Phone rings. It’s my mom. . .
Mom: Melissa, we took Maggie (the dog) to the vet for that raw spot on her leg and the vet shot her up with some stuff, and gave us some pills. Thought you’d like to know she’s OK.
Me: Mom, what shots did she get? What are the pills?
Mom: Umm. I don’t know. A steroid? An antibiotic? Let me try to read the pill bottle…. I’m not sure. It starts with a T for sure. Or maybe an L.
Me: … goes on for an hour lecturing Mom about how she needs to KNOW what her veterinarian does, and what medications her dog is on….
When a pet goes on a medication, it is vitally important that the owner clearly understands how the medication works and what potential problems can occur. A pet’s life is literally depending on the owner’s thorough understanding.
This is one of the reasons I LOVE Drs. Foster and Smith’s Pet Pharmacy. Every medication I get comes clearly labeled, and with an extensive “Patient Information Sheet” which gives me all the possible side effects possible, how to handle, where to keep the meds, any interactions, etc. I never have to worry that I am not giving the medication at the right time, with or without food. It tells me it all in great detail. I can also find videos of our on staff veterinarians describing medications on our YouTube channel – sometimes watching and listening helps the information sink in better.
I also LOVE my vet! When I started my senior dog, Mocca, on Rimadyl (Carprofen) (a popular pain reliever for symptoms of arthritis) – she was very careful about giving the lowest dosage possible to start, doing blood work before, and doing more blood work after 30 days to make sure there were no side effects going on we couldn’t see – such as Mocca’s liver. I wish all pet owners are as fortunate as we are to have such a wonderful, thorough veterinarian.
In the end, please be sure to know as much as you can about the medications you are putting in your dog or other pets and side effects. Hopefully your veterinarian will be there to help you as well, but knowing as much as you possibly can only be more beneficial for the health and well-being of your pet.