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Pet Medicines When To Self Medicate Or When To Visit The Vet

Pet Medicines

Pet Medicines

The UK is known as a nation of "pet-lovers", for every two residents at least one owns a pet. In addition, the animal health care market is overwhelming and is valued at 200 million GBP annually. Recently, a review of regulations concerning animal medicines led to unprecedented convenience in accessing pet meds from the chemist direct. In spite of the regulatory bodies ensuring appropriate animal medication, many Brits are still in the dark about the rights for their pets. So, education on how to ensure sturdy health in animals for companion is paramount.

So far, four categories of animal medicines are in the market legally since the year 2005. These are explained as following:

POM-V is the category of pet medicines that have numerous statutory requirements. It is required that the animal is subjected to a thorough clinical assessment before issuance of a prescription. The diagnosis must be carried out by a qualified surgeon or vet.

Another branch of animal drugs is the POM-VPS. Prescription of the medicines requires that any qualified professional conduct the diagnosis of an animal illness. It is not necessary to have a clinical assessment, but all drugs administered must not be disastrous to the health of the animal.

NFA-VPS these are medicines for non-food animals which can be supplied by a vet, pharmacist or suitably qualified person only. Again checks must be made that the medication is safely administered used correctly and information is supplied to do this.

AVM-GSL authorised veterinary medicines have no legal supply restrictions. They are classed as over the counter medicines. It is however expected that a responsible approach is taken in supplying this class of medicines.

Tick and flea control

To protect the health of your pets and yourself it is recommended that your fury friend should be regularly treated for ticks and fleas. Up to 50% of all cats and 25% of dogs will be infested with fleas each year. For every flea on your cat or dog there could be as many as 50 around your home. For this reason you will also need to treat soft furnishings too.

Regular treatment of fleas is important to ensuring promising healths for animals at all times. Typically four to five weeks intervals are ideal to achieving the purpose. Shampoos, flea collars, spot on drops and powders are some of the strategies to use when regular treating. Vacuuming, pet bedding washing and flea sprays give exclusive results when together with shampoos and the other options. In fact, the combination can end up preventing against ticks, as well.

Some treatments can have adverse effects on the health of young pets. Therefore, use of specialized tools is encouraged to care for them. For instance, a head lice comb is ideal for flea removal when used on animals less than three months old.

Dual treatments are encouraged when medicating animals. They are effective in preventing many risks posed by ticks. The treatments even mitigate the black-legged ticks that cause Lyme infection that threats your fury friend.

Worming treatments

Prevention of only external attack by ticks and fleas does not suffice to guarantee your animal a sturdy health. Internal treatment of infections caused by intestinal parasites, roundworms and tapeworms, is necessary for maximum protection. De-worming is ideal when done in every 3 months.

When making the choice of which wormier to purchase, give preference to Dual wormier. They are effective and can destroy both tapeworms as well as round worms. They exist in the form of granules, tablets or may be in liquid form.

Prevention of eye complications

It is not rare for pets to encounter eye complications that are expressed as discharges, mild irritations, cloudiness and redness of their eyes. However, the symptoms are easy to detect and remedy. Eye infections such as dry eye, glaucoma, and corneal abrasions need urgent attention in order to avoid eye loss or blindness by the animal.

Ear cleaning

Cleaning the ears of the animals to avoid infections is an obligatory role to caring pet owners. If not cleaned, the hairy nature of the ears will accumulate and harbour infections. Seeking advice from a vet about the right procedure of removing accumulated dust in the ears is essential to avoid piercing the eardrum and cutting the ear canal.

Alimentary canal complications

Gastrointestinal problems are a very common ailment that your pet may suffer from. Symptoms of their digestive problems can include difficulty in swallowing, loss of appetite, constipation, and diarrhoea. Problems can resolve themselves when the digestive system is given a rest, however more serious conditions can result in weight loss, dehydration and exhaustion. It is very important that you seek medical advice from your vet if you pet is vomiting, bloated, straining to pass a stool or not eating.

Lifestyle advice

It is believed that appropriate eating habits and regular exercises enhance the body fitness. The same case applies for animals and saves the costs for purchasing pet meds. This does not only protect the animal from attacks by parasites but also helps in preventing spread to the pet owners living under the same roof.


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