Drug Name: Kaopectate
Common Name: Kaopectolin®, Kaopectate®, K-P®
Drug Type: Anti-diarrheal
Used For: Diarrhea, stomach upset, nausea
- Species: Dogs
- Administered: Oral liquid
- How Dispensed: Over the counter
FDA Approved: No
Kaolin with Pectin treats diarrhea with it’s absorptive and soothing qualities. It no longer contains the Kaolin or Pectin and new formulations have arisen though the Brand names have stayed the same.
How It Works
In the United States, the new formulation of Kaolin/Pectin is most likely replaced with Bismuth subsalicylate. This drug has anti-inflammatory, mild-antibiotic, antacid, and protective qualities. It is commonly used in humans to treat indigestion and diarrhea, but is sometimes used by veterinarians to treat the same symptoms in dogs. It is not safe to give to cats.
However, kaolin is sometimes replaced with a substance called attapulgite. Attapulgite occurs naturally in clay soil and is used medically to bind to acids and toxins, as well as absorb some bacterias in the digestive tract. Attapulgite is mostly found in formulations outside of the U.S., and its effectiveness is debated.
Keep in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.
Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
Side Effects and Drug Reactions
Kaolin/Pectin may result in these side effects:
- Constipation if used at high doses
- Abdominal Pain
Kaolin/Pectin may react with these drugs:
- Rimadyl (or other NSAIDS)
DO NOT GIVE KAOPECTATE® TO CATS IF THE FORMULATION CONTAINS BISMUTH SUBSALICYLATE
Kaolin/Pectin drugs no longer contain Kaolin. In some newer formulations, Bismuth subsalicylate (also known as Pepto-Bismol®) is used. Pepto-Bismol® is not considered safe for use in cats, so please check the drug label of new formulations of Kaopectate® before administering this drug to your cat.
DO NOT USE IN PETS WITH SEVERE DIARRHEA