Sucralfate
Sucralfate
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Creates a protective seal around ulcers
Prevents new ulcers from forming
Recommended by most veterinarians

Sucralfate

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At a Glance
Creates a protective seal around ulcers
Prevents new ulcers from forming
Recommended by most veterinarians

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Sucralfate is a gastro-protectant medication designed to battle painful ulcers that can develop in the mouth, throat, esophagus, and intestines of cats and dogs due to many conditions (ex. Cancer and kidney or liver failure). It stops further damage to ulcers, by working together with hydrochloric acid, also known as stomach acid, to create a coating that surrounds the ulcer, and stops ulcers from being further damaged by acids and enzymes that are naturally produced in dogs and cats. Sucralfate also works as a preventive mechanism against ulcers by plugging up any holes in the linings of the esophagus and intestine before ulcers can form, and also stimulates mucus production to absorb the bile acids that can create ulcers. Sucralfate is like a bandage that you can put around your pet's ulcers to help them heal and prevent further damage.

Sucralfate is available in 1 gm scored tablets as well as in 1g/10 ml suspension. The normal dose to small dogs and cats would be 1/4 to 1/2 gram, given every six to eight hours. Medium to large dogs could be administered 1/2 to 1 gram. It is preferable to give the medication on an empty stomach or after 1-2 hours after a meal. Sucralfate is easily soluble in water and this suspension could be easily administered orally using a syringe in animals, which are difficult to pill. The duration of the therapy would greatly depend on the disease condition as well as the response of the animal to the medication.

Sucralfate is the Generic Alternative to Carafate.

  • Gastrointestinal Pharmacy
  • Oral Application
  • Cat Pet Type
  • Dog Pet Type

Does Sucralfate Help With Nausea in Dogs?
Answer

No, Sucralfate for dogs does not help with nausea. The generic for Sucralfate is known as Carafate. Carafate for dogs is used mostly as a gastro-protectant drug. Sucralfate, used for the same purpose, can help protect your dogs from ulcers. A Sucralfate dosage for dogs will work on ulcers that might have developed on their mouths, throats, and intestines. Besides treating ulcers, the Sucralfate tablets can also be used for preventing these ulcers from returning. The Sucralfate uses a plugging mechanism to plug up any holes in the intestines or esophagus. That way, the ulcers cannot form again. However, the Sucralfate does nothing for nausea in dogs. For that, vets recommend you use Metoclopramide, Cerenia, or Pepcid. These drugs can help with nausea, vomiting, and other sorts of motion sickness.

How Quickly Does Sucralfate Work?
Answer

You can notice the full benefit of Sucralfate only after two to eight weeks of starting the Sucralfate dose for dogs. You should not stop the dose before eight weeks or the prescribed dosage period, even if your dog is showing great improvement. Complete the dose as prescribed. At the same time, you should not give your dog the Sucralfate tablets for more than eight weeks at a time. The Sucralfate tablet should be given on an empty stomach, 1 hour before you give your dog food or two hours after the meal.

Can You Give Sucralfate With Food?
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No, you should not give your dog Sucralfate food. The best way to give your dog the Sucralfate is by crushing a tablet and then administering it orally an hour before the meal. You can also give the medicine two hours after the meal. The goal is to administer the Sucralfate drug on an empty stomach. Hence, there is no scope for you to provide the drug with your dogโ€™s food. Otherwise, it is highly likely that the drug cannot take full effect, and there will be lapses in the overall dosage and treatment.

Is Sucralfate Like Pepto Bismol?
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Sucralfate is somewhat like Pepto Bismol, but not in every way. That means, while there are some similarities between the two, there are also a few differences. In terms of similarities, both medications are used to treat problems related to the stomach and gut. Sucralfate is used for treating heartburns, just like Pepto Bismol. However, that is where all the similarities end. As far as differences go, Sucralfate cannot treat dogs for nausea, unlike Pepto Bismol. The former is more used for treating ulcers in your dogโ€™s mouth, intestines, throats, and so on.

