Name(s): Viokase-V (Fort Dodge)
This medication consists of enzymes naturally produced by the pancreas
necessary for the digestion of food. It is used as a digestive aid
and as replacement therapy for inadequate digestion due to pancreatic
insufficiency. It is derived from whole, raw pancreas, of pork origin
Viokase V should be used: The usual dose of pancreatic
enzymes in dogs is 3/4-1 teaspoonful of the powder mixed with each
meal. It is recommended to allow the mixture to stand for 15-20
minutes before feeding it to the animal. If using tablets give 2-3
tablets with each meal. For cats, the usual dose is 1/4-3/4 teaspoonful
of the powder mixed with each meal. It is recommended to allow the
mixture to stand for 15-20 minutes before feeding it to the animal.
If using tablets give 1/2-1 tablet with each meal. Each teaspoon
contains 2.8 grams of powder.
Each tablet contains sufficient pancreatic enzymes to digest, in
vitro, 32 grams of dietary protein, 48 grams of dietary starch,
and 23 grams of dietary fat. Viokase is used as a digestive aid
and in the treatment of pancreatic insufficiency. Viokase
contains less than 1% of fat and is not enteric coated.
Side effects of pancreatic enzyme, especially at higher doses, include
diarrhea, excess fat in the feces, increased appetite, and weight