No Prescription Pet Meds

Written by Shirley Parker
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As with remedies for human ailments, some time-honored pet medications are available without a prescription. In addition, alternatives to prescriptions have been sold for years. Over-the-counter (OTC) meds may or may not work, may take longer to work, or may have more or less side effects or risks than a prescription. Almost all are available on the Internet, but use caution.

Studying the tiny print on labels on "no prescription" pet meds is essential. It's appalling to read that a readily available treatment for ear mites can cause brain damage. It's alarming to see that a flea killer is highly toxic to pets and children until it dries. What happens if the pet licks its fur and ingests the awful stuff?

Flea collars can be useful but really don't kill that many fleas. They banish the fleas to the animal's rear-end or to the carpet where they hop onto other passing carriers. A well-known flea collar carries only a mild warning about possible allergic reactions. That's not much help when you find a severe chemical burn on your pet's neck from wearing that same collar. It makes one ask why such products are allowed on the market. Of course, prescription products should also carry strong warnings where needed.

Natural Remedies to Keep a Pet Healthy

The alternative pet medicine field uses all natural products, including food and herbal remedies for every situation from conditioning shampoos to anxiety medication to hot spots on dogs. Practitioners take into account the possible causes of an illness. These may include improper diet, high stress, separation distress, behavioral problems such as eating non-edible items, and grief from loss of a human or animal friend. Again, do the research before self-prescribing herbal remedies. Herbal products are also drugs and can be powerful.

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