Lactulose Solution
Lactulose Solution
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Safe stool softener for both dogs and cats
Can be used to treat cats with megacolon
Can be used to treat portal-systemic encephalopathy

Lactulose Solution

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At a Glance
Safe stool softener for both dogs and cats
Can be used to treat cats with megacolon
Can be used to treat portal-systemic encephalopathy

Constipation is a painful problem for your pet. Talk to your vet about Lactulose, a prescription laxative used to treat constipation in dogs and cats. It works quickly to relieve the pain and frustration associated with constipation. Lactulose can also be used to treat and prevent a liver disease called portal-systemic encephalopathy.

Laactulose Solution is the Generic Alternative to Generlac.
  • Gastrointestinal Pharmacy
  • Care Wellness Philosophy
  • Ivermectin Sensitivity Allergies
  • Prescription Pharmacy Type
  • Liquid Application
  • Oral Application
  • Cat Pet Type
  • Dog Pet Type

How Much Lactulose Can I Give My Cat?

The correct dosage of Lactulose for cats depends on various factors, including your catโ€™s body weight and the type of condition being treated. For treatment of constipation, the recommended dosage is 1 ml per 10 lbs of your catโ€™s body weight (administered thrice a day). On the other hand, if your cat needs Lactulose for the treatment of portal-systemic encephalopathy, the recommended dosage is between 0.25 ml and 1 ml (four times a day), depending on the body weight. Itโ€™s always a good idea to consult your veterinarian regarding the right dosage of Lactulose for your cat and the required duration of treatment.

How Much Lactulose Can I Give My Dog?

As with cats, the amount of Lactulose you should give to your dog depends on the ailment thatโ€™s being treated. For the treatment of liver disease, such as hepatic encephalopathy, the recommended dosage is 15 to 30 ml, administered four times a day, depending on your dogโ€™s body weight. But if your dog has chronic constipation, the recommended dosage of Lactulose Solution is 1 ml per 10 lbs of body weight (given thrice a day). Make sure you consult your vet to determine the optimal dosage and duration of treatment based on your dogโ€™s health.

What Does Lactulose Do for a Dog?

Lactulose is an FDA-approved prescription medication thatโ€™s used to treat constipation and hepatic encephalopathy in dogs. Itโ€™s a disaccharide sugar that contains fructose and galactose. It acts as a laxative and ammonia-reducing agent. Lactulose works by drawing fluid into the colon, thus helping relieve chronic constipation in dogs. Also, it draws excess ammonia from the bloodstream and expels it with the stool, thereby preventing liver dysfunction.

Will Lactulose Hurt a Dog?

Lactulose Solution is a safe, FDA-approved prescription medication that helps treat chronic constipation and hepatic encephalopathy in dogs. As long as youโ€™re following your vetโ€™s prescription for dosage and frequency of treatment, it wonโ€™t cause any serious side effects in your pet. In some cases, it can trigger mild adverse reactions, such as bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. However, an overdose of Lactulose can lead to severe dehydration and diarrhea. You should exercise caution if your dog has diabetes, or is prone to fluid/electrolyte imbalance. Make sure you inform your vet about any other medications, such as laxatives or antacids, your dog might be taking. If your dog is prone to allergies, keep an eye out for symptoms, such as facial swelling, pale gums, vomiting, diarrhea, and hives. Consult a vet if your dog exhibits any adverse symptoms after taking Lactulose.

Can Human Lactulose Be Given to Cats?

As a ground-rule, if a medication is meant for human use, you shouldnโ€™t administer it to your pets. The same rule applies to laxatives, such as Lactulose Solution. Make sure you only give your cat Lactulose thatโ€™s been approved for use in animals. Also, consult your vet before administering the medication to your cat.

Can You Give a Dog Human Lactulose?