How Long Can You Give a Dog Sucralfate?
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You should not give a dog Sucralfate for more than eight weeks. The regular dosage is usually between two to eight weeks. Giving the dog Sucralfate for more than eight weeks at a stretch is not recommended by vets.

Can You Drink Water After Taking Sucralfate?
Answer

Avoid giving your dog water after giving it Sucralfate. This might decrease the overall effectiveness of the medicine. Empty stomach is the ideal condition for administering Sucralfate. Maintain an hour gap before the meal and the Sucralfate pill. You could also give the pill after the meal, in which case you should maintain a two hour gap between the meal and the drug.

Is Sucralfate Bad for Kidneys?
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Sucralfate is bad for kidneys only when the dog has pre-existing kidney conditions. It is one of the side effects of Sucralfate in dogs. Other Sucralfate side effects in dogs include backache, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, itching, skin rash, passing gas, stomach cramps, and headache. You should also be on the lookout for any sort of allergic reaction during the dosage. Take your pet to the vet immediately if you notice such reactions.

Can Puppies Use Sucralfate?
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Sucralfate is a medication commonly used in veterinary medicine to treat gastrointestinal ulcers in dogs. While it is generally safe for puppies, it is important to consult a veterinarian before administering any medication to a young dog. Puppies may require adjusted dosages due to their smaller size and developing digestive systems. Additionally, it is important to consider any underlying medical conditions or medications the puppy may be taking, as these could interact with the sucralfate.

When Should I Stop Sucralfate for My Dog?
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The duration of treatment with sucralfate for a dog will depend on the condition being treated, the severity of the condition, and the dog's response to the medication. In general, sucralfate treats gastrointestinal ulcers in dogs and is typically given for about four weeks. However, the treatment period may be extended if the ulcers are severe or do not improve with initial treatment.

What Should I Do if My Dog Mistakenly Took an Overdose?
Answer

Contact your veterinarian immediately after inducing vomiting in your dog, especially if you used hydrogen peroxide or any other drug to cause vomiting. While forcing your dog to vomit can assist in removing any hazardous chemicals from their stomach, if done incorrectly, it can potentially harm their lungs or esophagus.

Can Cats Also Use Sucralfate?
Answer

Yes, sucralfate can treat certain gastrointestinal conditions in cats, such as stomach and intestinal ulcers. It works by forming a protective barrier over the ulcers, which helps to promote healing and prevent further damage.

Must Sucralfate Be Used With Food?
Answer

No, it does not have to be taken with food. As a matter of fact, Sucralfate may be given on an empty stomach, as it can be more effective at forming a protective barrier over ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract. However, in a few cases, sucralfate may be given with food to minimize the risk of side effects, such as constipation.

In What Parts of a Dogโ€™s Body Can Ulcer Occur?
Answer

Ulcers can occur in various parts of a dog's body, but the most common type of ulcer in dogs is a gastrointestinal ulcer, which affects the stomach or small intestine. Other types of ulcers that can occur in dogs include skin ulcers, which can be caused by trauma or infections, and corneal ulcers, which can result from injuries to the eye.

Where Can I Get Sucralfate?
Answer

Sucralfate is a prescription medication that is available through a licensed veterinarian. If your pet requires sucralfate, consult a veterinarian who can evaluate your pet's condition and determine if sucralfate is the appropriate treatment. The veterinarian can provide guidance on dosage and administration and information on obtaining the medication through a licensed pharmacy. In some cases, the veterinarian may be able to dispense the medication directly from their clinic.

Can Sucralfate Be Used in All Breeds of Dogs?
Answer

There is no one-word answer that fits all. However, Sucralfate can be used in many breeds of dogs, so it is important to consult with a veterinarian before administering it to your pet. Some breeds may have a higher risk of adverse reactions or require different dosages. Additionally, dogs with certain health conditions or taking other medications may not be suitable candidates for Sucralfate.

Is Sucralfate a Prescription Medicine?
Answer

Yes, it is. It cannot be purchased over the counter and requires a licensed veterinarian or physician prescription. Due to potential adverse effects and medication interactions, sucralfate should only be taken under the guidance of a doctor.

