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Ipakitine (phosphate binder) for Dogs & Cats

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Ipakitine is useful for reducing the levels of phosphates and other substances which are present in many normal foods, but which cause trouble for cats and dogs with reduced kidney function. Ipakitine should be given every day to animals along with their normal food.

Numerous studies have shown the benefits of phosphate reduction in cats and dogs suffering from kidney failure and it is now widely accepted that there is a direct link between the length and quality of life of a cat or dog with kidney failure and the amount of phosphates they get through their food.

The ingredients in Ipakitine act as phosphate binding agents and lower the absorption of phosphates from the intestines. Thus, in respect of phosphate restriction they can mimic or enhance the effects of a phosphate restricted food. There is also a reduction in the absorption of some uraemic toxins that can affect normal kidney function.

Through this double action, Ipakitine supports normal kidney function.

Ipakitine contains

Calcium carbonate – proven phosphate binding properties*

Chitosan – derived from chitin, by a process of de-acetylation. Chitin is a natural substance, the main building material of exoskeletons of arthropods. Due to chitosan’s specific molecular properties, it acts as an absorbent in the intestines and thus lowers the absorption of certain substances that can be harmful to the kidneys, including phosphates and some uraemic toxins.*

Feeding Guidelines

1g / 5kg body weight twice daily, mixed with food, for up to 6 months initially. One level scoop measures 1g of powder. It is recommended that a check up is performed every 6 months. Administration can be life-long. Allow free access to fresh water during administration.

  • Body weight of cat or dog - Number of scoops per day
  • 3-5kg - 2
  • 10kg - 4
  • 15kg - 6
  • 20kg - 8

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Reviews (30)

Summary of Reviews for Ipakitine (phosphate binder) for Dogs & Cats

Overall 5
Ease Of Use
Value For Money
Absence Of Side Effects
28 out of 30 (93%) customers would recommend this product.
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4 stars (6 reviews)
3 stars (0 reviews)
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55 Ipakitine
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By on 27 October 2019

My vet recommended this for my cat’s failing kidneys. It has given him a new lease of life. I built up to the required dose slowly mixing the powder into wet food.

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45 Ipakitine
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By on 26 August 2019

Dog seems not to notice the taste and seems to have reduced her thirst (which was becoming excessive). So has had a positive effect.

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45 Every little bit helps
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By on 10 September 2018

This product is invaluable in the treatment and support of CKD animals. It allows them to eat well (most wont even look at renal health foods) which is essential in keeping CKD pets as well as possible. The phosphate binder helps with isolating these so they don’t impact the kidneys as they pass through them y understand. It may not cure your pet but it does help in many ways. And they will happily eat it mixed with their food.

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55 Nev has kidney problems, which at 18 is commonplace. She won't eat a kidney diet.
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By on 25 July 2018

Recommend this by our vet, as cat can eat normal good and Ipakitine binds the harmful phosphates and they are then poohed out. Since using this, Nev has gone from strength to strength. Coat vastly improved and she is much livelier. Very easy to give, just sprinkle on wet food and mix in. Eaten with no problem. Have also started my other old cat on it, with the same result.

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55 Fast delivery.Good service .Thank you very much.
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By on 11 March 2018

Very easy to use,good product.

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Q & A

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Ipakitine (phosphate binder) for Dogs & Cats, including answers from our team.

7 November 2017 at 2:59pm

Ipakitin storage


Hi, can I store Ipakitin in the fridge?
Thank you, Catharina

  • VioVet Staff

The storage instructions for Ipakitine are to store in a cool, dry place. The best place would be a cupboard out of direct sunlight rather than the fridge.

18 December 2016 at 12:12pm

Liquidised food


Because of mouth problems I'm currently having to liquidise my cat's food. I liquidise the day's food in one go and feed it over five or six small meals. Could I add the full daily dose as I liquidise or should I add some each time I feed? Thanks.

  • VioVet Staff

I have spoken with Vetoquinol and they recommend that you divide the daily dose and add a little each time you feed since there have not been any studies done to show the stability of Ipakitine if liquidised in food.

6 July 2016 at 8:55am

Small meals

Janice Lancaster

  • VioVet customer since 2015
  • From: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

If is 2 scoops per day,and the cat has small frequent meals,do you just divide that amount over the day?

