetence; and lethargy (dogs).

    Drug Interactions

  • Because of possible effects of fatty acids on bleeding/coagulation times, it is probably unwise to administer fatty acid dietary supplements concurrently with anticoagulants, such as aspirin, warfarin, and heparin.

    How Derm Caps are Supplied

  • Derm Caps® 10's (petite dogs and cat)
  • Derm Caps® Regular (small to medium-sized dogs)
  • Derm Caps® ES (medium to large-sized dogs)
  • Derm Caps® 100's (large & giant breed dogs)
  • Derm Caps® Liquid 6 oz (177 ml.)

    Dosing Information

    Derm Caps are dosed as follows:

    Capsules are generally dosed based on the capsule size and the pet's body weight as follows:
  • 10's: 1 per 10 lbs body weight
  • Regular: 1 per 20 lbs bodyweight
  • ES: 1 per 50-70 lbs body weight
  • 100's: 1 per 100 lbs body weight

    ** Capsules can be punctured and squeezed over food, or fed as a pill.

    The liquid formulation is dosed as follows:
  • 1 to 19 lbs weight = 1/2 pump
  • 20 to 39 lbs weight = 1 pump
  • 40 to 59 lbs weight = 2 pumps
  • 60 to 79 lbs weight = 3 pumps
  • 80 to 100 lbs weight = 4 pumps

  • Medication should never be administered without first consulting your veterinarian
  • The duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and the development of any adverse effects. Be certain to complete the prescription unless specifically directed by your veterinarian. Even if your pet feels better, the entire treatment plan should be completed to prevent relapse.



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