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Epakitin Kidney Supplements for Dogs & Cats

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What is Epakitin?

Epakitin is a nutritional supplement that may support kidney function in dogs and cats. Chitosan, the active ingredient in Epakitin, is a naturally occurring polysaccharide derived from crab and shrimp shells. It works as a phosphate binder that helps lower elevated levels of phosphorus in the blood to slow the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). While kidney disease is incurable, this product may improve renal health and your pet's quality of life. Epakitin can be administered for life along with other kidney treatments like Azodyl.


  • May support healthy kidney function
  • May slow the progression of chronic renal disease
  • Powdered form highly palatable to cats and dogs
  • Easily administered with manufacturer-provided scoop
  • Safe, effective, and available over the counter
  • Manufacturer does not report any side effects associated with Epakitin
  • Can be used alongside other treatments like Azodyl

How it Works

Epakitin contains chitosan, which is a natural substance derived from shrimp and crab shells. This chitosan in Epakitin binds to phosphorus and can limit how much is absorbed by your pet's intestines. Limiting phosphorus absorption aids pets with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) by slowing down the damage done to the kidneys.

Brand Name



Vétoquinol USA, Inc.


Epakitin is an over-the-counter (OTC) nutritional supplement that does not require a prescription. Available as a powder in 60 gm, 180 gm, and 300 gm quantities.

Active Ingredients

Lactose, Calcium carbonate, Chitosan, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein.

Recent Changes

Epakitin used to be available in a 150 gm and 50 gm quantities. These two sizes are no longer available and have been replaced by 60 gm and 180 gm quantities.

Common Misspellings

Epacatin, Epakintin, Epakitn, Epatkin, Epecitin, Epackatin, Epackitin, Epaktin

Warranty and Manufacturer Information


N° d'agr ment : FR 69-243-22

Manufactured for: Vetoquinol USA, Inc., 101 Lincoln Ave., Buena NJ 08310

NAC No.: 10050412

The above is provided for information purposes only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any condition. This information does not cover all possible variables, conditions, reactions, or risks relating to any topic, medication, or product and should not be considered complete. Certain product or medications may have risks and you should always consult your local veterinarian concerning the treatment of your pet. Any trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

How to Use Epakitin


Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Cats: All weights

1 gm of Epakitin per 5 kg (11 lb) body weight given orally in the morning and the evening mixed with food.
One level spoonful (provided) contains 1 gram of Epakitin.

Side Effects

The manufacturer reports there are no side effects associated with using Epakitin. If you know of or suspect an overdose in your pet, seek immediate emergency veterinary care.


Epakitin is intended to support renal health and slow the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in dogs and cats. Do not administer to other animals. Not for use in humans. Keep Epakitin out of reach of children and animals, and do not permit children to handle it. Be sure to review the manufacturer's instructions and precautionary statements before use. Consult your veterinarian for instructions on safe and effective use in your pet.

Administration can be life long. Allow your pet unrestricted access to fresh water while supplementing with Epakitin.


Store Epakitin in a cool dry place out of reach of children and pets.

Epakitin Frequently Asked Questions

What is Epakitin and how does it work?

Epakitin is a nutritional supplement for dogs and cats with chitosan that may lower your pet's phosphorus levels and may slow the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

How should Epakitin be used?

The typical dose of Epakitin is 1 g/5 kg (11 lb) of body weight given twice daily (morning and evening) and mixed in with your pet's food.

What are the ingredients in Epakitin?

Epakitin's ingredients are: Lactose, Calcium carbonate, Chitosan, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein. Chitosan is a naturally occurring polysaccharide that's derived from shrimp and crab shells and acts as a phosphate binder.

Does Epakitin cause side effects?

The manufacturer has not reported any side effects associated with using Epakitin.

What if a side effect occurs with my pet?

Cease administering Epakitin and contact your veterinarian.

When should I use Epakitin?

You should use Epakitin upon the recommendation of your veterinarian to possibly slow the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in dogs and cats. Epakitin should be administered once in the morning and once in the evening with your pet's food.

Can my pet overdose on Epakitin?

You should consult your veterinarian before beginning any supplement regimen for your pet. However, if Epakitin is used properly according to your vet's instructions and the manufacturer's guidelines, the risk of your pet overdosing should be negligible. In the event of an adverse reaction, cease administering Epakitin and contact your veterinarian.

Can I mix Epakitin with water?

Some pets, cats especially, are picky and won't eat their food mixed with Epakitin. In these rare cases, Epakitin can be mixed with water and administered via oral syringe in close association to a meal time. However, make sure it is mixed well with no powder left behind. Also make sure your pet always has access to fresh water while they are taking Epakitin.

Is there a generic alternative to Epakitin?

There is no generic version of Epakitin. Talk to your veterinarian about alternative treatments.

Does Epakitin have to be refrigerated?

Unlike Azodyl, this product does not need to be stored in a refrigerator. Simply store Epakitin in a cool dry place.

Can Epakitin be given with Azodyl?

Yes. Epakitin can be given with Azodyl to pets suffering from CKD. Both products work in different ways: Epakitin may reduce phosphorus levels, while Azodyl may help reduce azotemia. About 10-15% of patients with azotemia also have elevated serum phosphorus levels and may benefit from both Azodyl and Epakitin.

What quantities is Epakitin available in?

Epakitin powder is available in quantities of: 60 grams, 180 grams, and 300 grams.

How long will my supply of Epakitin last?

How long a bottle of Epakitin will last before running out depends on the body weight of your pet. For example, if your pet weighs 11 lbs and the proper dose is 1 gram twice a day, then a 60 gram bottle should last for 30 days.

Learn More about Epakitin Kidney Supplements

Visit these additional resources to learn more about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in dogs and cats and how Epakitin can help.