FORTEKOR TREATING KIDNEY FAILURE IN CATS AND HEART FAILURE IN DOGS
Fortekor Tablets for Cats and Flavour Tablets For Dogs
Fortekor is a drug that is used to treat renal insufficiency (kidney failure) in cats. It is also licensed as Flavour tablets to treat congestive heart failure in dogs. It is made by Novartis Animal Health and is available in three tablet sizes; 2.5mg tablets for cats, and 5mg and 20mg flavour tablets for dogs. Fortekor contains the active ingredient benazepril. This is an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor (ACEI). These tablets are given once daily and can be administered with or without food.
It is used to treat cases of kidney failure (renal insufficiency) in cats and congestive heart failure in dogs. This medication is used as a vasodilator that lowers the blood pressure therefore improving blood flow to the kidneys and causing less strain on the heart. These effects help current heart and kidney function and reduce ongoing damage to these organs. In renal failure in cats this is often used in conjunction with kidney diets such as Hills Kd or walthams renal support as well as renal (kidney) supplements such as renalzin or ipakitine. In congestive heart failure this is frequently used with other drugs that support heart function, for example diuretics such as Frusemide, used to stop the lungs filling with fluid, Digoxin - a drug which is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms.
- The dose is based on bodyweight therefore weigh your cat or dog regularly for accurate dosing
- It should only be administered to your cat / dog under the direction of your veterinary surgeon
- It is given orally (per os) once daily
- It can be given with or without food
- It is available in various tablet sizes (2.5mg, 5mg and 20mg) that can be split if necessary to allow accurate dosing
- If you suspect your cat or dog has received an overdose then contact your veterinary surgeon immediately
- It is often given in conjunction with other drugs such as frusemide, vetmedin, renalzin, and ipakitine
- It is licensed for use in both dogs and cats
- It is used to treat heart problems in dogs and kidney disease in cats
- Lethargy may be seen in dogs in occasional cases
- Call your vet if you suspect any adverse reactions
- It can cause low blood pressure
- There is no information about the safety in pregnant bitches
- Electrolyte levels should be monitored whilst on treatment
- Kidney parameters should also be monitored in cats
- It may increase hunger and also bodyweight in cats
- The safety has not been established in cats under 2.5kg
- It has also not been proven to be safe in pregnant, lactating or breeding queen.
Prescription Hills Feline Kidney Diets
Therapeutic diets designed specifically for cats suffering with kidney failure that can occur in conjunction with hyperthyroidism. Kd can be fed to cats taking vidalta.
- It comes in 2.5mg tablets , and 5mg and 20mg flavour tablets
- It tablets are scored so that they can be divided in order to dose pets accurately
- The dosage will be calculated by your vet according to the body weight of your cat or dog
- The tablets are oval light brown tablets which are flavoured to increase their palatability
- The tablets are given once daily
- They can be given mixed in food or alone
- The dosage may be increased with severe disease. Your veterinary surgeon would decide if this was necessary.
- Please do not alter the dosage without speaking to your vet.
- It can be safely administered with other medication such as vetmedin or frusemide
- It is usually given long term since they do not cure kidney failure or heart failure - these conditions usually require lifelong medication
- 2.5mg, 5mg and 20mg tablets are a POM-V (prescription only medicine - veterinarian) therefore they are only available on prescription from your veterinary
- Cats and Dogs must be under the care of the prescribing veterinary surgeon and must therefore have been seen sufficiently recently by your vet in order for him/
her to prescribe
- Dog and Cat owners may buy directly from their vet or they may request a written prescription that can be dispensed by a third party
- Veterinary surgeons cannot refuse to provide a written prescription if requested but they are permitted to charge a fee for doing so
- Since the majority of dogs and cats are being treated for a life long problem such as heart or renal failure they will need fortekor long term
- Pet owners can buy legally from an online dispensary such as www.petprescrition.co.uk
- The fortekor we sell is identical to the fortekor you would buy from your veterinary surgeon though typically 40-60% cheaper
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