Lactulose is a prescription medication thatโ€™s used as a stool softener and ammonia-reducing agent. While Lactulose is recommended for use in both humans and dogs, you shouldnโ€™t give your pet any medication thatโ€™s formulated for human use. Make sure you check with your veterinarian to find a credible brand of Lactulose solution for your dog. Also, consult them regarding the right dosage and duration of treatment depending on your dogโ€™s health condition.

What Is the Best Time to Take Lactulose?

Itโ€™s recommended that you give Lactulose to your pet at the same time every day. Also, there should be a considerable gap between two consecutive doses. If you miss giving a dose, administer it as soon as possible. However, if youโ€™re closer to the time for the next dose, you can skip the missed dose. Follow your vetโ€™s instructions on the right time and way to administer Lactulose to your pet.

What Are the Side Effects of Lactulose?

Common side effects of Lactulose in cats and dogs include diarrhea, vomiting, flatulence, and abdominal pain. It could also cause drooling in cats. If your pet produces more than three soft stools in a day, consider it as an alarm and immediately contact your vet. Lactulose can cause facial swelling, cold limbs, hives, and seizures in pets who are prone to allergies. It can alter insulin requirements in diabetic cats and dogs. Also, it could cause drug interactions with other laxatives, antacids, warfarin, neomycin, and gentamicin.

Lactulose: 10g
Lactose: Less than 1.6g
Other sugars: Less than 1.2g

Lactulose, a disaccharide sugar containing galactose and fructose, is used for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy in veterinary medicine. It is also used as a laxative for the treatment of bowel diseases like megacolon, triggered from chronic constipation. The active ingredient, lactulose, works by reducing the ammonia build up in the blood. The large number of resident bacteria in the intestine consumes the unabsorbed lactose as their food and release lactic, acetic, and formic acid and carbon dioxide gas. These acids draw fluid into the colon, softening the stool. The acidification of the bowel contents draws ammonia from the bloodstream and locks it there to be emitted with the stool. This action aids the prevention of a form of dementia called hepatic encephalopathy.ย 

Side effects of Lactulose include flatulence, bloated stomach, and cramping.

Drooling is observed as a lactulose side effect in cats.ย 

Lactulose may alter the insulin requirement in diabetic animals.

Use Lactulose with caution in animals with fluid or electrolyte imbalance.

Contact your veterinarian if your pet is producing less than 2-3 soft stools per day or if the condition worsens.

Diarrhea and dehydration are symptoms of overdose.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: facial swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, cold limbs, shock, seizures, pale gums, hives, scratching, or coma.

Contact your veterinarian if your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms.

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is taking any other medications or supplements. Do not use this product with other laxatives. Oral antacids may reduce the effectiveness of Lactulose.

Extreme caution is required when the medication is used in pets with fluid or electrolyte imbalance and in diabetic animals. Do not use the medication with other laxatives. It is advised not to use the drug in animals with hypersensitivity and allergy to the active ingredient. Oral antacids could hinder the effectiveness of lactulose. Giving plenty of water during the treatment prevents side effects like dehydration and diarrhea. Lactulose may interact with other drugs; it is advised to inform the veterinarian or pharmacist about the medications the pet is taking. The medication should be stored at room temperature, away from light.ย 

Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427.

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website. Our medications are FDA approved and/or EPA regulated when and as required by law.

Lactulose comes in liquid form and is administered orally.

The duration of administration and dosage depends on the type of condition treated. For the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy in dogs, the recommended dosage is 15 to 30 ml/dog four times a day and for cats the dosage is 0.25 to 1 ml/cat. The frequency of the dosage is calculated based on the frequency of stool production. For treatment of constipation, the recommended dosage is 1 ml/4.5 kg (1 ml/10 lbs) thrice a day.ย 

Be sure to follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian.

Many cats do not like the taste of Lactulose, and you should contact your veterinarian if you have difficulty administering the medication.

Store at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.

Option UPC/SKU
16 fl. oz. - Unflavored 304721360161

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