Educational Articles

Cats + Medications

  • Giving pills to cats can be a challenge even for the most experienced veterinarian! The easiest way to give your cat a pill is to hide the pill in food. Soft treats are also available that can be used to hide the pill by molding the treat around it (e.g., Pill Pockets™). If your cat persists in spitting out the pills or if dietary restrictions prevent you from hiding the pills in an appealing food or treat, you will need to administer the pill directly into the cat's mouth. Following pilling your cat, give her some positive reinforcement (e.g., treats, brushing, petting or playing).

  • Glipizide is a sulfonylurea anti-diabetic agent used to treat non-insulin dependent diabetes. Glipizide works by causing the pancreas to release more insulin into the bloodstream.

  • 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.