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Can you give a cat keopectate

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Can you give a cat keopectate
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Yes, the Kaopectate product that contains bismuth subsalicylate can be dosed at 0.125-0.5 mL/lb every 6-12 hours. A 10 lb cat, then, could be given up to 1 measuring teaspoon every 6-12 hours. Extreme diarrhea in a 15 year old, however, isn't likely to be helped appreciably by bismuth subsalicylate which shouldn't be given for more than few days in any event. Cats don't tolerate salicylates well. At Oreo's age severe diarrhea often indicates severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and/or gastrointestinal lymphoma.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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