Dog Meds Information
Medication For Your Dog.
There are all types of dog meds out there for most afflictions and many ways of treating them. Knowing when to go the commercial or holistic approach; whether to use tablets, powder or liquids; or to go brand or generic, are just some of the points you need to discuss with your vet.
Some meds are tougher on dogs than others and you need to ask your vet what are the short- versus long-term concerns with a given medication. Mention any sickness your dog has previously had and any allergies. You should also discus how the medicine needs to be administered as some meds need more attention than others. Costing is of course also important.
Some common dog meds and their usage
Rimadyl: an anti-inflammatory dog med of the NSAID group (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), which is good for easing pain in older dogs.
Heartgard Plus: a popular dog med and the main one for preventing heartworm disease. It is completely effective against heartworm larvae and can also tackle hookworms and roundworms.
Tylan Powder: an antibiotic for dogs which is used to treat a slew of infections, including colitis. It is also an anti-inflammatory.
Frontline: one of the main dog meds for tackling adult fleas, ticks and lice. Frontline Plus is the latest product on the market and has the active ingredient S-methoprene.
Advantage, Program and Sentinel: three other flea control solutions, which takes on the eggs, preventing them from developing.
Sentinel: another popular flea product that also treats heartworm, hookworm and roundworm.
Dog med side effects and tips
Unfortunately, most meds have side effects and unless you go the holistic approach, you have to resign yourself to the fact. The question is; what meds have the least immediate side effects versus long-term effects on my dog. The ideal med is one that is safe, approved, effective, well priced, and fits with the age and weight of your pet.
Follow the instructions given by your vet and what is written on the label. If you go it alone, be sure you have the right dog med for your pet’s age, weight, and breed and, most importantly, condition. Don’t be tempted to give your dog your cat’s meds. When administering topical meds (ones that go on the body), administer it somewhere out of reach of your dog’s tongue, such as between the shoulder blades.
While holistic meds have been proven to work in many cases, be careful of the mindset that all-natural/organic meds are superior to commercial ones. They may have fewer side effects, but if your dog absolutely needs a certain drug, he should have it. Stick to the vet’s instructions and if you’re not sure, go see another one.
You should also be aware that some dog meds, like spot-on flea treatments, are harmful to humans if swallowed, so always wash your hands after administering them and keep out of reach of children.
Buying dog meds online
Buying meds online is nearly as easy as buying items off of eBay. You can order dog meds online and have them delivered to your door. You can even do so with prescription meds and at a cost that is usually less than from your vet. While it may not be worth effort if you only need a short supply, buying meds long-term online saves money and lots of time.
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