The Pala-Tech Brand of Soloxine that is used at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital provides a palatable, chewable thyroid supplement for dogs. Soloxine is used to
help manage cases of canine hypothyroidism where thyroid replacement therapy is indicated.
The chewable tablet makes it easier for dog owners to administer the daily dose to their dog. Administer tablets free choice to the dog or crumble over the dog's food.
Levotabs (Vetus), Soloxine (JPI Jones), Synthroid (Knoll), Thyrosyn (Vedco), Thyro-Tabs (Vet-a-Mix)
What is this medication used for
Levothyroxine is a synthetic thyroid hormone used in the treatment of hypothyroidism.
Levothyroxine is available by prescription as scored tablets.
How this medicine should be used
Levothyroxine is FDA approved for use in dogs; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in cats. The usual dose in
dogs is 0.1mg/10 pounds of body weight. The usual dose in cats is 0.05-0.1mg per cat. The dose is maintained by periodic blood tests to determine the T4 level. Animals with hypothyroidism are usually treated with
levothyroxine for life.
What are the side effects
given at the proper dose as determined by blood tests there should be no side effects. Overdose will result in the symptoms of thyrotoxicosis which may include increased thirst, urination and hunger, hyperactivity,
personality change, and reduced heat tolerance.
What special precautions are there
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it. Do not use in animals with untreated adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease), use with caution in
animals with high blood pressure. Use with caution when given with warfarin, theophylline, digoxin, phenytoin and barbiturates. Give 1 hour before or 4 hours after vitamin/mineral combinations containing iron or
calcium. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking. There can be differences in the action of levothyroxine when changing brands. As a result, it may be necessary to
retest T4 levels when switching brands.
Overdose - what to do
Laguna Hills Animal Hospital (949-837-7333) or, if after hours, Animal Urgent Care (949-364-6228).
How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store this medication at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not
store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.