Pets Meds Minders

27275336_sIt can be really frustrating and scary when your pet gets sick. Listening to your veterinarian when they tell you about your pet’s medication is very important because they will give you all the important information. Some pet owners want to know more than the veterinarian is used to giving out, so here is a basic guide to pet medication.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories – these are common medications and help reduce swelling. They can be short term or long term. These can increase the chance of bleeding and are not recommended with other medications that can increase the chance of bleeding.

Antibiotics – these are usually given for short term, but can be given long term at a very low dose. They fight infections and kill bacteria. They cannot be used to fight a virus though. Antibiotics can be rendered useless by some other medications or supplements, so it is vital to ensure the veterinarian is aware of any other medications or supplements being taken by the pet.

15505939_sAnti-parasitics – these are used to prevent or kill parasites like fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal worms. Many of these are taken routinely every month or year as preventative measures.

Steroids – these can be used for anti-inflammatories, allergies, and even anaphylactic (Serious allergic) reactions. They are commonly used short term, but some conditions may require long term.

14452527_sSedatives and behavior drugs – these are used to calm anxious pets or help with various behavioral issues. It can be short for a long road trip or longer for something like helping to calm an always anxious animal.

Pain Relievers – these are usually given short term after a painful procedure so your pet doesn’t have to suffer as they heal.

Chemotherapies – these drugs are used to treat or cure cancer and tumors.

Hormones – these can range from insulin for diabetes to thyroid medications to help balance thyroid hormone levels. These are more commonly long term and may even be lifelong depending on the condition.

It’s important to keep track of the medications your pet is taking and if there has ever been an adverse or bad reaction to any medications. If you forget or don’t understand the instructions for any medications, get in contact with the veterinarian’s office. They know your pet and how the medication will affect them. They can also tell you what side effects to look for. Make sure to keep medication out of reach of pets and children. It is best to use a medication reminder system to keep doses on time. An app for your smartphone like MedsMinders really helps. It will let you set alarm reminders for the medication, dose, special instructions, and more.