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RenaKare is prescription potassium gluconate used as an oral supplement for animals with potassium deficiency. Low blood potassium is a serious condition and animals with prolonged vomiting or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

For: Multiple species including dogs.

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RenaKare is prescription potassium gluconate used to treat low blood potassium levels, often occurring as a result of kidney disease. Potassium is an electrolyte necessary to maintain almost all cellular functions, including the transmission of nerve impulses and the contraction of muscles. RenaKare is available in gel, tablet, and powder form.

How it works: RenaKare treats hypokalemia by providing a source of potassium.

Dosage & Administration: RenaKare potassium oral supplements are given by mouth. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.

Possible side effects of RenaKare: May cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, especially if not given with food.

If you miss giving a dose: If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.

If you overdose the pet: If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.

What should I avoid while giving RenaKare to my pet: Consult your veterinarian before giving potassium supplementation with any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, enalapril, digoxin, spironolatone, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, etodolac (EtoGesic), deracoxib (Deramaxx), or carprofen (Rimadyl), since interactions may occur.

Who should not take it? Do not use in animals with hyperkalemia (high potassium blood levels), severe kidney disease, acute dehydration, untreated Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism), or hemolysis (breakdown of red blood cells). Do not use tablet forms in animals with constipation. Use with caution in animals with heart disease, particularly those taking the medication digoxin.