Can Sucralfate Be Used Alongside Other Gastrointestinal Medications?
Answer

In general, it is advised not to take any additional drugs within two hours after taking sucralfate. Sucralfate forms a barrier of protection over the stomach and intestines, making it more challenging for other medications to be absorbed by the body. Taking other drugs too soon after sucralfate can lessen their efficiency and even result in treatment failure.

Can Sucralfate Be Used in Outdoor Cats?
Answer

Sucralfate can be used for outdoor cats, but you should always talk to your physician before giving your cat any medicine. Gastric ulcers and gastritis in cats are among the gastrointestinal conditions that sucralfate is frequently used to treat. Outdoor cats, however, could be subject to many environmental variables that could harm their health and numerous health hazards. Additionally, some outdoor cats can be more susceptible to pharmaceutical side effects or require a different dosage.

Sucralfate 1 gram

Sucralfate is an anti-ulcer drug indicated for managing gastric and intestinal ulcers in cats and dogs. This medicine reacts with the gastric juice and forms a thick substance that gets coated in the ulcerated areas. Sucralfate has proven efficacy in treating ulcers of mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestinal ulcers. It is also found useful in preventing gastritis caused by aspirin like ulcerogenic drugs, and in managing acid reflux disease of esophagus.ย 

Sucralfate has not been extensively tested in animals. Stop treatment immediately if allergic reaction occurs. Talk to your veterinarian about any other symptoms.

Sucralfate should be given on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after food. Crush the tablet for better absorption. Follow your veterinarian's directions for dosage.


Typical dosage:

Dogs/Puppies: 1/2 to 1 tablet by mouth 3 times a day
Cats/Kittens: 1/4 to 1/2 tablet by mouth every 8 to 12 hours
Horses: 4.5 mg to 9 mg per pound every 6 to 8 hours

Store at room temperature, away from moisture and light.

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Great Stuff for our Dog
VERIFIED PURCHASER

It helps our dog who gets upset during thunder storms then won't eat. This is like Pepto-Bismol for dogs. Don't give Pepto to your dogs...use this instead.

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great drug
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my dog is on this for acid reflux (GERD) and it has been a lifesaver for him. He would pace at night with upset tummy and it took a long time to figure out what was going on with him. a specialist vet finally told me to leave him on this forever and it totally works. happy to have a solution that lets us all sleep thou the night. if your dog has mystery upset tummy every night consider GERD.

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Sucralfate
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Easy to order a lot cheaper than going to the vet.

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This medication is a lifesaver!

I have a 10 month old Saint Bernard that has megaesophagus. She had a feeding tube placed since her esophagus essentially doesn't work, but I noticed she was developing a cough. After a visit with her internal medicine specialist, she was started on this medication for esophagitis - inflammation of the esophagus because she doesn't get any food by mouth. She gets one tablet, 3 times a day in a slurry orally, and she has done WONDERFUL on it. No coughing, not dry mouth, or ulcerations anymore. This fairly cheap medication has improved her quality of life, and makes her so much more comfortable. I will keep her on this medication for the rest of her life.

Saint_Bernard_Mama recommends this item.
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This medication is a lifesaver!

I have a 10 month old Saint Bernard that has megaesophagus. She had a feeding tube placed since her esophagus essentially doesn't work, but I noticed she was developing a cough. After a visit with her internal medicine specialist, she was started on this medication for esophagitis - inflammation of the esophagus because she doesn't get any food by mouth. She gets one tablet, 3 times a day in a slurry orally, and she has done WONDERFUL on it. No coughing, not dry mouth, or ulcerations anymore. This fairly cheap medication has improved her quality of life, and makes her so much more comfortable. I will keep her on this medication for the rest of her life.

Saint_Bernard_Mama recommends this item.
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sucralfate dog not hungrey

Our Sheltie won't eat after taking this medication, she has lost interest in food

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The difference in my dog is night and day

My dog has been on Carafate since I got her from the pound last year. I tried taking her off the medication for a week and started noticing a difference by day three. I'll not do that again. She may be old, but if a pill can make her confortable so be it.

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