What is Sucralfate?
Sucralfate is a prescription medication used in dogs, cats, and horses to treat ulcers. Although Sucralfate is not FDA-approved for use in veterinary medicine, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs, cats, and horses. Sucralfate requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.
Dogs, Cats, and Horses
- Coats and protects ulcers against further damage from acids and enzymes
- May help prevent ulcers from forming, which can happen when a pet is given aspirin or NSAIDs
How it Works:
Sucralfate works to prevent and treat ulcers that form in the mouth, throat, esophagus, and intestines. Sucralfate works with the acids in the stomach to form a paste over the ulcers and prevent further damage.
Use Sucralfate with caution in pregnant or nursing animals.
What is the most important information I should know about sucralfate:
Sucralfate is a prescription medication not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs, cats, and horses. Sucralfate is available as 1 Gm tablets. The usual dose for dogs is 1/2 to 1 tablet by mouth 3 times a day. For cats, the usual dose is 1/4 to 1/2 tablet by mouth every 8 to 12 hours. For horses, the usual dose is 4.5 mg to 9 mg per pound 4 times a day.
What is Sucralfate:
Sucralfate is used to treat ulcer by coating the ulcer protecting it from further damage. It is used to treat ulcers of the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine r to prevent ulcers in those animals being givens aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Sucralfate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving sucralfate to my pet:
Tell your veterinarian if your pet is constipated or has megacolon. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or nursing.
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. Sucralfate should be given on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after, a meal. Unless directed otherwise, crush the tablet for better absorption. Store sucralfate 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 happens if I overdose the pet:
Signs of overdose are rare but may include constipation. If overdose is suspected, contact your veterinarian.
What should I avoid while giving Sucralfate to my pet:
Sucralfate should not be used in animals allergic to it. Use sucralfate with caution in pregnant, or nursing females.
What are the possible side effects of Sucralfate:
If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving sucralfate and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives). Sucralfate may cause constipation. 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 Sucralfate:
Sucralfate may affect the absorption of many other medications. Do not give any medications within 2 hours of giving Sucralfate. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with sucralfate. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements.
Where can I get more information:
Your pharmacist has additional information about Sucralfate written for health professionals that you may read.
Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
- Sucralfate should be given on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after food.
Crush the tablet for better absorption.
1/2 to 1 tablet by mouth 3 times a day.
Should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and light.
Sucralfate is rated
Rated 4 out of
Worked for my cat
My 8-pound cat, for several months, seemed to be burping a lot. Sometimes he would act as if he had something caught in his throat. Sometimes his appetite was "off." The vet suggested carafate to be administered as a slurry, and within a few days, his symptoms disappeared. He eats well and no more burping. So I gave this drug five stars for effectiveness. It was sometimes easy to use, but the 1/4 pill took a while to "melt" into a slurry and pieces would get stuck in the syringe. I have no idea how it tastes, but my cat didn't seem to object, but then again, he didn't have a choice; it is shot down his throat through the syringe. I'm just glad it worked!
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 5 out of
I have a 6 year old Shih tzu that I rescued from a puppy mill 2 years ago, this past spring he started to vomit and stopped eating, many visits to the vet with X-rays and even an exploratory surgery! Stomach ulcers, excess stomach acids the works....finally put on carafate for 2 weeks then he started to eat again, but every time we stopped it he would get sick again so finally our vet said he will stay on a maintainance dose for ever, thank goodness!
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 5 out of
my dog is well due to this medication
I have a 2 year old Shih Tzu. When I first brought her home she would throw up. This progressed into diarrhea. This has been going on for 2 years. I have had her at the vets office every couple of months. He felt she has inflammable bowel diease. So started the progression of different types of bland foods. Nothing is working. He would give her antibiotics and sucralfate for short periods to clear her up. Just this last Sept. She was bleeding from the bowel and in her urine. She has been on sucralfate since then. I crush it and give it to her 2 times a day, an hour before I feed her. I tried to cut her down to once a day, but she started throwing up again. My vet said the last thing we could do would be to keep her on a low dose predisone for the rest of her life. We will be gone until April so I won't be seeing the vet until I get back but he sent me with enough sucralfate until I get home . That means my dog will be on it for over 6 months. I don't know if she can stay on it her whole life. I hope she can as there are so many side effects from predisone. There is nothing else we can do for her..either medicate or she dies from bleeding ulcers. But it's been so nice to have her well for so long because of this medication.
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 5 out of
What a difference
My Dalmation, Jessie, is having a hard time since I've had to put her on prevacox. We started her on this product and with just two treatments, there's a big difference. She's actually asking me for food again. My vet had me desolve the tablet in a syringe with water and then dispense in her mouth. Much easier than trying to get yet another pill down her tummy. And since it's already disolved, it's working immediately. Love, love, love this!
Date published: 2011-09-10