Safe use of Drugs
IMPORTANT: As a responsible pet owner who loves their pet(s), please take the time to research any / all drugs that are suggested or recommended or prescribed by your pet care provider. If you have any questions, please consult with your pet care providers and discuss any questions or concerns you might have. Ask them how familiar they are with the drug(s) and what their experience has been with other pets.
It is very important to Fine Tune and Focuses your eyes on your dogs’ behavior after starting a drug if you see any different actions in your dog; urine or stool changes, drooling, shaking, lethargic or lack of energy, restlessness, any different actions; consult with your veterinary immediately as your dog could be having an allergic or antiphallic reaction, you can also call the drug manufacturer and they may have a helpline as well.
Using Steroids and Anti-Microbials and other types of drugs can have serious side effects they may greatly injure your dog if not administered properly. Please consult with your veterinary and ask what alternatives might be available.
If your dog has a skin rash, it is more responsible to try a topical cream or ointment instead of a systemic drug given orally. Consult with your veterinarian and discuss the most judicious method of treatment.
It’s important to be holistic and natural, when possible, in treating medical conditions in your pet. Try to find a veterinarian that practices very judicious use of drugs and a vet that understands alternative natural remedies and methods as well. Vitamins and Minerals can be very effective in helping your dog in certain conditions.
Before giving prescription medication to your dog, learn everything you can about it. Start by talking with your veterinarian about their knowledge and experience with the drug.
Next, spend time researching the medication and learning about the effect it will have on your pet. In addition to reading the manufacturer’s specification sheet, you should visit several independent websites to learn what others are saying about the drug.
As you research, get a thorough understanding of; contraindications, allergic reactions, interactions with other drugs, anaphylactic reactions, etc. Be vigilant before starting your dog on drugs such as; steroids, antimicrobials, beta-blockers, and other more serious types of drugs. Consider the safety risk versus the reward of the medication and discuss this with your veterinarian so they understand your position.
If your dog will be taking more than one medication, it’s critically important to consult with your vet on drug interactions. Make sure your vet is aware of every medication your pet is on. In addition, it’s important that you as a responsible pet-owner, research multiple websites to learn about drugs that are dangerous to combine. Some drugs can be dangerous and even lethal when administered in combination with others. Research drugs to make sure they are approved for veterinary use and for what incidences are they approved for.
Your dog can’t tell you if they are having a bad reaction to a drug. When your dog begins a new medication, you need to magnify your focus on your pet. Watch for distress signs such as, drooling, chewing paws, scratching, red skin, lethargy, and any other change in behavior. These may indicate that your dog is having a negative reaction to the medication. If you notice these changes, take notes and contact your vet immediately.