  • VioVet Staff

Yes, ideally divide the daily dose between all meals of that day. (If your cat eats some meals but leaves others, ideally it should still receive an adequate daily dose, so you have to try and bear this in mind.)

6 May 2016 at 1:02pm

Diabetes plus CKD

Julie Bailey

  • VioVet customer since 2011
  • From: Leicestershire, United Kingdom

My cat is 13 years old, she was diagnosed last year with diabetes and had insulin for 3 months. She has been off insulin since August last year (in remission), and I have now been told that she also had CKD. Her current diet is aimed at high protein low carb, she eats prescription food and Natures menu/Almo Nature. I have been told to switch to senior food and renal foods, but I am concerned about the diabetes coming back as well as wanting to slow CKD, would phosphate binders be of help? Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks

  • VioVet Staff

I understand your difficulty as there is a clear conflict between a diet perfect for diabetes prevention and one suitable for reduced kidney function. The renal support diets tend to be high in carbohydrate which is not ideal for this cat. On balance I would in fact agree with you. I would keep to the current foods but add Ipakitine to help with that aspect of the situation. Encouraging a good water intake is important. You can provide glass or ceramic bowls of water near her resting places, on window sills etc, and this will often tempt a cat to have extra drinks.

18 November 2015 at 12:09am

Small frequent meals

Janice Lancaster

  • VioVet customer since 2015
  • From: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The Ipakitine states it needs to be given twice a day. My cat likes small frequent meals, do I need to measure out the 2 scoops then put a pinch of the powder on his food?

  • VioVet Staff

Yes it would be better to give a little with every meal. Keep the total daily intake to the recommended amount if possible.

9 September 2015 at 8:20pm

Can Ipakitine be given with normal food

hayley north

My cat is on a special renal diet but hates the medicated food i give him and refuses to eat it. He has lost some weight so ive put him back on Felix senior pouches thinking i would rather he eat than nothing at all. I mix the Ipakitine into the felix food. Will the powder still be effective with this or will the normal food still be putting strain on his kidneys

  • VioVet Staff

Ideally your cat would eat the renal diet, as it is good in a number of different ways. However it is extremely important that your cat does eat something, and anything is better than nothing. Using Ipakitine will help with the main problems caused by normal foods and are likely to help the kidneys to cope. Ideally the "normal" food you use will be based on chicken or fish and be adequately supplemented with B vitamins. The fish or chicken flavours of Felix are not too bad in this regard. You could try some other brands or types of renal diet and make them part of the diet if possible. Hills, Royal Canin and Purina Veterinary Diets all make good renal foods in tinned, dried and pouched varieties so your cat might take to some of them.

2 September 2015 at 12:16am

How many servings per tub?


Hi, my cat refuses to eat prescription diets for kidney failure and I'd like to know how many scoops of powder are required per meal/day for a small (under 3kg) underweight cat? Also, I need to know how long each size tub will last as I can't find any info online on how many servings per tub. I'm on a low income with two elderly cats and already paying for prescription thyroid meds for my poorly cat with renal failure so I'm trying to work out how to budget for this product. Many thanks for any advice given.

  • VioVet Staff

This information is on our website if you scroll down and click on the link, but it is easy to miss it. Essentially your cat should have 1 scoop twice per day ideally. This will treat a cat from 3-5kg bodyweight, so theoretically you could make them quite "small scoops" and about two thirds of a scoop would be just enough. One full scoop contains 1g of product and so the small tub would last 30 days if you give a full scoop each time. If you are frugal, a small tub would last about 40 days and you are still giving enough product to be effective. The large tub would last three times as long. You should try to give meals based on chicken or white fish if possible, and you could include some commercial diet mixed with what your cat likes perhaps. There are lots of prescription renal support diets made by Royal Canin and Hills so they are worth exploring as some are quite tasty to cats, especially the pouches.

1 August 2015 at 11:20am

Ipakitine powder


Can ipakitine be administered to my dog in water in a syringe to make sure he is getting the full dosage instead of on his food

  • VioVet Staff

Yes this is fine to do, though it might be best if consumed at about the same time as the main meal.

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