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What is Pancrezyme?

Pancrezyme (pancreatic enzymes) is used to treat pancreatic insufficiency or maldigestion syndrome. It's used in pets whose bodies are not making a sufficient amount of pancreatic enzymes. Pancrezyme requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Cats and Dogs

Benefits:
  • Effective treatment for Pancreatic Insufficiency Disorder (PID)
  • Restores pet to healthy weight (weight loss is often associated with PID)
  • FDA-approved for use in cats and dogs
How it Works:

Pancrezyme is a form of pancreatic enzymes normally produced by the pancreas for the purpose of digesting and absorbing fats, proteins, and carbohydrates It is used for those pets in which the enzymes are not produced naturally and in sufficient quantity.

Cautions:

Pancrezyme is a concentrate derived from whole raw pancreas of porcine origin, and therefore should not be given to pets allergic to pork. Pet owners should avoid inhaling the powder since it can irritate the mouth. If any of the following side effects occur, stop giving Pancrezyme and seek emergency veterinary medical attention

Brand Name:

Pancrezyme (Virbac), Viokase-V (Fort Dodge)

Generic Name:

Pancreatic Enzymes

What is Pancrezyme:

Pancrezyme consists of enzymes naturally produced by the pancreas necessary for the digestion of food. Pancrezyme is used as a digestive aid and as replacement therapy for inadequate digestion due to pancreatic insufficiency. Pancreatic enzymes are derived from whole, raw pancreas of pork origin. Pancrezyme may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Pancrezyme to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has an allergy to pork. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given antacids such as Maalox, H2 blockers such as cimetidine or proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

What is the most important information I should know about Pancrezyme:

Pancrezyme is a prescription medication FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs and cats. Pancrezyme is available as a powder. (For tablets, see our PancreVed product page) Each 1 teaspoonful of powder (2.8 Gm) contains Lipase (71,400 USP Units), Protease (388,000 USP Units) and Amylase (460,000 USP Units). The usual dose of Pancrezyme powder in dogs is 3/4-1 teaspoonful mixed with each meal. After mixing, allow the mixture to stand for 15-20 minutes before feeding it to the pet. For cats, the usual dose of Pancrezyme powder is 1/4-3/4 teaspoonful of the powder mixed with each meal. After mixing, allow the mixture to stand for 15-20 minutes before feeding it to the pet.

How should this medication be given:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. The pet owner should avoid inhaling the powder as it might irritate the mouth. Pancrezyme should be given with food. Mix the powder with the pets food and let stand for 15-20 minutes before feeding the pet. Store Pancrezyme at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What should I avoid while giving Pancrezyme to my pet:

Pancrezyme should not be given to pets allergic to it, or to pets allergic to pork. The pet owner should avoid inhaling the powder as it might irritate the mouth.

What are the possible side effects of Pancrezyme:

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Pancrezyme and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives). Continue giving Pancrezyme and talk to your veterinarian if your pet experiences diarrhea or loose stools. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Pancrezyme:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given antacids such as Maalox, H2 blockers such as cimetidine or proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Pancrezyme. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Pancrezyme is a digestive aid for pets with pancreatic insufficiency or maldigestion syndrome. It is a prescription medication used in dogs and cats and is available in powder form. (For tablets, see our PancreVed product page)
  • Pancrezyme consists of enzymes naturally produced by the pancreas necessary for the digestion of food.
  • Pancreatic enzymes are derived from whole, raw pancreas of pork origin.
Tip:

The pet owner should avoid inhaling powder as it might irritate the mouth.

Dosage:
Dogs:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
Give 3/4-1 teaspoonful of the powder thoroughly mixed in with each meal. After mixing, allow the mixture to stand for 15-20 minutes before feeding it to the pet
Cats:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
Give 1/4-3/4 teaspoonful of the powder thoroughly mixed in with each meal. After mixing, allow the mixture to stand for 15-20 minutes before feeding it to the pet
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

Ingredients
PancreVed for Dogs and Cats:
Active Ingredients (per 425mg tablet)
Strength
Lipase
9,000 USP units
Protease
57,000 USP units
Amylase
64,000 USP units
Vitamin A
1,000 IU
Vitamin D3
100 IU
Vitamin E
1,000 IU
Customer Reviews
Pancrezyme is rated 4.6863 out of 5 by 51.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Works like magic, but not available right now and manufacturer has no idea when it might come back. BIG PROBLEM for my cat.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific Product Our Airedale Terrier is 12 years old and has had a pancreatic enzyme disorder for several years! Guaranteed she would not be here without this medicine added to her meals. Her energy level is great and she is maintaining a good weight.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Results Over a period of about 4 months our Bearded Collie's weight dropped from 67 lbs. to 57. He had a big appetite, but food would go in one end & right out the other. Our vet prescribed a change in diet, but the problem persisted. She then suggested adding a powdered enzyme to his food. I've been putting Pancrezyme on his food 3 times a day for the last week with amazing results after only 2 days. His feces now look normal, & his coat which had become so very dry is beginning to get it's silky texture back. I think he may have already gained a pound or so. I have only the highest praise for this product & hope others find it equally effective.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life saving product! Zoe is a German Shepherd. She was 2 years old when she was diagnosed with EPI. She is now 4 and we have been using the Pancrezyme powder since then and haven't looked back. As long as the enzymes are on her food she never has any problem digesting her food. Nobody can believe that she has this disease. because she looks so healthy. Just wish the price wasn't so high as we go through the largest bottle of powder in one month.
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This has been a miracle !!!! In one day a difference in my dogs stool. She is more content and now just waiting for the weight she has lost to start returning. I must admit next month I am trying a generic brand because I need a product under $ 100 a mo.
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chow, Female.......diagnosis EPI at 6 months old... now almost 5 yrs. old. Absolutely recommend VIRBAC Pancrezyme.... will not use any other Brand!. Excellent Results!!!
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pancrezyme This enzyme saved my dogs life! He was losing weight very quickly because he was unable to digest his food.since starting this prescription , Yoda has regained weight and energy! Awesome stuff!
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved Remi's life Our 4 yr old lab mix started losing weight Oct 2013-vet said she was fine but we knew something was wrong. Cowpie stools, ravenously eating but still dropping weight. Finally hit on Pancrezyme and Milk Thistle pill combo after convincing vet we were NOT giving up on her. Cross country move in April put a rush on the timeline.....did not think she would make it. Started using product in March, by April she went from 64 lbs to her usual 95+. We are thankful daily we didn't give up on her. Small price to pay to give her (and us) more wonderful years
Date published: 2014-05-21
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Q&A

