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Posted on 04-25-2016

Your veterinarian is the only professional trained in the proper use of pharmaceuticals in animals. No other person has the knowledge and skill to safely prescribe medication to your pet. Contrary to popular belief, your neighbor, the breeder, your best friend, your physician, nor your pharmacist are qualified to advise you to give your pet any type of medication.

          Medication should only be given to your pet based on the proper recommendation of your veterinarian. You should never extrapolate from the prescription instructions. For example, never give a medication prescribed for one pet to a different pet. Also, don’t deviate from the prescribed dosage without consulting the veterinarian. Always check with your veterinarian before giving a medication from a source other than your veterinarian (i.e. From the neighbor, the feed store, one of your own medications.)  A drug from another source may be expired, too potent, have untoward side effects, or have risks to the handler.

          Only use medications that have proper and complete labeling. Most importantly, the name of the medication should be plainly readable. A proper prescription will be labeled with the following: Name, address, and phone number of the patient; Name, address and phone number of the prescribing veterinarian; the name and strength of the drug, as well as the amount contained in the bottle; complete administration instructions; any pertinent pre-cautions. Medications without labels should NEVER be given.

           A good rule of thumb is to consult your veterinarian before giving any type of medication or supplement to your pet. He/she is best informed as to the proper use of these chemicals in your pet’s body.

          Until next time…Thanks for Caring!!

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