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Dogs + Medications

  • Griseofulvin is an antifungal medication. It is usually used to treat ringworm. It also may be used to treat fungal infections of the skin, hair and nails.

  • Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure by decreasing the workload of the heart and arteries. It is also used as an added treatment in congestive heart failure.

  • Hydrocodone is used to suppress a cough. It may be used when your pet has kennel cough, collapsing trachea or a viral lung infection. Generally, this medicine is used for a cough that is harsh, dry and non-productive.

  • Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine. Antihistamines are used to relieve or prevent the symptoms of allergy. Your veterinarian may prescribe this medication to prevent itching in your dog or cat. This medication has sedative properties.

  • Idoxuridine (brand name Dendrid®, Herplex®) is an antiviral topical medication used to treat viral infections of the eye, such as herpesvirus-1 in cats. Idoxuridine comes as eye drops, or can be compounded by your veterinarian into an eye ointment. Your veterinarian will provide specific instructions for your cat. Side effects of idoxuridine include eye irritation. Pregnant women should NOT handle this medication.

  • Imidacloprid is a topical insecticidal agent prescribed by your veterinarian to treat fleas in dogs and cats.

  • Imidocarb dipropionate (brand name Imizol®) is a drug used to treat infections caused by protozoa. For example, it is used to treat the infection babesiosis in dogs. This infection is caused by the protozoa Babesia which is transferred to pets from tick bites. Your veterinarian will give this drug by injection.

  • Imipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant. It may be used in dogs for the treatment of abrupt attacks of muscular weakness and/or diminished skeletal muscle control triggered by emotional stimuli such as anger and fear, separation anxiety, lick granuloma and urinary incontinence.

  • Insulin is a hormone that helps the body turn the food your pet eats into energy. Insulin works by allowing sugar to pass from the blood into the body’s cells to make fat, sugar and protein. Without insulin, sugar cannot get into the body’s cells. Insulin works whether the body makes its own insulin or if it is given by injection. Insulin is given when the pet has diabetes.

  • Insulin glargine is a long-acting insulin used in cats with diabetes mellitus to help regulate blood sugar.