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What is Epakitin Powder?

Epakitin is a nutritional supplement powder for dogs and cats that helps support kidney function and also limits phosphorus absorption from the intestines.

For:

Dogs and Cats

Benefits:
  • Palatable easy-to-administer powder
  • Helps support kidney (renal) function
How it Works:

Epakitin's active ingredient, chitosan, is a natural polysaccharide derived from shells of shrimp and crab. This ingredient naturally binds phosphorus, which limits the absorption of phosphorus from the intestines. This limitation helps pets with chronic kidney (renal) disease by slowing down damage caused by the disease.

Cautions:

None.

Brand Name:

Epakitin Powder

Active Ingredient(s):

Lactose, Calcium carbonate, Chitosan, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein.

What is this product used for:

Epakitin is a nutritional supplement used to safely and effectively support kidney function as well as helping to slow down the progression of chronic kidney disease.

Availability:

Epakitin is an OTC nutritional supplement.

How this product should be used:

Give 1 gram per 11 lbs (5 kg) of body weight n the morning and the evening mixed with food. One level dosing spoon (provided) contains 1 gram of Epakitin. Allow free access to fresh water while using this product. Administration can be life long.

What are the side effects:

There are no reported side effects.

What special precautions are there:

Epakitin is a nutritional supplement for use in dogs and cats. Allow free access to fresh water while using this product.

In the event of an overdose:

Contact a veterinarian or veterinary emergency room.

How should I store this product:

Store this product in a cool dry place. Keep out of the reach of children.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Epakitin is a nutritional supplement powder for dogs and cats that helps support kidney function and also limits phosphorus absorption from the intestines.
Tip:

Allow free access to fresh water during administration.

Dosage:
Dogs/Cats
Weight
Dosage
All weights
1g/5Kg body weight given orally in the morning and the evening mixed with food. One level dosing spoon (provided) contains 1 gram of Epakitin.
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store in a cool dry place.

Ingredients
Epakitin:
Active Ingredients:
Lactose
Calcium Carbonate
Chitosan
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein
4.6% Min.
Crude Fat
0.5% Max.
Moisture
1.35% Max.
Crude Fiber
0.5% Max.
Ash
10.5% Max.
Calcium
3.7% Min.
Phosphorus
0.01% Max.
Potassium
0.024% Min.
Sodium
0.015% Min.
Customer Reviews
Epakitin Powder is rated 4.6875 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The numbers don't lie :) Last April our 14 year old chocolate lab was diagnosed with renal disease with approx 25% kidney function. By June it had dropped to approx 13% function. He was then started on Epakitin and was retested yesterday (approx 4 months after starting the product). We just got the call . . . his numbers have not changed since his June test. We are thrilled to say the least!!
Date published: 2014-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product is Awesome! 19-yr. old cat was diagnosed with kidney disease 18 mo. ago. Bloodwork numbers were going down (bad). A friend recommended Epakitin. Within 2 days, the cat got up off the sofa, started eating, he's gained weight, and got back to living again! Best of all, bloodwork numbers WENT UP (vet was amazed)!! I never ever thought this stuff would work, but it did!!! SO SO SO glad I bought this product, I highly recommend it!!
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful After my adopted cat was diagnosed with renal failure, this was prescribed. Just 1 spoonful mixed in with her food has brought great results. After only one week, she has put on one ounce! This is definitely a step in the right direction. This supplement works!
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Windy was in total Kidney failure in Sept 2013. Using this and Azodyl. Her #'s went fromm BUN77 to BUN 33!! This doesn't happen!! Between Prayers and GODs guidance she is doing great!!
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable product...a lifesaver Buttercup was diagnosed with severe kidney failure in Spring of 2010 and i was told that I should probably put her down....she was only 6 years old and by the time they had her stabilized and diagnosed I was $1200 in. I had the choice of having a $1200 dead cat or seeing her through and hoping for the best. While the total initial care rose to about 3x that amount and the special food and meds have added a few thousand more over the time since then, she is now nearly 10 years old and her kidney failure has gone from severe down to moderate....very rare for that to happen I am told. The only meds she has been on that entire time is Epikitin....so needless to say, it come HIGHLY recommended by me. I am very grateful for the extra time I have had with my sweetie Buttercup
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from significant improvement in 2 week My cat's vet prescribed epakitin for my 16 year old cat after his test results showed his phosphorous levels were above normal. he has chronic kidney disease. After about 2 weeks of daily use twice a day, went for a recheck and the phosphorous levels are now normal. 6/14/2013: Phosphorus 9.200 mg/dL 6/29/2013: Phosphorus 5.7 mg/dL normal range is 2.400 - 8.200 mg/dL
Date published: 2013-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Lifesaver... Seriously. In October 2010, my 11-ish-year-old Bella hid under the bed for almost a solid week. When we were finally able to get her to come out, she could barely walk a straight line and even collapsed to the floor once or twice before I scooped her up a took her to our vet. She was diagnosed with acute kidney failure and spent 5 days in the hospital. The doctor started her on Azodyl twice a day, Epakitin once a day, and subcutaneous fluids every other day. We were able to stop the fluids after 3 months. (Actually, we HAD to stop the fluids: she had recovered so well that her fight was back in full force.) Nine months later, her labs were within normal limits. We almost lost her, but now we look forward to another few years with our girl.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Far, So Good When No-No, ~15 year old boy cat wasn't eating or drinking, we took him to the vet to find the problem. We found that he had renal failure and the prognosis was bleak, at best. So far, 4 weeks later, he is back to his "abnormal" self and all is working. The Epakitin is working! Also found out that after all these years of feeding my cats only dry food....they are really living in a constant state of dehydration, as they age. We've added wet food to the daily diet.
Date published: 2012-02-17
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Q&A

