Our Pet Pharmacy features detailed information on commonly prescribed pet medications. The interested owner can learn how a medication works within the body, how the medication represents an improvement on previously used treatments, and what side effects one should be aware of. Understanding a medication and why it was prescribed is helps a pet owner understand the goals of therapy as well as possible pitfalls.
Many people write in to VeterinaryPartner.com to say "great article, but what is the dosage? I need that part!" It is our policy not to give dosing information over the Internet for many reasons, the most of important of which is that it's not ethical to give dosage amounts for an animal a veterinarian has not examined in person. If the weight given is not correct, or if there are problems unknown to the owner that could contraindicate certain drugs and dosages, dosage suggestions could have serious adverse consequences. It's a violation of most Practice Acts to practice medicine on an unexamined patient, and it is a federal violation to prescribe medication to a patient not examined in the last year, so we hope you understand why we cannot give dosage information.
The fight against infectious organisms is, of course, thousands of years old but in modern times our weapons are formidable compared to ancient remedies. Consider the impact of the discovery of penicillin not so long ago. Here are some medications currently used against infection in our pets.