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Sulfasalazine For Dogs

Has your dog been prescribed Sulfasalazine and now you would like to know what it is and the side effects? Are you looking for alternatives for this medication? If your dog has a digestive tract or intestinal disorder, the vet may prescribe this medication. If you are unaware of the benefits or side effects of Sulfasalazine, consult with an Expert for further information. Read below where verified Experts have answered questions regarding sulfasalazine and the uses and treatments for dogs.

What is Sulfasalazine used for in dogs?

Sulfasalazine is a medication used to treat digestive tract and intestinal disorders in dogs. In some cases rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease may also be treated with this drug. This medication mainly works in the intestines by reducing the production of chemicals that mediate inflammation. It can also inhibit prostaglandin.

What are the side effects a dog may experience with Sulfasalazine?

Side effects may occur while on this medications and they include:

  • jaundice
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • rash
  • loss of appetite
  • anemia
  • facial swelling
  • dry eye
  • other eye issues if used long term

Can Sulfasalazine improve a dog’s spinal problem when it was given for a bout of colitis?

Sulfasalazine is a sulfa antibiotic and aspirin (salt of salicylic acid). The aspirin in the drug is making the spinal problem feel better as it is a NSAID.

Could Sulfasalazine tabs for dogs trigger immune-mediated thrombocytopenia?

Any sulfa drugs along with many other medications can possibly trigger immune-mediated thrombocytopenia. Even some antibiotics may cause this. Before starting a dog on medications their veterinarian should be consulted. This essentially is a side effect of the drug. There are many cases of immune-mediated thrombocytopenia where no cause is found.

What is recommended for a dog that now has dry eye from taking Sulfasalazine?

Even with long-term use of this drug it is rare for dry eyes to occur. If this truly is found to be caused by this medication then perhaps another anti-colitis antibiotic should be used such as Metronidazole and Tylan. Neither of which has dry eye as a side effect. Until the Sulfasalazine is out of the dog’s system the dry eye can be treated with cyclosporine drops.

Should colitis be treated naturally or with Sulfasalazine?

Colitis treatment will be based on what caused it. Prescription medications such as metronidazole can be used to treat loose stools. If the stools have blood or mucous which suggests colitis then Sulfasalazine may be needed. Fiber such as Metamucil or pumpkin can be added to the diet. Probiotics and a prescription diet can also be helpful. At home diets can work as well as long as it is bland.

Should cyclosporine or Sulfasalazine be used for a dog that has chronic soft stools despite Tylan, Flaygl and Imodium?

The effectiveness of cyclosporine can vary from dog to dog but it is generally considered a safe drug and might be worth a try. Other options to be considered are Sulfasalazine and Probiotics.

Sulfasalazine can be beneficial for dogs that may be experience intestinal issues such as colitis. You may find you have additional questions about dosage, contraindications, or overdose that need quick answers. Experts can help answer these questions and more so that you have the answers you need when you need them.

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