At Countryside Animal Hospital, we often must prescribe medications to our patients. Understandably, you want to make sure you fully understand your pet’s medication in order to safely care for them. When you come into our veterinary clinic, you can rest assured that we will provide you with all of the information you need about your pet’s medication.
The Purpose of Prescription Meds for Your Pet
When your vet prescribes medication for your pet, it is to address a specific health concern. Many prescription drugs are only effective when used for certain problems, and it can be harmful to medicate your pet without a diagnosis. By making these medications prescription only, it ensures that they are used correctly.
There are certain medications that are sold “over the counter,” meaning they don’t require prescriptions. Over the counter (OTC) drugs have been evaluated by the FDA and determined to be straightforward enough for the public to follow without the guidance of a doctor. Some OTC drugs are just weaker versions of the prescription form.
Human Medications for Pets
If your pet has been prescribed a pain reliever, you may wonder why you could not give them an OTC pain reliever for humans. It’s is imperative that you not give your pet any medications intended for humans. Though they may be safe for you to take, many human drugs are toxic to animals. For example, acetaminophen can cause animals to fall severely ill and even die. Before you give any type of medicine to your pet, it is crucial to speak with your veterinarian.
Benefits of Medication from the Vet
There are online pharmacies that allow you to purchase pet medication directly. However, there are several reasons why it is in your pet’s best interest to get any medicine from our vet clinic in Fort Collins:
- Assuming we have it in stock, we can provide medication immediately so you don’t have to wait for it.
- We can answer any questions you have, instruct you on giving the medication, and we could even potentially demonstrate for you.
- You know that your medication has been properly handled when you get it from your veterinarian, whereas when you order it online, you don’t know if it was shipped properly.
At Countryside Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to providing your pet with the nurturing care they need to be healthy. If your pet needs medical attention in Fort Collins, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!