Pet parents are supposed to provide the best care possible for our furry friends. In this edition of Pet Pointers, Lisa Chelenza has more information about pet prescriptions.
Pet parents can help our pets live longer, happier lives by providing top notch healthcare. We take our pets to veterinarians more than ever before, and they are providing more choices in care.
It’s not uncommon for a vet to prescribe human anti-inflammatory meds for pets with arthritis, for stomach upset in horses to be treated with Prilosec, or anti-anxiety meds like Xanax to be prescribed for dogs with severe separation anxiety.
There are about 300 human drugs now approved for use in pets. Some have different names and dosages, but they are essentially the same drug.
Some prescriptions can cost as much as $100 each, and if you are dealing with a chronic illness this can really add up. Asking your pharmacist for generics is a way to cut down on the cost without sacrificing your pet’s health. Shop around, many big chain stores with pharmacies like K-Mart, Wal-Mart and Target, offer deep discounts on some generic drugs. You could save hundreds of dollars, and more importantly, provide the medication your pet needs without breaking the bank.
Never try and diagnose a problem yourself. If your pet is vomiting, is very sleepy, seems agitated, or you’ve noticed any changes in their bathroom habits, it may be a sign they are sick. Never give your pet human drugs unless directed by your vet.
Always ask about side effects, reactions, or behavioral issues to look for in case your pet has an adverse reaction to any prescribed medication.
If you have pet health insurance, or are thinking about getting it, ask the provider about prescription drug coverage and make sure it’s in your plan.