Overview of Derm Caps® for Canines and Felines
Derm Caps® is a proprietary combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that may improve the condition of the hair coat in dogs and cats.
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 of Derm Caps®
This dietary supplement is designed for use in animals only.
Human formulations: None
Veterinary formulations: Derm Caps® (DVM Pharmaceuticals)
Uses of Derm Caps® for Dogs and Cats
Maintenance optimal hair coat
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).
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 of Derm Caps® for Dogs and Cats
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 body weight
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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Dermatology & Integumentary diseases