The importance of routine check ups, preventive
care and regular exercise is as essential to your pet’s health and
happiness as it is to yours.
And just like us, there will be unexpected
illnesses, bumps and bruises which happen along the way and need to be treated
by a veterinarian when severity warrants. When something does slow your
little friend down temporarily, your vet may prescribe some pet meds to
ease suffering or promote healing. Pet meds include everything from antibiotics
to anti inflammatory pain relievers and should only be used under the advice
and guidance of your veterinarian.
Just as with humans, dog and cat medicines
come in various forms and the administration required may differ. Most medications
come in pill form which can be hidden in regular food, disguised in specially
made treats to hold pills, or maybe your pet will simply eat it right out
of your hand. For liquid medications, ask the vet to provide you with a
needle-less syringe. This will allow for accurate dosages and slowly depressing
the plunger will squirt the medicine directly into your dog or cat’s
mouth to be swallowed down. In addition to specifically designed medicines
for pets; dogs can take some human over the counter medications for a few
ailments and your vet can direct you on exactly what to buy and the correct
dosage amount. Never give your animal human medication without first speaking
to your veterinarian.
In addition to being used as needed, pet medications include preventive
care and maintenance as well. For instance, it is very important to protect
a dog against heartworm and a preventive care medication regiment should
be administered for life. Your vet can provide you with various options
and help decide which is right for your dog.
Also, health supplements and vitamins are just as beneficial for dogs
and cats as they are for humans. Specifically designed for animals, these
supplements promote over well being and can be used for healthy bones and
joints, to support the immune system and even to increase the health and
color of your animal’s coat. As with any pet medication, supplements
should first be discussed with your veterinarian and administered under
their guidance only.