Itraconazole for Dogs

by Jane Meggitt Google
    Wrapping an itraconazole pill in a piece of cheese helps the medicine go down.

    Wrapping an itraconazole pill in a piece of cheese helps the medicine go down.

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    If your dog's diagnosed with a fungal infection, your veterinarian might prescribe itraconazole to clear it up. Marketed under the trade name Sporonox, this medication treats various fungal problems with few side effects. However, it can interact with other drugs, so let your vet know of any medications you give your dog, including those purchased over the counter.

    Itraconazole and Fungal Infections

    If your dog suffers from ringworm, yeast dermatitis, aspergillosis, candida or other fungal infections, itraconazole can kill off the fungal culprit by inhibiting the growth of certain enzymes. Available in pill and oral solution form, itraconazole usually is well-tolerated. Some dogs might experience vomiting and diarrhea after ingesting the drug. If your dog loses his appetite after taking the drug for a long period, discontinue the medication and call your vet. That's a sign of toxicity with long-term use. Pregnant or nursing dogs, or those with liver disease shouldn't take itraconazole.

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    About the Author

    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, her work has appeared in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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