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Cave: Kaopectate reformulation contains aspirin-derivate
Kaopectate is a very popular over-the-counter diarrhea treatment for humans which is often also used in cats and dogs with and without recommendation of a veterinarian. The new Kaopectate´s formula contains bismuth subsalicylate, which may cause salicylate toxicosis in cats that are overdosed.

The `old` Kaopectate contained attapulgite, an inert clay aluminum.

Veterinarians have recommended Kaopectate off-label to treat diarrhea in cats and dogs, particularly for clients who are unable or unwilling to seek immediate veterinary care, AVMA officials say.

The range of recommended aspirin-derivative dosages that have been published for cats is 10 mg/kg every other day to 25 mg/kg every day, officials add.
A tablespoon of reformulated Kaopectate contains 130 mg aspirin equivalent, and extra-strength Kaopectate contains approximately 230 mg aspirin equivalent.
A tablespoon of extra-strength Kaopectate given to a 5-pound cat would yield approximately 100 mg/kg aspirin equivalent and would likely result in toxicosis, says Dr. Steve Hansen, a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and director of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals` Animal Poison Control Center.

Salicylates should only be administered to cats under veterinary supervision. Some dogs are also sensitive to salicylates.

Source: Kaopectate reformulation poses danger to cats. In: DVM Newsmagazine January 1, 2004. www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/





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