Gabapentin (Rx)

  • PRESCRIPTION
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Anxiety

Why our vets recommend it

Gabapentin is a great, fast-acting treatment for anxiety, pain, and seizures with a good safety profile.

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Medication information

What is gabapentin?

Gabapentin can be an effective medication to treat anxiety, pain, and seizures in pets. It helps keep the nervous system from overreacting by modifying the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain, which carry messages between nerve cells. Because every pet will respond differently to oral behavioral medications, you may need to work with your vet to fine-tune your pet’s dosage. While gabapentin is not FDA-approved for use in cats and dogs, it’s commonly prescribed and generally well-tolerated in pets when appropriately prescribed by a veterinarian. 

What does gabapentin treat?

Gabapentin treats:

  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Seizures

How is gabapentin given?

Gabapentin capsules should be given orally to pets following the dosage instructions from your veterinarian.

Who is gabapentin for?

Cats and dogs

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease as the dose may need to be adjusted. Do not use gabapentin in pregnant or nursing pets unless the benefits outweigh the risks.

What is the active ingredient of gabapentin?

Gabapentin 

What are the possible side effects of gabapentin?

Side effects of gabapentin are mainly associated with sedation and loss of coordination, though vomiting and diarrhea are also sometimes seen. Some cats experience profound sedation which may last for 24 hours. If you notice any of these signs, please message our vet team for further recommendations and dose adjustments.

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease as the dose may need to be adjusted. Do not use gabapentin in pregnant or nursing pets unless the benefits outweigh the risks.

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