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Terbutaline is a synthetic sympathomimetic amine, aka a drug that helps relax the smooth muscles in your lungs. Stimulating the beta adrenergic receptors in the lungs, this medication is useful in the treatment of asthma, tracheobronchitis, allergic bronchitis, collapsing trachea, and or pulmonary edema. For pets with any of the aforementioned conditions, terbutaline can help them breathe easier and live comfortably.
Terbutaline should not be given to pets suffering from glaucoma, digitalis intoxication, cardiomyopathy, or congestive heart failure, and should be used cautiously with diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypertension, liver or kidney disease, and seizures. It should not be taken within 2 weeks of a MAO inhibitor or tricyclic antidepressants. Patients taking terbutaline should not undergo anesthesia due to a heightened risk of arrhythmia. Terbutaline might be antagonized by beta blockers. Taking with other sympathomimetics might increase the risk of cardiac effects.
Dosages range depending on the size of your pet, as well as their species, and, as with all prescription medications, you should always listen to what your vet prescribed. Typically, however, dosages are:
Increased heart rate, tremors, nausea, vomiting, nervousness, seizures, and dizziness are all dose related side effects of taking terbutaline. Hypokalemia might occur in certain, susceptible cases, and should be watched closely.
Heartworms are a problem for cats and dogs all across America, but many pet parents are unaware of how heartworm is contracted. To better understand this condition, it helps to have a functional knowledge of the heartworm life cycle, and this infographic does just that.
Asthma can cause serious health problems for your pet, and some animals are more susceptible than others. Here's what you need to know about asthma in dogs and cats.
Pets can have chronic breathing problems, just like people, and if they do, they require some form of treatment. Aminophylline injections, a commonly used bronchodilator, help to relax muscles in the lungs, making it easier for your pet to breathe. Learn more about how aminophylline injections work.
Cephalosporin is the active ingredient in Cephalexin, the generic of Biocef, is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, bones, joints, and bladder, and pneumonia and respiratory tract issues in dogs and cats.
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