Is your pet not feeling well? Do you sense your pet is reacting differently? If you want to cure the problem, you can make use of pet medicine.
Most people don’t pay close attention to how to manage their pet’s health and prevent illness. This guide is tailored for those pet owners who are seeking directions on how to administer pet medicine and some useful tips regarding veterinarian drugs.
What can you do to keep your pet Safe and Healthy?
- The first thing to do as soon as you feel your pet is sick is to visit a veterinarian for a checkup of your pet and give a detailed account of the history of illness/uneasiness. This visit is of immense importance and even if you think that your pet has become ill with the same issue you have previously treated with medication, do not decide on your own to give your pet the same drugs or leftover drugs because it can be dangerous and can cause a delay in accurate diagnosis of your pet’s current problem. Talk to your pet’s doctor first.
- When the medication is prescribed, you should ask the doctor why he has recommended this medicine and when and how should this medication be used? At this point, you should let the veterinary doctor know if your pet has an allergy to any drugs.
- You should not give your pet any medications without consulting your veterinarian as drugs may lead to adverse reactions.
- Always keep the medicines in the same containers in which you received them and store them at the temperature indicated on the label or as directed by your veterinarian. Do not transfer the contents of medicine to another bottle.
- Also, you should never use one pet’s medication for another pet unless you are advised by your veterinarian to do so.
How to give medicine to your pet?
The best way to administer medicines to your pets is to hide them in their food. For instance, you can hide your dog’s pills in his favorite meal
However, you cannot use this trick in case of Liquid medications as you cannot easily hide or crush them the same manner you can a pill or capsule. To administer liquid medication, you will have to hold your animal tight so that you can access its mouth.
Distractions can be an easy way to give medicine to your pet without much effort. Examples of distractions are a walk in the park, some new adventure, etc.
Commonly used Pet medication
With the passage of time, there has been a growing expansion in the availability and efficacy of pet medicines. The pharma industry is continuously evolving and its commitment to animal health can be witnessed in constant innovation and expansion in the use of existing products and development of pet medicine for new diseases. The list below contains the most commonly used pet medicines:
Antibiotics: As the name suggests, these drugs are used to treat bacterial and yeast infections. Some examples of antibiotics in pets are trimethoprim-sulfa, penicillin, cephalexin, and enrofloxacin.
Pain relievers: These medications are generally used to relieve pain because of morphine contained in them. Examples of pain relievers include hydromorphone, oxycodone, butorphanol, and fentanyl.
Antiparasitic: These medicines are prescribed for preventing or killing internal or external parasites such as worms, protozoans, etc.
Behavior-modifying drugs and sedatives: These medicines are intended to pacify anxious pets and help in mitigating anxiety related to numerous behavioral issues in pets, prepare pets for general anesthesia, and to minimize pet movement in delicate procedures. Examples of these drugs include xylazine, diazepam, midazolam, and acepromazine.
Taking good care of your best friend is the primary responsibility of every pet-owner. Pets should be recognized as part of the family and be treated accordingly. In case of illness, you should take your pet to a veterinary doctor for seeking advice. Only the drugs prescribed by a veterinarian must be given to your pet and avoid using self-medication or over the counter medications. If you are facing difficulty in administering medicines, you can make use of the above tips.