Ovarid is a potent progestagen with marked anti-oestrogenic properties. It is recommended for administration by the oral route in bitches for the postponement or prevention of oestrus and the treatment of hypersexuality which may be manifest as undesirable behaviour in male dogs. In cats it is recommended for prevention ...
Ovarid is a potent progestagen with marked anti-oestrogenic properties. It is recommended for administration by the oral route in bitches for the postponement or prevention of oestrus and the treatment of hypersexuality which may be manifest as undesirable behaviour in male dogs. In cats it is recommended for prevention or postponement of oestrus and the treatment of miliary dermatitis and eosinophilic granulomata.
Ovarid contains the active ingredient Megestrol acetate and is available in the following strengths: 5mg Ovarid for Cats and 20mg Ovarid for Dogs
A Veterinary Pet Prescription is required for Ovarid
Ovarid for cats
Ovarid is an oral medication that is designed to postpone or prevent your female cat coming into oestrus (heat) and therefore controlling the ability of the unspayed cat to reproduce. Ovarid can also be used in the treatment of miliary dermatitis and eosinophilic granuloma in cats too.
In this article, we will examine Ovarid in more detail, and how it can be used in cats.
What is Ovarid?
Ovarid is progestagen (synthetic hormone) agent comprised of magestrol acetate, with has potent anti-oestrogen properties, which means that it can postpone or delay your cat coming into heat, and so, being able to mate and breed.
Ovarid comes in tablet form in strengths of 5mg and 20mg, and is administered orally.
What does Ovarid do?
Ovarid is mainly prescribed to delay or prevent your cat from coming into heat, both preventing them from breeding and removing the urge to breed, which can itself manifest as a range of undesirable behaviours, as well as hormonal signals that can attract entire male cats. Ovarid can be used selectively to manage the heat cycles of the unspayed female cat as a form of contraceptive, and to mute the undesirable behaviours that can accompany sexual behaviours including calling and roaming.
Unspayed female cats can come into heat as often as every three-four weeks, making the management of female cats that are not intended for planned mating challenging.
Ovarid has also proven very successful in treating miliary eczema in cats, a type of skin disorder that can lead to crusty lesions across the skin, which may be inflamed and irritated. Ovarid can also be beneficial in the treatment of eosinophilic granulomas or cutaneous skin rashes in cats, which again, can be sore and irritable as well as unsightly.
When is Ovarid indicated?
The most effective and widely recommended method of preventing reproduction in the female cat is surgical spaying, which is a permanent procedure that removes both the urge and the ability to reproduce, as well as reducing the risk of cancers and other conditions of the reproductive system in later life.
However, for some cats, spaying is not an option, due to problems such as a hypersensitivity to the anaesthetic compounds used in surgery, or because or other health conditions that elevate the risk factors associated with the surgery.
Some female cats are of course left unspayed deliberately in order to enable breeding, particularly in the case of good quality pedigree cats from desirable bloodlines. However, as mentioned, unspayed female cats can come into heat every few weeks, and of course, it is not appropriate or desirable that the cat should conceive every time that they come into heat. Ovarid can help to temporarily remove the urge and ability to breed, allowing for planned matings and designated recovery periods for the breeding queen, without the associated problems that accompany a regular heat cycle.
In cats of either sex, spayed or unspayed, Ovarid may also be indicated in the case of miliary eczema or eosinophilic granuloma flare-ups, proving highly effective in treating both types of skin disorders in cats.
Is Ovarid suitable for all cats?
Ovarid is a synthetic hormone, and as such, should be administered with care, as it produces a systemic effect on the body of the cat. Ovarid should not be prescribed for diabetic cats nor cats that have yet to undergo their first heat cycle, and care should be taken when treating elderly cats with Ovarid.
Using Ovarid to prevent or postpone the heat cycle is not an exact science, and no guarantee can be provided regarding how long the dosage will prove effective for, or how soon normal heat cycles will return. Some disruption in the normal heat cycle of the unspayed cat is normal after the use of Ovarid, and this can make planned breeding after usage more complicated.
Ovarid is generally well tolerated and not apt to produce wide ranging or acute side effects in cats, but in rare cases, weight gain, increased appetite and lethargy may accompany the use of the medication.
Ovarid may in rare cases lead to mammary hypertrophy in cats that are prescribed Ovarid long term for miliary eczema, although this condition may go into regression upon cessation of the medication.
How can I get Ovarid for my cat?
Ovarid is a POM-V medication, meaning that it can only be prescribed with a veterinary prescription. Your vet will need to examine your cat and find out the reasons behind why you wish to use Ovarid, before approving or recommending Ovarid for your cat to prevent oestrus or to treat miliary eczema or eosinophilic granulomas. Your cat’s treatment protocol should also be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that Ovarid is proving effective for your cat, and remains the best course of treatment for them.
Once your vet has approved the use of Ovarid, you can ask your vet for a veterinary prescription to purchase the medication from us.