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The facts are, we don't always have funds available for an unexpected and oftentimes expensive vet visit. In isolated areas, vets may come only once a month. If you can schedule your dog's illness on that particular date then you have no worries. The reality is though, when you have a sick dog, he needs help straightaway!
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One topic in particular has to do with prescription drugs. While natural options may be our first choice, there are times when prescription drugs are needed and should be used. IS YOUR VET INFORMING YOU OF THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS? A qualified vet will have no problem helping you weigh the risks and benefits associated with prescribed medication prior to it's use. Symptoms to watch for and steps to take should your dog suffer a negative reaction should also be discussed.
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.
The animal care industry is a multi-billion dollar industry fueled by brilliant advertising campaigns, aggressive marketers, scare tactics and even pressure from respected professionals. Vets are routinely urged to administer the latest drugs to their clients, often without knowing all the risks themselves. Pet owners are bombarded with more drugs than ever before, making it seem as if prescription drugs are the only choice for our pets but can too many drugs actually be harming our pets?