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.
NOTE: Pancreatic enzymes are available in tablet form as PancreVed.
Cats and Dogs
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.
Pancrezyme is a concentrate derived from whole raw pancreas of porcine origin, and therefore should not be given to pets allergic to pork. Pet parents should avoid inhaling the powder since it can irritate the mouth. If your pet experiences any side effects such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue or face, hives or diarrhea occur, stop giving Pancrezyme and seek emergency veterinary medical attention.
Pancrezyme (Virbac), Viokase-V (Fort Dodge)
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.
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.
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 your 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 your pet.
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. Avoid inhaling the powder as it might irritate the mouth. Store Pancrezyme at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.
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.
Pancrezyme should not be given to pets allergic to it, or to pets allergic to pork. Pet parents should avoid inhaling the powder as it might irritate the mouth.
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). Discontinue 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 your pet.
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.
The pet parent should avoid inhaling powder as it might irritate the mouth. This product is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
Keep tightly closed in a cool, dry place. Keep out of the reach of children.
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO dog and cat food nutrient profiles.
CALORIE CONTENT (ME-CALCULATED): 3763 kcal/kg, 10.5 kcal/teaspoon
INGREDIENTS: Dried porcine pancreas, lactose.
aContains a source of amylase which can hydrolyze starch. 1 USP Unit decomposes starch at an initial rate such that 0.16 µEq of glycosidic linkage is hydrolyzed under standard conditions of the assay.
bContains a source of protease which can hydrolyze proteins. 1 USP Unit hydrolyzes casein at an initial rate such that there is liberated per minute an amount of peptides not preciptated by trichloroacetic acid that gives the same absorbance at 280 nm as
15 nmol of tyrosine.
cContains a source of lipase which can hydrolyze triglycerides. 1 USP Unit liberates
1.0 µEq of acid per minute at a pH of 9.0 and 37°C.