- Drug Name: Lactated Ringerâ€™s
- Common Name: Lactated Ringerâ€™s
- Generics: Multiple manufacturers
- Drug Type: Electrolyte solution
- Used For: Hydration & fluid replacement
- Species: Dogs, Cats
- Administered: Fluid
- How Dispensed: Prescription Only
- Available Forms: 1L Bags
- FDA Approved: Yes
Lactated Ringerâ€™s are used to help maintain hydration or to rehydrate animals. It can be used in the treatment of decreased intake of fluids and replace fluids lost do to kidney disease or illness.
Dosage and Administration
Lactated Ringerâ€™s should be given according to your veterinarianâ€™s instructions. If issues arise in the administration of the Lactated Ringerâ€™s Injection please consult your veterinarian for advice. The dosage of Lactated Ringer does vary from animal to animal depending on the size, health issue, or the reason for receiving the LRS.
Lactated Ringerâ€™s Injection can be administered in two different ways, Intravenously (IV) or subcutaneously (SQ under the skin). Remember to use new, sterile needles when administering.
If a dose of Lactated Ringersâ€™ Injection is missed, please consult with your veterinarian to discuss the best option. ?
Possible Side Effects
Side effects are unlikely if the Lactated Ringersâ€™ Injection is properly given. If you think your pet develops any reactions to the Lactated Ringerâ€™s Injection, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
Reactions may occur because the solution or the technique of administration include elevated body temperature or infection at the site of injection, blood clot, or swelling of a vein from the injection site.
Lactated Ringerâ€™s Injection should not be administered to any animals that are allergic to any of the ingredients in the LRS. Overhydration may occur more easily in animals with kidney and/or heart disease or obstruction of the urinary tract so please administer with extreme care. Do not use on animals whose kidneys are not producing urine.
Store Lactated Ringerâ€™s Injection between 68Â° and 77Â°F in manufacturers packaging.? Protect product from freezing.
Additives may be incompatible. Consult with your veterinarian or pharmacist, if available. When introducing additives, use aseptic technique, mix thoroughly and do not store.
Signs of Toxicity/Overdose
Overdose of Lactated Ringerâ€™s Injection is caused by overhydration (too much fluid given) signs may include:
- Rapid Breathing
- Increase heart rate
If you suspect or know you dog has had an overdose, please contact your veterinarian, an emergency vet clinic, or the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 213-6680 immediately. After an overdose, your pet should also be re-evaluated before Lactated Ringerâ€™s Injections are continued.