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

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.

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?
Answer

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?
Answer

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?
Answer

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?
Answer

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.

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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