Kaopectate (also contains attapulgite)
Type of Drug
Form and Storage
Store in airtight container protected from freezing.
Indications for Use
Treatment of diarrhea.
Unknown if any have FDA approval in veterinary medicine. Available over the counter. Suspected to work by absorbing bacteria and toxins in the intestine and coating the lining of the intestines for additional protection. Kaopectate now has attapulgite as the adsorbent instead of kaolin. If the diarrhea continues for more than 48 hours or the pet does not continue to be active and alert, contact your veterinarian. Further treatment may be needed. Bismuth salicylate (Pepto Bismol) may be more effective than kaolin/pectin in dogs and cats.
Usual Dose and Administration
Dogs and Cats: 0.5-1.0 ml/pound by mouth every 4-6 hours. Treatment should only be needed for 1-2 days. If the vomiting and/or diarrhea persists for more than 48 hours; the pet has a fever, is depressed or shows abdominal pain; or the pet does not continue to be active and alert, contact your veterinarian. Further treatment may be needed.
May see constipation at high doses.
Do not use in patients hypersensitive (allergic) to it.
Do not use it to control severe diarrhea.
Do not use products containing bismuth salicylate in cats unless directed by your veterinarian. Dogs that may have an allergy to aspirin should not be given the formulation with bismuth salicylate. Use with caution in dogs receiving aspirin.
Shake well before use.
Drug or Food Interactions
May inhibit the absorption of lincomycin and digoxin. Give kaolin/pectin at least 2 hours before or 3-4 hours after the other medication if both drugs are to be used.
No known food interactions.
May see constipation.