When thinking about how your pet can be treated for an illness or after an operation, often the first thing that springs to mind is medication of some sort. Whilst most medication aids a cat or dog back to full health, it is extremely important to consider the different drugs that can be prescribed and what the implications may be if your pet is allergic to a certain medication without you knowing.
Vigilance is key when determining the safety of your pet’s health and it is important that every precaution is taken to ensure that your pet is given medication that will not harm them. Veterinarians play a huge in role in this sense. For example, if your cat or dog has had an operation on its leg, then a vet can conduct a series of tests including bloodworks to determine which anti-inflammatory drugs can be prescribed for your pet without the risk of toxic poisoning.
Whilst medication is the frequent method for nursing a pet back to health, there are other ways that you as a pet owner can implement to help your pet make a quick and speedy recovery. Nutrition is essential as a specific and balance diet will help your pet’s body to repair itself and reduce the risk of infection. Exercise (in moderation) is also a great way to get your friend back on track, whether it is a one minute hobble around your garden or a ten minute walk around the park; a gradual increase of movement will help get your pet on the path to recovery.
If a prescription is written up for your pet for any reason, do not be afraid to ask about each individual drug prescribed. Gain as much information as possible about the medications before allowing your pet to take them. By doing this, you are greatly reducing the risk of any complications arising with your pet’s health and also giving yourself knowledge for any future prescriptions that may be written-up for your pet.
Any medication that you give your pet has the ability to have severe side-effects and it is your right as the owner to ask questions about any such drug(s). Where possible, it is better to stay away from prescribed medication and to try to steer your pet back to health with more natural methods such as fresh air, a good diet and exercise.
Please be aware that this post is for advice purposes only and should not be read as a medical document. If you are worried about your pet then please contact your local veterinarian.
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