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.
Part of a veterinarian's duty is to relieve animal pain. Proper choice of medication is crucial as we want to relieve the pain without making the patient groggy and without side effects. Here are some medications used in pain relief.
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.
Most of our pharmacy section concerns specific medications; however, there are other topics that pertain to the pharmacy. We have separated them out for easier selection. These topics concern the actual administration of medicines, sources of unusual medicines, and other topics that are more general in scope. Please browse our list.
Hormones are regulatory biochemicals produced by "endocrine" glands and expected to circulate through the body to their target organs. They are effectively messengers telling different organs what to do, when to do it, and how hard to work at what they are doing. There are hormones naturally produced in the body; however, most therapeutic hormones are modified versions of their natural counterparts, designed to maximize the effects that a doctor might want maximized. Different hormones have tremendous therapeutic benefit. Here are some examples.