Compounded Calcitriol (Rocaltrol, Active Vitamin D3)
This medication is used in both humans and animals. It is important to note that the strength given to humans is often not suitable for animals. Most prescriptions for animals require a compounded medication. In cats and dogs, Calcitriol can be used to treat hypocalcemia (low blood calcium). This medication can also be used to treat some skin conditions and cancers in dogs. This medication takes several doses before you see any effect. In fact, it may take several weeks of taking Calcitriol before any effects are evident. The true benefits of the medication to your animal’s health may not be seen outwardly. Your veterinarian may require additional tests in order to monitor the effectiveness. Calcitriol does require a prescription from your veterinarian in order to be dispensed. You and your veterinarian should discuss if this is the best option for your pet.
Calcitriol is given orally and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits your pet. We compound this medication into a suspension that is at the correct dose for your animal. It is important to note that the strength given to humans is often not suitable for animals. Calcitriol is best given on an empty stomach. If your animal vomits after receiving the medication on an empty stomach, you may give with a small amount of food or treat. Calcitriol should be given as instructed on your prescription. If you miss a dose do not double up on the medication. Wait until the next dose is due and follow the normal dosing schedule as directed.
While your animal is on this medication, they should be monitored for signs of hypercalcemia and hypocalcemia. Greater thirst, increased need to urinate, and poor appetite may indicate the calcium levels are too high. Muscle tremors, twitching, facial itching, stiffness, weakness, unsteadiness, and behavioral changes may indicate low calcium levels. If you see any of these symptoms while on Calcitriol please contact your veterinarian. Overdoses of this medication can be serious. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or poison control.
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