Often, when your vet prescribes dog medication, you'll be faced with a variety of choices: Holistic or commercial? Liquid, tablet or powder? Collar-type or spot-on medication? While your vet may be helpful in making some of these decisions, often, the choices for dog medication rest with you. So how do you choose? Some Dog Medication Features to Consider
While no vet would prescribe dog medication that's harmful to your pet, some medications are more problematic than others. When dog medication is called for, ask your vet if there are any long-term, or short-term health concerns associated with taking the medication. Be sure to mention any other dog medications your pet is using, or any allergies your dog may have, and ask about side effects of the prescribed medication. Your vet will be happy to discuss the safety, and efficacy, of any prescribed dog medication.
When it comes to health care—for you, or your dog—cost is a factor. Ask your vet if there is a lower-cost dog medication that's just as effective. And don't forget that some dog medications, such as spot-on flea and tick treatments, can be harmful to your health as well, if they are used incautiously, or if you have small children in the home. Again, ask your vet about all treatment options. What Dog Medication Works for You?
Since you will be administering the dog medication, a good question to ask is, “What works for me?” Are you available to administer dog medication every four hours, or do you need something longer-lasting? Are you comfortable administering a pill, or would you rather the vet gave your dog an injection? The easier the dog medication is to administer, the greater the chance that your dog will get it on schedule, and for the full course of the medication. And that benefits you, and your dog. The Ideal Dog Medication
The ideal dog medication is one that has few, if any, side effects or long- or short-term health implications. It's a dog medication that's easy to administer, proven safe and effective, and one that's priced to fit your budget. The ideal dog medication is also one that is appropriate for the age, weight, species and health of your dog. Dog Medication Safety Tips
With dog medication, as with your own, always read and follow label instructions. Often, dog medication is designed for dogs within certain age, breed, or weight ranges. Review the instructions carefully. Never give dog medication to a cat, or vice-versa. Place topical dog medication in a place where your dog can't lick it off (between the shoulder blades, for example). And as will all medicine, keep dog medication out of the reach of children.
Using holistic medications in the belief that ‘natural' or ‘organic' medications are better than commercial ones, can lead to serious complications. For more information, click on Dangers of holistic medication in dogs
Always consult with your veterinarian before giving any holistic medications or supplements to your dog.
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