Stop Your Dog’s Side Effects
With the advances of veterinary medicine and
research new and more powerful drugs have become the favorite of many veterinary practitioners to combat illness
and eliminate pain that dogs have as a result of injury, age related conditions and surgery. The problem that
travels with these new wonder drugs is the possibility of serious
side effects .
When your dog displays signs of illness or
discomfort the first course of action is to make a quick visit to the veterinarian. Depending on the symptoms
that you describe and the vet observes, he may decide to do some tests to determine the cause. Some of the tests
may include blood panels, stool and urine samples and X-rays to
complement the examination.
It may take a few days for the laboratory
results to be reported to the veterinarian. Once he has the lab reports he may prescribe antibiotics for
infection, or a range of other prescriptive meds, even anti-inflamatory pain medication to help your dog. This
is when your dog parent antenna should go up. Your vet is well intentioned, but your dog is your best friend
and you will want have all the facts before consenting to the use of any medication
When your vet prescribes any medication you
should ask what the potential side effects of that medication might be. For example, non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can provide substantial levels of relief to your dog after an operation
or has joint problems, carry the associated risk of certain side
Some of the less serious side effects from
this type of medication include depression, vomiting, decreased appetite, lethargy and diarrhea. More serious
side effects include liver problems and kidney damage.
Dr Michele Sharkey, DVM of the Office of New
Animal Drug Evaluation at the Center for Veterinary medicine says that "If the pet owner can recognize a
possible reaction, stop the medication, and get veterinary help, it could mean the difference between a good
outcome and a disaster."
Immediately ceasing to give your dog the
prescribed drug and contacting your vet should be an almost
simultaneous course of action. Early detection of the side effect, stopping the use of the medication and
veterinary intervention are critical to your dog’s recovery and health.
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While this is clearly solid advice, many
holistic and alternative medicine veterinarians suggest that the use of certain drugs and medications are
inherently dangerous for dogs. They would suggest less toxic remedies as a first course, eliminating the need
for some medications.
For example, many vets prescribe meds for
allergic skin conditions that carry the potential risk of unpleasant side effects. What if your dog could
eliminate the need for those meds? The risk of side effects to your dog would be eliminated and this is perhaps
the best way to stop your dog’s side effect from medication.
Explain to your veterinarian your preference
for alternate, natural treatments whenever possible. Obviously, not every condition permits this type of
approach as many serious illnesses and injuries require immediate medical intervention to save your dog’s life.
But for many, less serious problems, a less toxic, safer and more natural remedy may be just what the doctor
ordered to heal your dog’s condition and contribute to his long term health as well.
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