Metamucil is a brand name for psyllium. It is a bulk forming laxative that can be found in over-the-counter and veterinarian prescription strengths. As with any medication, Metamucil should be used only as directed.
Metamucil is a medication that is used in the treatment of constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, large bowel diarrhea as well as anal gland disease.
For treatment in cats, Metamucil should be given as directed by a veterinarian. The typical dosage used in cats is 1 to 4 grams given orally every 12 to 24 hours. Metamucil should be given with water and can be mixed with food if necessary. Powder forms of psyllium are also available.
The psyllium in Metamucil is manufactured from fibrous coatings found in certain plant seeds. Metamucil will pass undigested through the intestines, absorb water and swell in the colon. This medication makes stool larger but softer.
The bulk increase in the intestines can stimulate contractions and bowel movements. Increased stool size can help treat anal gland problems. Increased bulk puts pressure on anal glands helping them express themselves.
Some side effects such as flatulence may be experienced while taking Metamucil. This medication should not be used to treat cats with intestinal obstructions. If vomiting occurs, use of Metamucil should be seized immediately.