What kind of food?

For those finding success with this product, are you feeding your pet the prescription kidney food or regular food? My cats won't eat the prescription kidney food so I'm hoping I can use this along with regular food so they will eat.
Asked by: Jem
My dog won't touch the kidney food either. We use nutri grain free wet food. Turkey stew. They may make cat food too. Not sure. Worth checking out.
Answered by: Peekapoo
Date published: 2016-06-29

What country is this product produced in? 

Asked by: Love animals
Epakitin is produced in the U.S.A. The manufacturer for this product is Vetoquinol.
Answered by: Cherley Petmeds Pro
Date published: 2016-03-11

Epakitin and Azodyl?

My cat has stage 1 kidney disease. Can I give him both Epakitin and Azodyl?
Asked by: Jem
Hi there, Sorry to hear the issue your cat is having. When it comes to kidney disease you would need to consult with your vet before changing any medication/supplements that you give to your Furry Friend. The vet would be able to give you the proper medical advice since they know your pet the best.
Answered by: James PetMeds Pro
Date published: 2015-10-02

Use with k/d food?

If a dog is already on food specifically for kidney health, such as Hill's k/d food, will using this product with that food have an added benefit?
Asked by: Alex
This is prescribed however you are using a prescription food so you would definitely need to speak to your vet prior to using.
Answered by: James PetMeds Pro
Date published: 2015-03-31

Dosage for Chihuahua

I have a 2 yr old that weighs between 10 to 13 bls....depends on the time of year. Can I use this as a preventative for renal failure and how much would I give her?
Asked by: Sknicker
Thank you for your question. Each container comes with a scoop which is equivalent to 1gram. 1 gram should be given per 11lbs of body weight. This is not used as a preventative so please consult your vet prior to using this if your furry pal does not have renal failure.
Answered by: Maureen PetMeds Pro
Date published: 2015-02-10

How long will a bottle last?

I was wondering how long would a bottle of Epakitin last for a 7 Pound cat?
Asked by: Amber60
Thank you for your question. One level dosing spoon (provided) contains 1 gram of Epakitin and this is to be given once in the morning and once in the evening; so it should last about 3 months.
Answered by: Maureen PetMeds Pro
Date published: 2014-12-21

Epakitine dosage

My cat has powder put into gel capsules and we give them twice a day, morning and evening. We are away overnight and wonder if we can give the 2nd capsule before we go instead of in the evening. We leave mid afternoon and and are home by 10.30 the next morning. She would have received her morning dose about 8am on the day we go away.. Thank you for your help
Asked by: Lily
Ideally, Epakitin powder should be administered in the morning and evening. Consult your veterinarian to see if the dosing regimen can be altered for your specific pet.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2014-10-13

Does Ipakitine affects antibiotics?

Do I have to separate ipakitine from antibiotics with about 2 hours, as it contains lactose?
Asked by: sysko
This would be dependent on the class of antibiotic your pet is on. Please contact your veterinarian.
Answered by: Stephanie Duesler, Pharm. D, MBA
Date published: 2014-09-29
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