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In today's economy, we know that dog owners do not always have on hand the necessary funds for an unplanned veterinary visit. And for some, vets are nowhere near where they live or they may come once a month to their area. What does one do when a vet is not available?
K911: The only number your dog needs to know!
K911 offers free, practical advice on how to deal with your dog's everyday problems. Here's a sampling: "My dog went missing. He is black and wearing a red collar."
Really? That's all you have to offer? There is the possibility the dog may be reunited with it's owner but if he has no identification, the chances are slim...as in VERY. A simple solution can prevent this from happening.
Why put your phone number on your dog's collar if he already has I.D. tags? Because when a dog runs through underbrush or is caught on an object and pulls away, tags are often lost while the collar remains intact. A loose dog with no I.D. may be viewed as either a stray or a castoff. By and large, strays do not fare well in our society. Having your cell phone number written on your dog's collar ensures his chances of being promptly returned.
Once, when our dogs went missing, we were reunited with them within the hour because they had collars clearly marked with our cell phone number. Don't let your dog become another "LOST" statistic!
In another area, are you concerned about giving prescription drugs to your dog? While using natural options may be your first choice, there are times when prescription drugs are needed. Knowing all you can about your pet's prescribed drug before use may alleviate many worries.
For example, the drug Previcox (firocoxib), prescribed for arthritis and distributed worldwide, has had both favourable and negative outcomes. Merial, the makers of Previcox recommend the prescribed dosage @ 2.27mg/lb (5.0 mg/kg) body weight once daily. It is not recommended for dogs weighing less than 12.5 lbs (5.67kg) as they cannot be accurately dosed. Unfortunately, many dogs have been overdosed with devastating consequences as the attending vet was unaware of the actual suggested dosage by the manufacturer.
Today, new drugs for animals are being tested and aggressively marketed by drug manufacturers. The animal care industry has become a multi-billion dollar industry (that's right, billion) and vets are urged to administer the latest drugs to their clients, often without knowing all the risks themselves. Pet owners are being bombarded with more drugs than ever before. Brilliant advertising campaigns, scare tactics and sadly, even pressure from respected professionals make it seem as if prescription drugs are our only choice. Can too many drugs actually be harming our beloved pets?
Ask a qualified vet to help you weigh the risks and benefits of any suggested medication prior to giving it to your pet. A competent veterinarian will have no problem explaining to you what symptoms to watch for and what steps to take should your dog suffer a negative reaction to a prescribed medication.
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Revised February 13, 2013