- Can be used in both cats and dogs
- Prescribed for Angina
- Prevention of cardiac arrhythmias
- Prescribed for hypertension
Possible Side Effects:
- Metoprolol should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug.
- Metoprolol may cause some animals to become weak due to a slow heart rate or low blood pressure. Rarely, a pet may faint.
- Metoprolol should be used with caution in animals with congestive heart failure.
- Metoprolol may interact with other medications. Discuss your pets current medications and vitamins with your veterinarian to determine if other drugs your pet is receiving could interact with metoprolol.
- Possible drug interactions include: furosemide, insulin and calcium channel blockers drugs (diltiazem, verapamil, amlodipine).
- If a pet collapses while receiving metoprolol tartrate, contact a veterinarian immediately.
Keep in a cool dry place, away from the reach of children and pets.
It is important to follow your Veterinarian's prescription instructions for your pet. Never give this medication to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian and with a proper prescription for your pet.
The typical dose of Metoprolol administered to dogs is 6.25 mg to 25 mg per dog two to three times daily. A low dose is generally started and gradually increased every 2 weeks.
The typical dose of Metoprolol administered to cats is 1 mg per pound (2 mg/kg) once daily. The total daily dose in cats is often 2 to 15 mg per cat three times daily. It is very difficult to accurately dose cats therefore Metoprolol may need to be compounded.
Metoprolol can be given with food or without.
If Metoprolol is discontinued for any reason, it should be done so gradually.