F.A.Q.

F.A.Q.’s For Dog Lovers

The information on this page is for your information only and is not designed to replace advice from your veterinarian. As always, talk to your veterinarian before the use of any product or treatment for your dog.

To see the Product Label and Package Insert, please click here.

If you are a veterinarian, also see For Veterinarians.

 

General Information

What are Apocaps®?

Apocaps® are capsules that contain a blend of apoptogens and other healthful ingredients. Apoptogens have been shown to support the normal turnover of deranged cells to help build new, healthy cells. Apocaps® are designed to support good life quality in dogs. Apocaps® are made for dogs receiving regular veterinary care.

What results have been seen with Apocaps®?

Life quality increases have been seen in the majority of dogs using Apocaps®, in some cases within a week of starting. In some dogs, the effects are slower, taking up to 3-4 weeks. Increased vitality, activity and vigor are common results of Apocaps® use.

Which dogs should not use Apocaps®?

If your dog is allergic to ingredients in Apocaps®, or if he or she has an allergic reaction to Apocaps®, avoid or discontinue use. If your dog is allergic to gelatin, empty the powder from the capsule into a small amount of food, discarding the capsule. Dogs experiencing vomiting or diarrhea should not be given Apocaps®. Dogs less than 5 pounds should not use Apocaps® CX capsules at this strength. Safety has not been established for use in pregnant, nursing or breeding dogs. Consult with your veterinarian before any change to your dog’s health care.

Using Apocaps in other animals or people

Can I give Apocaps® to other animals or people?

While Apocaps® is made from all human-grade ingredients it is designed for dogs. Keep out of reach of children.

My vet wants to try Apocaps in my cat. Can we use it in a cat?

Cats may be unusually sensitive to some dietary apoptogens. For this reason, we are quite cautious about using Apocaps in cats. At this time, we don’t recommend it until further study is possible. As always, your vet is the best person to judge how to treat your pet.

Giving Apocaps to your dog

How do I give Apocaps®?

Apocaps® should be given with a very small amount of food, preferably less than 1-2 tablespoons, to minimize rare cases of digestive upset. Please see the Product Label for dosing amounts and instructions.

The label instructions say to give between meals, but can I give with Apocaps to my dog with a meal?

Apocaps is most effective and most easily absorbed when given between meals, on an empty stomach, with just a little food (1-2 tablespoons), as the label states. Giving Apocaps with a full meal reduces the absorption of Apocaps slightly.

We recommend giving Apocaps a minimum of one hour before or one hour after a meal. However, if it’s difficult to follow this schedule, or if your dog experiences digestive upset, giving Apocaps with meals is better than not giving it at all.

Is there a best time of day to give Apocaps?

There is some evidence that giving Apocaps in the late morning (10-11 AM) and/or the late evening (10-11 PM) may be most effective, but this may not be convenient for you.

If this is inconvenient for you, wait a minimum of one hour before or after a meal to give Apocaps with 1-2 tablespoons of food.

Using Apocaps with other supplements and treatments

Can I give Apocaps® with other medications or treatments?

The answer to this question depends upon many factors. Consult with your veterinarian before making any changes in your dog’s medical care, including the use of this product.

Can I give my dog Apocaps during or after surgery?

Considerations for using Apocaps before surgery are the same as recommendations for using fish oil: it’s at the veterinarian’s discretion. The most cautious veterinarians may suggest stopping Apocaps three days prior to surgery, and then resuming once healing from the surgery is complete.

 

Can I give Apocaps with prednisone, prednisolone or other anti-inflammatory agents?

We recommend reducing the dose of Apocaps to a half or quarter dose if you are using prednisone or any NSAIDs. Or, if preferred by your veterinarian, you could reduce the dose of the prednisone, prednisolone or NSAID to half or quarter dose, instead. We also recommend giving Apocaps with a full meal in these cases.

 

My dog has elevated liver enzyme levels, so I am concerned that Apocaps may have an impact on her liver enzymes. Does Apocaps impact liver enzymes?

We do not have documented evidence of liver enzyme elevation in dogs on Apocaps, and we have no reports of liver enzyme elevation from dog owners. Even so, you should always consult with your veterinarian when you make a change in your dog’s health care plan. Also, your vet can additional clinical information at our vet portal. We also have a special email address for vets to use to contact our chief veterinary officer.

My dog is on seizure control medication. Can I use Apocaps?

There have been no reported adverse consequences or interactions of Apocaps use in dogs on seizure control medications.  However, in human literature, there are reports of glutamine decreasing the effectiveness of seizure control medication in people.  A small amount of L-Glutamine is used in Apocaps.   As with all health care steps for your dog, consult with your veterinarian before using Apocaps.  If this is not possible, we advise avoiding the use of Apocaps use in dogs on seizure control medication as the very safest recommendation.

