Jun 26, 2015 - Appetite stimulants in dogs and cats

Does anyone here have any experience with Mirtazapine (Remeron) as an appetite stimulant for dogs
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Most dogs will do almost anything for food, so it can be unsettling when your dog turns up his nose at dinner. There are many reasons why your dog may do this, and many are not a cause for concern. For example, female dogs in heat and adolescent dogs often have normal bouts of decreased appetite. For normal cases of decreased appetite, a simple additive or food change can help. For more severe cases, you may have to add herbs or medicine to stimulate appetite.
2. Mirtazapine—not just an antidepressant! Dr. Ettinger says it's another good appetite stimulant for both dogs and cats.
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Update: In January, 2016, I was given some information that needs to be included here. A reader suggested that if I mention Mirtazapine to stimulate a dog’s appetite. Her vet recommended a 15mg. pill once every 12 hours for her husky-wolf mix that hadn’t eaten much in 2 weeks. Once the reader got the pill down her dog (with Nutri-Cal as a chaser), within 45 minutes the dog ate food she’d refused just an hour before . She regained her appetite and ate as if she was making up for lost time. This certainly something to ask your veterinarian about. (1) Warm up their food - a picky dog's appetite can be stimulated by smell. Warming up food tends to heighten the scent.
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Photo provided by FlickrEntyce Capromorelin Appetite Stimulant - A New Option For Dogs That Won't Eat.
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Mirtazapine is most commonly used as an appetite stimulant for dogs and cats that are refusing to eat. It is also prescribed for the long-term treatment of various patients who are experiencing nausea, vomiting, and anorexia .So I do not believe that Pfizer is actively pursuing the licensure of capromorelin in humans at this time. Although some initial Pfizer studies were done in laboratory dogs, Pfizer’s split-off veterinary branch apparently did not want capromorelin either. However, a small player in the current veterinary pharmaceutical market, Aratana Therapeutics, saw a potential market for capromorelin. () They applied for and received an FDA license to market capromorelin for short term () use as an appetite stimulant in dogs. That application was approved in May of 2016. It is my understanding that the company plans to make the drug available to a “select” group of veterinary specialists on or about February of 2017. Originally developed as an antidepressant for moderate to severe depression for human use, mirtazapine’s side effects as an anti-nausea and appetite stimulant in dogs helps in the treatment where poor appetite and nausea are symptoms of a disease, such as:Mirtazapine is a type of human tetracyclic antidepressant, which can be used in pets as an appetite stimulant. If your pooch isn't eating enough, especially if his lack of appetite is due to a chronic illness, your vet may prescribe this medication. While mirtazapine isn't approved for use in dogs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it can be prescribed "off label" for pets.Over the counter medications such as Pepcid AC can soothe your dog's digestive system but should only be used with the advice of a veterinarian. Your veterinarian may be able to provide you medication, such as Mirtzapine and Meclizine, which are anti-nausea medications that may stimulate appetite. Forcing your dog to eat, however, may not be the answer, and you may need to deal with other symptoms first. Consult your veterinarian for any loss of appetite that persists for more than a couple of days.Mirtazapine is a drug that’s generally prescribed to humans suffering from depression. It belongs to a class of drugs termed as tricyclic antidepressants and acts on certain chemicals that are present in the brain. Although it effectively treats humans suffering from depression, it’s administered to pets because it has anti-nausea properties. It also works as an appetite stimulant and helps dogs that are suffering from weight loss or loss of appetite.