Should You Give Reglan to Your Pet?
October 24, 2011
Reglan (and its generic version metoclopramide) has been decidedly controversial for use amongst humans because of the risk of developing the movement disorder tardive dyskinesia. Now that some dogs and cats are being prescribed the drugs to treat gastrointestinal problems, pet owners are wondering if their pets are at risk of debilitating side effects, too.
According to eHow contributor Laura Heilman, pets on Reglan are at risk of constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, and disorientation, even hyperactivity.
Heilman also notes that dogs who are prone to seizures or have epilepsy should not be given Reglan because the drug crosses the blood brain barrier and affects the brain and central nervous system.
Dogs on Reglan are also more susceptible to neurotoxicity, which first shows up as involuntary twisting of the legs, face, and eyes. In addition, pet owners should watch out for potential allergies to the drug and interactions with other drugs a pet might be on.
Dogs who are pregnant or nursing should not be prescribed Reglan because it can harm unborn puppies. Likewise, Reglan should also not be prescribed to dogs with adrenal tumors or stomach obstructions.
If you’ve given Reglan to a pet, what’s your experience been?
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