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Pet Talk: Choosing the right medication

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By Angela Clendenin

When it comes to the health of your pets, medications play an important role in preventing disease, increasing longevity and making for a healthier, happier pet. Whether it’s antibiotics, pain meds, or flea and tick prevention, there are various things to keep in mind when choosing the right medication for your furry family member.
“Avoid most human pain medications (such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen), as well as most combination cold/flu medications and Pepto-Bismol,” said Dr. Micah Bishop, a Veterinary Resident at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “If an over-the-counter medication is prescribed, ask your vet for the active ingredients you are looking for in a medication.”
You should also be wary when purchasing any drug through a website. “Some of these companies are not monitored by government regulatory agencies and their products may not contain what is claimed,” Bishop said.
Just like during your doctor visits, veterinarians need to know the drugs or supplements that your pet is currently taking in order to appropriately recommend another medication. Some drugs can react differently with a drug or supplement that is already in your pet’s system, so this information is important in order for your vet to choose the safest option for your pet.


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