Exotic, domesticated, wild or living on a farm, animals can get sick just like their human counterparts, and if the symptoms of the discomfort persist, get worse, or over the counter medication seems ineffective, it is time to make an appointment with the veterinarian.
An animal doctor will assess the patient thoroughly and determine if there is any cause for concern. Sometimes surgery is required, but in most cases ailments can be treated with simple, but timely medication therapy. There are numerous types of medications to treat all kinds of diseases and conditions, and usually they are placed in two main categories. ‘Prescription' medication is what the animal doctor prescribes; while ‘over the counter' means that anyone can purchase pet medication without the advice, or approval of a veterinarian.
Today, pet medication can be purchased at the local pharmacy, animal hospitals or online. Whichever method suits you best will depend on how quickly you need the medication, your budget and what medications are covered by your pet insurance, if you have any. Not all pet insurance plans cover all pet medicines necessary for complete animal healthcare, so find out if your insurance plan covers emergency, as well as routine pet medicines.
Natural meds, supplements and vitamins will help maintain the health of your domesticated friends. However, many of these natural and holistic remedies may not be medically approved and there are few guidance or regulation laws on how some of these liquids and pills are manufactured and distributed, especially when purchased online. Being cautious is the key, and if the Internet sale's offer and the free shipping are too good to pass up, maybe only order the required minimum. When the product deems to be satisfactory, you can always buy more.
Whether one needs drugs for a pet's eyes and ears, arthritis and joints, bones, teeth, fleas and ticks, heartworm, vaccines, tape worm, or any other type of animal health concern, shopping for pet medication online can be quite a money saver. Of course, before ordering anything at all, one should check out if the pet pharmacy's site is reputable and guarantees that its products are real and not generic equivalents - unless specifically requested by the vet. Never substitute generics on your own without consulting your vet, as there may be a valid medical reason for sticking with originals. As convenient as online shopping may be, there is one major drawback. Electronic ordering cannot be used in emergency situations, as it may take several days for the products to arrive at your home.
When traveling with a pet, pack an ample amount of medicine for the duration of your trip. Also, add extra supplies in case your travel plans get altered or extended due to bad weather, medical emergency, or transportation difficulties, just to name a few reasons. You may be able to disrupt part of a minor treatment, or skip preventive meds, but missing a dose of critical medications may be fatal to your pet. So, if you are genuinely concerned about your pet's welfare, do not jeopardize his or her health just because you needed room in your suitcase for an additional pair of shoes. Footwear can be replaced, but not your loving, trusting friend!
By: Melissa Davis