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Helps maintain low urine pH in dogs & cats
 
  • Helps eliminate urinary tract infections
  • Treats bladder infections
  • Aids in controlling urine odors
  • Easy to administer
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    Methigel Urinary Acidifier


     
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    What is Methigel?

    Methigel is a supplemental source of DL-Methionine and aids in maintaining a low urine pH. When combined with a proper diet, Methigel helps maintain a healthy, natural urinary tract.
    Methigel
    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 severe liver, kidney or pancreatic disease. It should not be used with other urinary acidifying products. This product is not intended for use in pregnant or nursing pets. Give Methigel with food, since it may cause gastrointestinal upset when fed on an empty stomach.


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    Brand Name
    Methigel
    Generic Name
    DL-Methionine

    Active ingredients per teaspoon (6 grams):
    DL-Methionine

    What is this product used for:
    Methigel helps maintain normal urine pH, which may reduce the occurrence of crystal formation. It also helps control the odor from canine and feline urine residues.

    Availability:
    Methigel is a non-prescription (OTC) product containing 480mg DL-Methionine per teaspoon (6 grams).

    How this product should be used:
    Administer orally. The usual dose in cats at least 1 year in age is ½ 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 your pet's nose or directly into the mouth.

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

    What special precautions are there:
    Safe use in pregnant pets or pets intended for breeding has not been proven. If your pet's condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian. Administer during feeding or after your pet has eaten to reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal upset. This medication should not be given to pets with severe liver, kidney or pancreatic disease.

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

    How should I store this product:
    Store this medication in a cool, dry place. 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 your pet's nose to stimulate interest.
    Tip: Large doses may cause gastrointestinal upset when fed on an empty stomach, so give this to your pet during or after feeding.
    Dosage:

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

    Storage:
    Store in a cool place.

    Methigel:

    Guaranteed Analysis per teaspoon (6 grams)

    Amount
    DL-Methionine 480 mg
    Other Ingredients:
    Cane Molasses, Citric Acid, Corn Syrup, Fish Oil, Gelatin By-Products, Malt Syrup, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Propionate (a preservative), Soybean Oil, Water, Xantham Gum.
    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, 8 months ago
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    If using one teaspoon daily there will be aprox 26 doses per tube.
    1 year, 8 months ago
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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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