Frequently Asked Questions - ConSeal-AlH
My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease. Why is a phosphorous binder important?
Controlling the elevated phosphorous levels commonly associated with CKD (chronic kidney disease) has been proven to slow the progression of kidney disease while also helping cats feel better and live longer. Even cats with phosphorous levels in the high end of the normal range can benefit from phosphorous restriction. Talk to your veterinarian about the correct use of phosphorous binders in your pet.
My dog was diagnosed with kidney disease. Can I use ConSeal-AlH® in my dog?
Yes, ConSeal-AlH® is safe and effective for use in both cats and dogs.
How does ConSeal-AlH work?
Phosphorous binders work by binding with the phosphorous present in your pet’s food, preventing its absorption and lowering the levels of phosphorous in the blood.
Does it matter what time I give ConSeal-AlH to my cat?
Yes, because of the way phopshorous binders work, timing is very important. ConSeal-AlH should always be given with meals.
How many chews should I give my cat?
There is a wide therapeutic dosing range for ConSeal-AlH and the starting dose often needs to be adjusted depending on the patient’s lab results and response to treatment. Your veterinarian will determine the right dose for your pet.
My cat eats canned food twice a day but has dry kibble available 24/7. How do I use ConSeal-AlH in that situation?
In an ideal situation, your cat would eat set meals two to three times a day, cutting out the “in-between meal snacking”. ConSeal-AlH would then be given with each meal. If your cat is unwilling to accept set meal times, ConSeal-AlH can still be given with the main meals but also crumbled and mixed in with the dry food that is left out. Check with your veterinarian to determine specific dosing and feeding recommendations for your cat.
The chew seems hard, is it okay for my cat to eat?
ConSeal-AlH is a “compressed crumble” chew, meaning it feels hard when you touch it, but it breaks apart easily when your cat bites into it. This is the normal consistency of the chew and does not affect palatabilty.
My cat turns away from ConSeal-AlH and won’t eat it. What can I do?
While most pets accept ConSeal-AlH immediately, here are some tips:
Some pets prefer you offer the chew in your hand as a treat, whereas others prefer it in their food bowl.
Cats can be very shape conscious. If your cat is eating a dry kibble, break the ConSeal-AlH into 2-4 smaller pieces (trying to match the kibble size) and offer as a treat or on the food. To divide easily, use scissors to cut the ConSeal-AlH while it is still in the IntegriDose® packaging and pop out the smaller pieces.
Most pets that initially refuse ConSeal-AlH will begin to accept it given time. Continue offering ConSeal-AlH daily and after 2 weeks or so, your pet will no longer see it as something “foreign” or “scary” and should be willing to give it a try.
If your pet is still hesitant to try the ConSeal-AlH after 2 weeks, try crumbling it completely and mixing it into the dry or canned food or halve it and pill your pet at mealtimes.
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