All About Albon

Albon (sulfadimethoxine) is a sulfa drug – a type of antibiotic that has been around for a very long time.  But, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still an incredibly powerful and useful tool in veterinary medicine.  Albon can be used to treat infections throughout the body caused by a wide variety of susceptible microorganisms.

When you hear the term “antibiotic,” you probably think of medications that treat bacterial infections.  While Albon and its relatives can certainly do this, they are also effective against a particular type of parasite called CoccidiaCoccidia infect the gastrointestinal tract, usually causing diarrhea in puppies, kittens, and other young animals.

When using Albon, veterinarians typically prescribe an initial “loading dose” that is twice that of subsequent doses.  This allows the drug to quickly reach therapeutic levels in the body.  A pet’s condition should noticeably improve within 48-72 hours of beginning treatment.  If this does not occur, contact your veterinarian.  Make sure to give your pet all of the doses of Albon that were prescribed, even if he or she seems completely back to normal.  Treatment should continue for at least 48 hours after all symptoms have resolved.

Albon comes in both pill and liquid form available from vetdepot.com, which makes accurately dosing animals of all sizes easy.

How to Safely Switch your Dog’s Pain Medication

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are a cornerstone in the treatment of canine pain. They can be used in cases of acute injury (i.e. trauma or post-operatively) and also for chronic conditions like osteoarthritis.  Many different prescription NSAIDs have been developed specifically for dogs.  These pet medications are much more effective and safer for canine use than are over-the-counter human medications like aspirin.

With so many choices, owners often wonder which NSAID is best for their dog. There is no one right answer to this question.  Some dogs respond better to one product versus another, but there is no way to determine which is best without trying several.  If your veterinarian prescribes a particular type of NSAID and your dog does well on it, there is no reason to make a change.  However, if you are not pleased with your dog’s response to one brand, you should try one or two more before coming to the conclusion that NSAIDs won’t work for your dog.

However, switching between types of canine NSAIDs can be dangerous when done incorrectly. To lower the risk of unwanted side-effects like gastrointestinal ulcers, the first drug needs to be eliminated from the body before the second drug is introduced.  This process can take around five days to be complete, so you should wait at least this long after stopping one type of NSAID before starting another and watch your dog closely for signs of gastrointestinal distress like vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite when starting the new drug.

If your dog requires pain-relief during the five day wash-out period, your veterinarian can prescribe an analgesic that is not an NSAID, like Tramadol.

Purchasing Pet Medications Online

It is human nature to search out the least expensive and simplest way to make a purchase.  That’s why internet shopping has become so popular, right? Purchasing discount pet meds online is a fantastic way for pet owners to save money.  But the old saying “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is” certainly can apply.  Let’s see how.

Some common pet medications are available without a prescription.  This is true for popular brands of flea and tick control, most nutritional supplements, dental care options, some forms of arthritis relief, and more.  In these cases, owners can purchase directly from the pharmacy without first contacting their veterinarian.  However, you should always tell your vet about any medication, prescription or not, that your pet is taking.

Prescription medications are another story.  Because of potential dangers to pet or human health if these medications are used incorrectly, a veterinarian must be involved BEFORE they are dispensed.  Common prescription pet medications include antibiotics, heartworm preventatives, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.  If you ever run across an online pet pharmacy that offers to sell you a prescription medication without a prescription, run!  This is not a reputable company, and they are very likely cutting other corners that could endanger your pet’s health.

Obtaining a prescription and having it forwarded to an online pet pharmacy may seem inconvenient, but it is a simple way to make sure that your pet is getting the care and high quality medications that he or she deserves. Many online pet pharmacies, like VetDepot, make it easy for you to get the medication you need by contacting your veterinarian via fax, phone or email to obtain a prescription for your order. If your veterinarian chooses to provide you with the written prescription required for your order, you can fax, mail or scan and email your prescription to the pharmacy to fill your order. If you ever have any questions or require assistance, a reputable online pet pharmacy will have helpful customer support staff to help you.

 

Pain Relief for Cats

Cats are physiologically different than dogs.  Because of this, they are more prone to developing potentially life threatening side-effects from the most common class of pain relievers used in dogs –NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories). This makes keeping cats comfortable in the face of both acute (i.e. post-surgical or traumatic injury) and chronic (i.e. osteoarthritis) pain challenging.

When cats are hospitalized, veterinarians have a wide range of options to choose from regarding pain medication. But once a cat is scheduled to go home, the choices become more limited.  Below are a few of the more commonly used pain relievers for cats commonly available from retailers like http://www.vetdepot.com.  Many are also good options for dogs.

  • Buprenorphine – good  for acute and chronic pain but can get expensive with long-term use
  • Tramadol  – good  for acute and chronic pain
  • gabapentin – good for chronic pain
  • amantadine – good for chronic pain
  • Joint Supplements – good for chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis and possibly some other conditions
  • Metacam (meloxicam) – this is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that has been used in cats, but repeated use increases the risk of side effects.  It may still be an option for some individuals.

If you think your pet is in pain, talk to your veterinarian and ask if any of the aforementioned pet medications might be appropriate.

 

Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

Pets rely on us for everything. We provide them with food, water, attention, veterinary care, pet medications and everything else their furry little paws aren’t able to provide for themselves. But what recent studies show pets can give us in return is invaluable- our health.

Owning a pet is linked to a variety of health benefits including lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, a slower heart rate and less stress. Thanks to plenty of walks and play time, pet owners also typically lead a more active lifestyle than those who don’t own a furry companion.

Pet owners not only usually experience better physical health, but also benefit mentally. The love and companionship provided by a pet has been shown to decrease feelings of loneliness and depression, outbursts, and instances of mood disorders. It’s no wonder why therapy dogs are now specifically being trained to comfort the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients and even cancer patients.

Pets  improve both our physical health and our quality of life. So the next time your sweet pup is not so sweetly chewing up something he’s not supposed to, remember all the benefit you’re getting from his tail wagging companionship!