Kaopectate (also contains attapulgite)
Store in airtight container protected from freezing.
Treatment of diarrhea.
Unknown if any have FDA
approval in veterinary medicine. Available over
the counter. Suspected to work by absorbing bacteria
and toxins in the intestine and coating the lining of the
intestines for additional protection. Kaopectate now has attapulgite
as the adsorbent instead of kaolin.
If the diarrhea continues for more than 48 hours or the pet
does not continue to be active and alert, contact your veterinarian.
Further treatment may be needed. Bismuth salicylate (Pepto
Bismol) may be more effective than kaolin/pectin in dogs and
Dose and Administration
Dogs and Cats: 0.5-1.0 ml/pound by
mouth every 4-6 hours. Treatment should only be needed for
1-2 days. If the vomiting and/or diarrhea persists for more
than 48 hours; the pet has a fever, is depressed or shows
abdominal pain; or the pet does not continue to be active
and alert, contact your veterinarian. Further treatment may
May see constipation at high doses.
Do not use in patients hypersensitive
(allergic) to it.
not use it to control severe diarrhea.
not use products containing bismuth salicylate in cats unless
directed by your veterinarian. Dogs that may have an allergy
to aspirin should not be given the formulation with bismuth
salicylate. Use with caution in dogs receiving aspirin.
well before use.
or Food Interactions
May inhibit the absorption of lincomycin and digoxin. Give
kaolin/pectin at least 2 hours before or 3-4 hours after the
other medication if both drugs are to be used.
known food interactions.
May see constipation.
Keep this and all other medications out of the
reach of children and pets.
If you think your pet has been poisoned...
Contact your veterinarian or one of the Animal
Poison Hotlines (listed below) if you think your
pet may have accidentally received or been given an
overdose of the medication.
**ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center
1-888-4ANI-HELP (1-888-426-4435). $65.00 per
case, billed to caller's credit card.
Follow-up calls can be made for no additional
charge by dialing 888-299-2973.
There is no charge when the call involves a product
covered by the Animal Product Safety Service.
**Pet Poison Helpline - 24-hour service available
throughout North America for pet owners and veterinary
professionals who require assistance with treating
a potentially poisoned pet.
1-800-213-6680 ($35.00 per incident). Staffed
24-hours a day.