Ursodiol is a naturally occurring bile acid that is used for treating liver disease and for the management of cholesterol-containing gallstones. Ursodiol contains ursodeoxycholic acid to help restore healthy liver function.
Dogs and Cats
Ursodiol dissolves certain types of bladder stones and removes toxic bile acids to treat liver and gall bladder disease. May also be helpful for treating cirrhosis and chronic active hepatitis.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals. Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication or supplements you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely. Do not administer aluminum containing antacids or cholestyramine resin with ursodiol. Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.
Side effects may include diarrhea, but this medication is generally well tolerated. Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Ursodiol should be given orally as directed by your veterinarian.