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Pet Meds

 

Pet Meds for Sick Pets

Many people see their pets as members of their family. When our animals get sick, one’s first instinct is to take care of them just as we would if they were our biological children. Sometimes, this means taking them to the veterinarian and putting them on pet medications to help them get better. As a matter of fact, pet meds can range from eye drops to anti-anxiety drugs.

Examples of pet meds include:

  • aspirin for pain or inflammation,
  • alprazolam (Xanax) for anxiety,
  • chlorpheniramine for itching and skin allergies,
  • doxycycline for bacterial infections,
  • and misoprostol for ulcers.

Doctors also prescribe many of these same medications to humans.  However, there are some medications that only certain animals can take.  For example, Lufenuron is a flea and tick drug only for cats and dogs.

Consult Your Veterinarian

As with any medication, it is important to know about all of the side-effects a drug can have on your pet. Talk with your vet about any questions or concerns you may have. If you are unsure about giving a drug to your animal, ask your about alternative pet remedies. Sometimes, professionals promote medications when they are not absolutely necessary. This is to fuel the pet pharmaceutical industry.  In fact, the sale of pet medications in the U.S. is expected to reach $10 billion by the year 2018.

It is often a good idea to first try natural pet treatments before going for medications with potentially serious side-effects. However, if your pet’s situation is urgent, or if they are not responding to other treatment methods; then pet medications can be life-saving.

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