How much should I give my 7 month old GS mix?

Pearl is a pound rescue I adopted. Husky GS mix. Currently weighs 46lbs. Had Parvo right after being rescued, eats her own poo and has had diarrhea for 3 months now. She also has extreme hip dysplasia. Poor thing. Anyway she has been on metronidazole. I just started the enzymes yesterday. I am using 1/2 teaspoon. Mix it in wet food and then put it on top of dry. Then let it sit 15 to 20 minutes before feeding. Is that a good enough amount?
Asked by: PattyB
Sure, that is a good amount. The dose can only be determined by your veterinarian and may be adjusted over time based on her response.
Answered by: Kelly P
Date published: 2015-04-09

does pancrezyme come in 4 oz bottles

Asked by: Anonymous
Thank you for your question. No, this is only dispensed in an 8 or 12 ounce bottle.
Answered by: Maureen PetMeds Pro
Date published: 2014-05-14

How much Pancrezyme is too much for an 8 lb. dog?

Asked by: Anonymous
This medication is not dosed based on pets weight, you will need to discuss with your veterinarian the appropriate dose for your pet based on the severity of your dog's condition.
Answered by: Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-04-16

will Pancrezyme cause bad breath and dogie odor

16 lb Westie Malaki Pancrezyme was started 6 days ago . Good results ,diarrhea stopped , energy back ,Malaki is experiencing bad breath and odor is this normal ? After reading this site we realized we were not waiting 15 to 20 minutes before feeding, could that cause a problem ?
Asked by: sam
yes, if you were not waiting the 15 to 20 minutes before feeding....that could be the culprit. You should notice an improvement now that you are using it correctly. If you dont, please notify your vet to make sure there is no issue with the dog's gums.
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2014-03-11

Pancrezyme and sore dog gums

My dog has been using Pancrezyme mixed with water and incubated 20 minutes on food before eating. His mouth lining way back in the cheeks are sore. What keeps the activated enzymes that stay in the mouth caught in cheek areas from starting to eat the lining of the dogs mouth? I give him extra broth with water afterwards but he uses enzymes 3 times a day. I am worried about his gums getting in poor shape and hence his teeth.
Asked by: jilbert
Consult your veterinarian if your pet is experiencing side effects from the drug. Pancreved tablets may be an option.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2013-02-19

When to add supplements?

my jack russell takes 3 potassium citrate tablets mixed in his food at dinner. He also takes an omega oil cap and cosequin over his breakfast. when i start adding Pancrezyme to his food and letting it set, should I leave the supplements out of the 'enzymed' mix or is it ok for these things to stew too/ The potassium citrate are time released. i add them to his food to prevent stomach ache. Also, how long does the pancrezyme stay in the stomach? if I give a dog biscuit 20 minutes after dinner will the pancrezyme digest that too? Thank you.
Asked by: jilbert
I would not recommend adding the supplements to the food with the pancrezyme, you can give them with the meal at the time of feeding. The pancrezyme may no tbe effective 20 minutes after the meal has been given, most of the enzymes would have already been used up to digest the meal.
Answered by: Janine M./Pharmacist
Date published: 2012-07-17

will dog stop making own enzymes?

my dog has pancreatitis and the plant based digestive enzymes are not doing the job. they recommended pancrezyme. My dog still makes his own digestive enzymes, just not great. If I use the pancrezyme will it make it so his system doesn't know how to make its own digestive enzymes? or if i stop use will he go back to making his own. thank you.
Asked by: jilbert
The pancrezyme will not on its own cause his digestive system to stop producing enzymes; however, with time as the disease progress his pancreas might stop or produce even less of his own enzymes.
Answered by: Janine M./Pharmacist
Date published: 2012-07-17

At 4 teaspoons a day how many days will 12oz last

Asked by: Ryder
Hi- I too am just starting the pancrezyme for my 19 lb jack russell. So with pancreatitis it says 3 small meals a day. I figure at 1 teaspoon each meal thats 3 teaspoons a day. I was approximating 1 oz is 6 teaspoons and at this rate a 12 oz bottle would last me approximately 24 days. i will let you know when i actually use it.
Answered by: jilbert
Date published: 2012-07-14
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