Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) for Dogs and Cats

Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) for Dogs and Cats

An assortment of Bisacodyl pills and suppositories for petsAn assortment of Bisacodyl pills and suppositories for pets
An assortment of Bisacodyl pills and suppositories for petsAn assortment of Bisacodyl pills and suppositories for pets

Table of Contents:

  1. Brand Names for Bisacodyl
  2. Uses of Bisacodyl for Dogs and Cats
  3. Potential Side Effects of Bisacodyl for Pets
  4. Bisacodyl Dosage for Dogs and Cats

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. This drug is not approved for use in animals by the Food and Drug Administration but it is prescribed legally by veterinarians as an extra-label drug.

Brand Names for Bisacodyl

This drug is registered for use in humans only.

  • Human formulations: Dulcolax® (Ciba), Bisco-Lax® (Schein), Fleet® Bisacodyl (Fleet), Carter’s Little Pills® (Carter) and various generic preparations
  • Veterinary formulations: None

Uses of Bisacodyl for Dogs and Cats

  • Bisacodyl is used to stimulate bowel movements in animals with constipation or when there is a need to empty the large intestine.

Potential Side Effects of Bisacodyl for Pets

While generally safe and effective when prescribed by a veterinarian, bisacodyl can cause side effects in some animals. These include diarrhea, cramping and nausea .

Bisacodyl should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug. Animals with gastrointestinal obstructions, rectal bleeding, or intestinal tears should also avoid bisacodyl

Bisacodyl Dosage for Dogs and Cats

For dogs, the dose varies between 1 to 4 tablets once daily, 1 to 2 milliliter of the enema solution given as an enema or 1 to 3 pediatric suppositories placed in the rectum. For cats, the dose is one 5 milligram tablet once daily, 1 to 2 milliliter of the enema solution given as an enema, or 1 to 3 pediatric suppositories placed in the rectum.

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.

Medication should never be administered without first consulting your veterinarian.

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