Commonly-Prescribed Cardiology Medication
If your pet has been diagnosed with heart disease or a heart condition, your cardiologist may prescribe medical management. Medications for animals come in different forms (tablet, capsule, liquid) and many of these medications can be purchased at your local pharmacy with a prescription from your veterinarian. Click below to view our most commonly prescribed cardiology medications and their side effects. If you have concerns about your pet since starting a new medication or a new dose of medication, contact your cardiology team immediately.
Click here for a list of commonly-prescribed cardiology medications .
Enoxaparin (Lovenox) Preparation
Enoxaparin is a medication that is primarily used to help reduce the risk for intra-vascular (in blood vessels) clot formation secondary to other systemic illness. Enoxaparin is a low-molecular weight heparin and works to inhibit the body’s natural clotting mechanisms. In doing so, cats and dogs with certain types of heart disease or endocrine disease, which may predispose to clot formation (i.e. hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, Cushing’s disease, renal disease, or chronic inflammatory bowel disease) are protected from the adverse effects associated with obstruction to blood flow from clot formation. Intra-vascular clot formation may result in everything from no symptoms to complete paralysis of the hind limbs, renal failure, seizures, etc. This medication is typically provided in a pre-dosed syringe intended for human administration, however due to the small size of veterinary patients, it often must be injected into a separate small sterile vial for smaller sampling using an insulin syringe and given as an injection under the skin. Side effects of this medication are rare in animals, and may include excessive bruising tendencies in animals with hair thinning. Overdoses may result in excessive bleeding such as bleeding from the nose, urinary tract, or gastrointestinal tract, and if these are identified, consultation with a veterinarian is recommended.
Click here for a step-by-step guide on preparing enoxaparin for injection.
Compounding is defined as the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Customization can be made to vehicle of delivery (liquid, tablet, capsule) and medication strength, taking into account the very littlest of our patients all the way through to the very biggest. In many cases, compounding also allows for the addition of flavoring to meet the needs of our most picky patients. Click here to find a list of our preferred compounding pharmacies.
In some situations, your cardiologist may prescribe an inhalent medicaiton for your pet. While pets generally tolerate this very well, we recommend coming into our office for a demonstration on how to use the inhaler the first time.
Click here for information on adminstrating inhaled medications to your pet.
Purchasing Inhaled Medications
The inhalant medication your veterinarian prescribes may be purchased at several different online pharmacies. Delivery may take up to one month to receive in the mail, so please plan accordingly. You will be sent home with two written prescriptions for Flovent. One for you to take to your local pharmacy for immediate filling and the other to mail to the online pharmacy you select. Please go online and set up an account with the pharmacy you choose and place the order for this medication. The pharmacy will contact us for approval.
The pharmacy we most often recommend is: PlanetDrugs or call 1-888-791-3784. This pharmacy offers generic Flovent (Fluticasone).
*Please contact the pharmacy directly for current pricing.