Can Apocaps be used if I am also giving Artemisinin?

Yes, but not at the same time. Artemisinin may interact with Apocaps (and vice versa), so the recommendation is to cycle them. Artemisinin is usually given continuously, then halted, then resumed after a period of time. In the period of time when no artemisinin is given, you can give Apocaps. Do not give Apocaps at the same time as artemisinin. A cycle to try is 5 days on artemisinin, 5 days on Apocaps, 5 days on artemisinin, 5 days or Apocaps, and so on.

My dog is on antioxidants (K-9 Immunity, omega-3 fatty acids from fish and krill oil, and vitamins). Can I give Apocaps to my dog?

Yes, you can give Apocaps to your dog if she is on antioxidants; just give them at separate times of day. Antioxidants may interfere with the effect of Apocaps; so give them a minimum of three hours apart. Often antioxidants are given with meals, so time your Apocaps doses between meals on an empty stomach or with a very small amount of food for best effects.  There is some evidence that giving Apocaps in the late morning (10-11 AM) and/or the late evening (10-11 PM) may be most effective, making that an ideal time to give, especially if you are giving antioxidants at mealtimes.

Apocaps has l-glutamine in it. Is this the same ingredient as glutamine?

Yes, the two are the same amino acid, in slightly different forms. If your dog has a brain tumor or a seizure disorder, use Apocaps with caution, and only under veterinary supervision.

Long-term use of Apocaps

Should my dog take Apocaps for the rest of her life?

Currently Apocaps is recommended for continual use over approximately two years, although Apocaps can be continued after this interval. If the decision is made to discontinue Apocaps, it is advised to monitor your dog’s condition very closely. We always recommend working closely with your vet when using Apocaps, including during the period after Apocaps use.

Should I give my older dogs Apocaps as a preventative?

Apocaps is not designed for routine use in dogs unless they need help with normal apoptosis, life quality, and activity or mobility levels.

If your veterinarian contacts us, we can provide them with a special email address to contact our chief veterinary officer. Then your clinician can dialog with you about the use of Apocaps in your specific case.

Also, for a daily dose of dietary apoptogens plus other important supplements, consider EverPup, a tasty sprinkle-on powder designed by Dr. Dressler for dogs of all ages.

Side Effect Management

What about any side effects?

Side effects with the use of this product are extremely rare. Fewer than 4% of dogs experience a little loose stool, which is completely normal and expected whenever a change in diet, medication, or supplement is made.

Call your veterinarian if you see the following: Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dark tarry stools, changes in activity level, change in urination (frequency, amount, or color), changes in drinking (increase or decrease), skin changes (redness, hives, itching or scratching), unexpected weight loss, or any other problems.

If my dog reacts with a side effect like that, what should I do?

Side effects due to Apocaps use are very rare. If your dog is experiencing side effects such as those listed above, please contact your vet for medical assistance and to figure out what might be causing the problem.  Then, let us know about any suspected adverse reaction by calling us at 888-936-4226.

My dog seems nauseous or is refusing food after I’ve started Apocaps.

Any change in diet can cause stomach upset in dogs, and some dogs are very sensitive to new diets or supplements. Most dogs do not have any trouble incorporating Apocaps into their diet, however, it can happen. It may be that your dog only tolerates a reduced dose, which is fine–there is still benefit to giving the supplement.

If you suspect that the addition of Apocaps is the cause of your dog’s stomach upset, the best way to deal with the issue is to stop giving Apocaps for at least 48 hours to let the symptoms resolve and to make sure that it is Apocaps that is causing the upset. If you want to re-introduce Apocaps, start slow: try giving a quarter to half dose of Apocaps with full meals. Watch your dog for signs of stomach upset. If none appear, continue this dose for a week or two until you are confident that your dog is doing well on the reduced dose of Apocaps. If all goes well, increase the dose slightly, still giving with full meals. If there is no loss of appetite with this higher dose after a week or two, give the full dose, with full meals.

As always, veterinarian supervision is strongly recommended.

What should I do if my dog eats more than the recommended amount of Apocaps®?

Consult your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats more than the recommended amount of Apocaps®.

If you have a question about Apocaps that isn’t answered here, please call us at 888-936-4226 or email us at cs (at) functionalnutriments.com. 

Apocaps is available from veterinarians, pet shops and online. Click to find out where to get Apocaps.

Apocaps is Approved for Use by Veterinarians

Approved by and Recommended by Veterinarians

Apocaps is Made in the USA

Apocaps is made in the USA with all human-grade ingredients in an FDA licensed and inspected facility