Allopurinol is used to reduce uric acid. It acts as a xanthine oxidase inhibitor, keeping xanthine oxidase from converting oxypurines to uric acid.
Allopurinol comes in two different strengths.
Allopurinol is typically used to prevent acid uroliths, or stones in the urinary tract.
Allopurinol is sometimes used for Leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease in dogs.
Allopurinol is also used as a treatment for gout in birds.
Allopurinol's active metabolite is oxypurinol.
Dalmations are particularly susceptible to acid uroliths.
Allopurinol does not increase the amount of renal uric acid.
Allopurinol should be used cautiously in patients with low renal or hepatic function.
Allopurinol may not be safe in pregnant or nursing animals.
This treatment should be given with a low purine diet.
Allopurinol should not be used if allergic reactions have occurred.
Treatment may increase the toxicity of azothioprine and mercaptopurine.
Allopurinol may increase the effect of warfarin.
Details About Allopurinol
"Allopurinol is used to reduce uric acid in pets."
Allopurinol Is Used To Treat These Symptoms
Hyperuricosuric Calcium Oxalate Uroliths
Recurrent Uric Acid Uroliths
Possible Side Effects When Using Allopurinol
If any of these side effects occur, contact your veterinarian immediately.
When Using Allopurinol...
Your dog should be given a low purine diet.
- Check your dog's treats and foods to make sure they meet this dietary restriction.
Caution should be used if your pet is also taking...
- Uricosuric agents
- Urinary acidifiers
The safety of Allopurinol in pregnant or nursing dogs has not been proven. Use Allopurinol with caution in pregnant or nursing dogs.
Always follow the advice of your veterinarian when giving Allopurinol.
Our Information Is Not Intended To Replace The Advice Of Your Veterinarian
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