There’s a lot of natural pet care information online and not all of it is reliable. Many websites tend to get caught up in recommending only natural remedies, without mentioning mainstream Veterinary care or allopathic medication. The fact is, we need synthetic medication. We can tackle some conditions and symptoms naturally, or provide supportive natural treatments like supplements, but often we also need pharmaceutical medication to cure or treat ourselves and our pets.
When Your Pet Needs a Vet
Bacterial/Viral/Fungal Infections – Society has become more aware of the overuse of antibiotics, but they are necessary in critical situations. Antifungal medications are necessary to treat fungal infections like Ringworm. Antiviral medication is sometimes used for serious viral infections.
Kidney Disease – Having battled kidney disease in our senior cat, I am painfully aware of necessary treatment. While there is no cure, many of the secondary problems may require medication, such as bladder infections, anemia, vomiting, or dehydration.
Heart Disease – Conventional therapy for heart disease may involve the use of diuretics, calcium-channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, digitalis, etc.
Mange – Demodectic, sarcoptic and notoedric Mange is usually treated with medicated shampoo or “dips”. Drugs like Ivermectin can treat most types of mange, but may be toxic to some breeds (namely Collies).
Canine Hypothyroidism – Most dogs with Hypothyroidism will be on a synthetic medication for life. Medication requirements can vary throughout the dog’s life, necessitating regular blood work and dosage adjustment.
Can You Trust Online Pet Pharmacies?
Treating medical conditions in pets can get very expensive, but there are safe alternatives to paying inflated prices charged at many veterinary clinics. Using online pet pharmacies, with guidance and a prescription from your veterinarian, can save you hundreds of dollars. It is imperative that you only deal with trusted online pet pharmacies, however, such as Pet Care Rx.
Trustworthy online pet pharmacies will meet the following criteria:
- Licensed in your country/state/province. For example, a legitimate USA online pet pharmacy should be licensed in all 50 states.
- The pharmacy should be verified by the Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s Veterinary Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site program. It’s voluntary, but most legitimate pet pharmacies are verified.
- The staff should be licensed pharmacists.
- Prescription medication should require a prescription.
- Pet medication should be FDA-approved.
- Information about the medication should be provided, including ingredients and side effects.
- Contact information should be provided.
- Preferably have a high BBB (Better Business Bureau) rating.
If you have questions or concerns about your experience at a pharmacy or with a pharmacist, contact your board of pharmacy for assistance.
??? Have you ever treated your pet’s condition with prescribed medication? Please share your experience in the comments below.
FDA Online Pet Pharmacies
Messonnier, Shawn DVM. Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats: Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements 2001.
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