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Cats + Medications

  • Interferon alfa-2a is used to alleviate the clinical effects of certain viral diseases. It has been used to control the symptoms of non-neoplastic feline leukemia virus and ocular herpes infections in cats. It may also be used to treat certain cancers in dogs and cats.

  • Itraconazole is an antifungal medication used to treat fungal infections in your pet. There may be other conditions for which your veterinarian may prescribe this medication.

  • Ivermectin is used as an intestinal de-wormer and as a preventative for heartworm. It may also be used to treat various types of mites.

  • Kaolin and pectin are used to treat diarrhea. They may also be used to relieve the symptoms of an upset stomach and nausea. Occasionally this medication may be used as an adsorbent (a substance to minimize absorption) if the pet has ingested certain toxins.

  • Ketoconazole is an antifungal medication used to treat fungal infections in your pet. Your veterinarian may prescribe this medication for other conditions, such as Cushing’s disease in dogs. It may also be prescribed with cyclosporin to decrease the elimination of cyclosporin.

  • Ketoprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication used to reduce pain caused by inflammation. It may also be used to decrease fever.

  • Ketorolac is a topical preparation used to stop inflammation in the eye.

  • L-Carnitine is an amino acid derivative. It is synthesized from methionine and lysine. The body requires L-carnitine for energy metabolism. This medication has been used as adjunctive therapy for dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy. Other uses include protection against doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy and reduction of the risk of damage to the myocardium due to interruption of the blood supply to this area. L-carnitine has been used in cats as adjunctive therapy to facilitate metabolism of liver fat.

  • Lactulose may be used as a stool softener to treat constipation. In liver disease it may also be used to reduce the level of ammonia in the blood. This will help prevent hepatic encephalopathy, which is a condition associated with cirrhosis of the liver.

  • Latanaprost is used to reduce the pressure in the eye caused by glaucoma.