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What is Methigel?

Methigel is a supplemental source of di-methionine and aids in maintaining a low urine pH. When combined with a proper diet, Methigel helps maintain a healthy, natural urinary tract.
For: Cats and Dogs (over one year of age)
 
Benefits:
Helps eliminate urinary tract infections
Treats bladder infections
Aids in controlling urine odors
Easy to administer

How it works:
Methigel’s active ingredient is dl-methionine, an amino acid that acidifies your pet’s urine. Since bacteria don't thrive in an acid environment, this helps fight infections.

Cautions:
Methigel should not be given to animals with liver or kidney disease. It should not be used with other urinary acidifying products. This product is not intended for use in pregnant or nursing animals. Give Methigel with food, since it may cause gastro-intestinal upset when fed on an empty stomach.


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Brand Name
Methigel
Generic Name
dl-methionine

Active ingredients:
Corn Syrup, Malt Syrup, Soybean Oil, dl-methionine, Cod Liver Oil, Cne Molasses, Methylcellulose, Water, Sodium Benzoate (preservative)

What is this product used for:
Methigel is a supplemental source of methionine which is a urinary acidifier.

Availability:
Methigel is a non-prescription (OTC) product containing 400mg DL-Methionine per teaspoon (6 grams).

How this product should be used:
The usual dose in cats at least 1 year in age is ½-1 teaspoonful daily. The usual dose in dogs at least 1 year in age is 1 teaspoonful daily. To stimulate taste interest, place a small amount of Methigel on the animal¿s nose or directly into the mouth.

What are the side effects:
Large doses of Methigel may cause gastro-intestinal upset when fed on an empty stomach.

What special precautions are there:
This medication should not be given to animals with liver or kidney disease. This product should not be used with other urinary acidifying diets. This product is not intended for use in pregnant or nursing animals. Give this medication with food.

In the event of overdose:
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room.

How should I store this product:
Store this medication at room temperature. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.

Directions:
Methigel is an extremely palatable supplemental substance. It can be given directly by mouth (see dosage below) or placed on the animals nose to stimulate interest.
Tip: Large doses may cause gastrointestinal upset when fed on an empty stomach, so consider giving this to your pet after feeding.
Dosage:

Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs All weights 1 teaspoon daily
Cats All weights ½ - 1 teaspoon daily
Horses:

Storage:
Store in a cool place.

Methigel:

Guaranteed Analysis (per teaspoon)

Amount
Dl-Methionine 400 mg (6.7%)
Ingredients:
Corn Syrup, Malt Syrup, Soybean Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Cane Molasses, Methylcellulose, Water, Sodium Benzoate (preservative).
Methigel Urinary Acidifier 3.5 5 19 19
WORKS WONDERS HELP MY DOG TO WANT TO USE THE RESTROOM AGAIN AND RELIEVED THE PAIN UNTIL THE INFECTION WAS CLEAR AND THE PAIN WENT AWAY USED FOR FEW WEEKS WORK WONDERS 05/12/2011
Methigel The intention of this product in lowering urine ph, as well as treating or peventing urinary tract infection has been a mixed bag of success in my experience and opinion. For many years, long time veterinary practitioners routinely used urinary tract acidifiers, such as methigel, especially in cats, to hopefully allow the pet to produce a urine where any crystals formed would dissolve, thus theoretically preventing mucous plug formation and/or urinary tract stones and blockages. A lower urinary ph would also potentially make secondary infection of the bladder lining much less likely. And while the latter is true in many cases, the problem with lowering the urine ph by artificially manipulating the diet of pets or through supplements like this, is that many times the urine ph is lowered too much, sometimes leading to increased development of other types of urinary tract stones called calcium oxylate stones, which have been seen in increasing numbers in recent years. Some veterinarians trace the increase in these more difficult to treat calcium oxylate stones to the use of additives to the foods of dogs and cats to lower urine ph, as well as the overzealous use of urinary tract acidifying agents like this. And while this product does serve a purpose in helping particularly those pets prone to the still more common struvite crystals and stones, which can develop at high urine ph, the use of this product must be monitored closely through periodic urine checks at your vet, in order to make sure that other types of crystals like calcium oxylate crystals are not developing. The other problem I have had with products like this is occasional GI upset if given on an empty stomach, as well as sometimes complicating those pets with certain metabolic problems of their kidneys and particularly certain liver disorders. An animal guardian should therefore always check with their veterinarian, even before starting an over the counter product like this. With the above limitations, I therefore give this product an overall rating of 3, efficacy a 3, and ease of use/taste a 4. 01/26/2009
This is a great product that I highly recommend. My dog has had urine blockages since, a puppy. Used another product, but upset his stomach. I used this and in two days my dog was much better, with pain relief. I only keep my dog on it until his blockage is gone. He loves, loves, loves, the taste. Gently, licks off my finger. If your dog squats and finds it hard to urinate do try this product! 03/25/2014
Methigel Urinary Acidfier My cat won't touch it..can't blame her because it smells so bad. 11/22/2013
My cat loves this product It seems to work well and my cat comes running for it. My only question is judging just how much to give and not over doing a good thing. 02/24/2013
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1 year, 3 months ago
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If using one teaspoon daily there will be aprox 26 doses per tube.
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Methigel is not used to treat a urinary infection. It is used to promote a healthy urinary tract. However, if an infection occurs, the pet will require an antibiotic. You will need to have your pet examined by your veterinarian and he/she will determine the antibiotic to use.
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Only under the supervision of a vetinarian. If the urine ph gets too low, it can create calcium oxilate stones so monitoring ph level while using this product is my advice and your vet can help you with that.
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NO...! Unless specifically told to do so by a Vet, and even then I might get a second opinion.
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Get to the vet right away! I just went through this with my male cat...he is 8....was blocked, they had to put a catheter in him for 3 days...he had a large crystal in his bladder that had caused an infection...he was in the hospital for 4 days...poor thing, but he is better now....stick to a low PH and magnesium diet for him...special diet foods are for urinary tract health, ....don't delay, take him today!!!!
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Take him/her to your vet for urine test, especially if it's a male cat. If he get's blocked, it can be very serious and expensive !! Is your cat urinating outside of litterbox or hiding? These are a couple of signs of UT infections. If caught early enough, usually antibiotic is all that is needed. If the problem continues to happen you may have to go to a prescription food.
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Does it prevent or can you give it to your cat when they have a urinary tract infection.
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Helps eliminate urinary tract infections. When combined with a proper diet, Methigel helps maintain a healthy, natural urinary tract.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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