Appetite Stimulation in Dogs and Cats

There are many ways to stimulate appetite in a dog or cat.

Mirtazapine has the side effect of stimulating appetite and can be a good choice. It performs well in clinical trials and seems safe. It’s the one I’ve used in the past. Mirtazapine can antagonize the beneficial effects of Zofran / Ondansetron so there are times that Capromorelin is better.

Entyce Capromorelin (brand name: Entyce®) is a branded product that uses a different, “intentional” pathway to stimulate appetite. It increases a hormonal precursor to “ghrelin” but also increases an ‘insulin-like-growth-factor’ that was linked to cancer formation in people. No such relationship is known in animals.

Honestly, I’d use either one. I think I’d let price do the talking.

The Evolving Clinical Management of Chronic Inappetence

Mirtazapine – Clinician’s Brief

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Author: Dr. Erik Johnson
Dr. Erik Johnson is the author of several texts on companion animal and fish health. Johnson Veterinary Services has been operating in Marietta, GA since 1996. Dr Johnson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr Johnson has lived in Marietta Georgia since 1976.