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Following Your Vet’s Treatment Instructions

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Is your pet sick or recently had an operation? You probably have to give them medicine. Sometimes, getting a pet to take a tablet or paste, or applying cream is more difficult than we expect. Still, it is crucial to follow your vet’s treatment plan for your pet, to ensure success!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • When you go to the vet, don’t be afraid to ask any questions that come to mind, even if they seem obvious; this will reassure you. You absolutely need to know:
    1. How to administer the medicine: by mouth, with or without food, in water, etc.
    2. When and how often your pet needs their treatment: once a day, morning or evening, every 12 hours, before or after meals, etc.
    3. How long the treatment should last.
  • ​If you have any questions after your visit, don’t hesitate to call the clinic! The staff will be pleased to answer your questions.
  • Follow the dosing instructions to the letter. If this is a problem because of your schedule, talk to your veterinarian before starting treatment. Often, the vet can find a compromise or alternative.
  • If you find it difficult to remember the doses, consider creating reminders. In this age of smart phones, creating reminders or alarms for every medicine time is very simple.
  • Even if you notice that your pet’s health is improving, still continue the treatment until the end.
  • Follow the packaging recommendations about storing the medicine (in the fridge, at room temperature, etc.). Inadequate storage conditions can affect the medicine’s safety and effectiveness.

If your pet develops adverse reactions after taking their medicine, contact your vet right away.

Never decide to change the administration regimen or stop treatment on your own.

Never give your pet human medicines.  In addition, it is not advisable to mask medicine in human foods like peanut butter or hot dogs.  These can add additional fat and calories to their diet that may contribute to weight issues and other serious health concerns.  Ask your veterinarian what pet friendly solutions they recommend to make pill time easy.

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