Just like people, dogs can develop coughs for many reasons. Two common causes of chronic cough in dogs are chronic heart issues and COPD. In many such cases, veterinarians prescribe Theophylline. Recently, it’s become more difficult for dog owners to obtain Theophylline in the dosages needed for their pet. We can help! We compound the medication to your veterinarian’s specifications – and we’ll even add a tasty flavor so your dog will think he’s getting a treat!
Theophylline for your coughing dog
What is Theophylline
Theophylline is a bronchodilator, meaning it helps open the airway passages. Humans with asthma are familiar with this. It also has a mild diuretic effect, which can help if your dog also has heart issues. Although, you may need to take them out more frequently!
How Does Theophylline Work
By opening the airway passages in the lungs, Theophylline makes it easier for your dog to breathe. When your dog is breathing better, he coughs less. It’s likely he also feels better, too!
Side Effects of Theophylline
Theophylline can upset your dog’s stomach. He may vomit or have diarrhea. Your veterinarian can make suggestions on when and how to medicate your pet to help with those symptoms. Theophylline can also cause insomnia in dogs. If you notice your dog isn’t sleeping the way he used to, check with your veterinarian for suggestions on helping him rest.
Theophylline is also contra-indicated with many other medications. Be sure your veterinarian knows the full list of medications your pet is taking and has checked for any possible interactions before prescribing Theophylline.
If your vet has prescribed Theophylline for your dog’s cough, ask them to have it filled at The Compounding Center. We’ll create a compounded medication that’s exactly what your dog needs. And, to help you give your dog his medication, we’ll add his favorite flavor to the mix, making it a treat rather than a medicine.
When it comes to medicating your dog, our job is to make your job easier! We will customize the dose and flavoring – chicken seems to be a favorite for this medication.
Theophylline is available in several oral dosage forms:
- Mini-tablets – flavored and unflavored
- Liquid Suspensions – flavored and unflavored