Pet Medication 101: KetoconazoleIt’s important to understand a medication’s uses and side effects before giving it to your pet. This medication info sheet is meant to give you a good understanding of what ketoconazole is used for, how it works, and potential side effects in cats and dogs. Always consult a veterinarian before giving your pet any medication. Are you concerned about your pet?Book a video consultation with an experienced veterinarian within minutes.Professional vet advice onlineLow-cost video vet consultationsOpen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Book Video Consultation 1. Drug Name:ketoconazole2. Brand Names:Nizoral, Ketochlor3. How Dispensed:Prescription only4. Forms:200mg tablets, topical cream, shampoo (with Chlorhexidine)5. Drug Type/Class:Antifungal6. Uses in Cats and Dogs:Treats fungus of the lymph nodes, skin, nails, respiratory system, bone, and other parts of the body7. How it Works:Ketoconazole works by inhibiting the production of a fungal cell wall. This causes the fungus to be structurally deficient, making it unable to reproduce or survive.8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:Loss of appetiteVomitingDiarrheaWeight lossDizzinessLight sensitivityLiver toxicity/jaundiceCortisol suppressionLow plateletsBleeding of the mouthHaircoat color changeCataracts9. Drug Interactions:AlprazolamAminophylline/TheophyllineAmlodipineAntacidsAstemizoleBuspironeBusulfanCiprofloxacinCisaprideCyclosporineDiazepamDigoxinDoxorubicinFentanylH2 blockersMethylprednisoloneMidazolamMitotanePhenytoin sodiumRifampinSildenafilSucralfateTramadolTriazolamVincristine/VinblastineWarfarin sodium10. Cautionary Statements:Due to its toxic side effects and the availability of safer options, use in cats is generally not recommended.Use with caution in patients with liver disease, low platelet counts, and those undergoing surgical procedures.Use with caution in patients with serious illnesses or trauma.Do not use in pregnant pets unless it is for a life-threatening infection.Use with caution in breeding pets, as it can cause temporary infertility.Use with caution in nursing pets because it is excreted in the milk.Read more:Ringworm in Cats and DogsAspergillosis in Dogs and CatsMedication Info Sheet: FluconazoleNeed to speak with a veterinarian regarding your pet’s medication or another condition?Click here to schedule a video consult to speak to one of our vets. You can also download the FirstVet app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Stores.