Digoxin is used to control your pet heart rate and rhythm whilst also improving the heart’s strength and productivity. This medication is classed as a cardiac glycoside which means it forces the heart muscles to contract by boosting the calcium ion influx into the cells of the heart muscle. The medication also works by increasing the resting time of the heart muscle cells resulting in a slower heart rate.
I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?
All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Potential side effects may include: diarrhoea, vomiting, lack of appetite, behavioral changes, depression or drowsiness – if your pet displays any of these side effects contact your vets immediately.
Possible drug interactions
Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. In this case, your vet will monitor your pet closely and may vary the dose of medication accordingly