Common Pet Medications

The Internet is filled with veterinary and pet medication sites, and all claim to be the foremost authority and source for your pet’s needs. Buying medication for your pet is okay, as long as you know exactly what you’re buying and the proper amounts to administer to your pet. Thus, the professional advice of a registered veterinarian is invaluable. This information does not replace professional veterinary care; its purpose is to be used as an educational guide to your pet’s medications only.

Adequan – Usually used for combating arthritis, with injections 2 times a week for 4 weeks for a maximum of eight injections. Injections are given intramuscularly. Dogs, cats, and horses are the usual patients.

In veterinary medicine, buspirone has been especially helpful in the treatment of phobias (such as fear of thunder, people in uniform, etc.) and in the treatment of urine marking in cats.

Calcitriol – This medication actually represents activated vitamin D. It plays an important role in calcium phosphorus balance and can be beneficial in preventing the progression of kidney failure.

Chloramphenicol – Chloramphenicol represents years of antibiotic development. It can easily pass deeply through purulent material to the organisms hiding within, through cell membranes to attack parasites living within, and into organs where other antibiotics cannot go.

Chlorpheniramine Maleate – Chlorpheniramine Maleate is an antihistamine used for acute inflammatory and allergic conditions such as snake bites, vaccination reactions, blood transfusion reactions, bee stings and insect bites, and to manage itchy skin.

Clemastine fumarate – This is one of the more effective antihistamines available, although a bit more expensive. Due to its efficacy, it is the first choice for combating itchy skin. It has found to be helpful in 30% of itchy dogs and 50% of itchy cats.

Diethylstilbestrol – DES has only one primary use: combating sphincter tone incontinence in female dogs. DES is used at extremely low doses to avoid the toxicity issues that have been a problem for estrogen derivative medications.

Diphenhydramine – Most obviously, diphenhydramine is an antihistamine and it’s for the treatment of acute inflammatory and allergic conditions such as snake bites, vaccination reactions, blood transfusion reactions, bee stings and insect bites.

Enrofloxacin – Enrofloxacin can be used in either cats or dogs to combat various types of infections, especially those involving Pseudomonas.

Famotidine – This drug can be helpful in combating Helicobacter infection, inflammatory bowel disease, ingestion of a toxin that could be ulcerating, any disease involving protracted vomiting, or chronically in combination with medications that irritate stomachs.

Fluconazole – Fluconazole works by inhibiting the fungal enzymes that produce ergosterol, an important component of the fungal cell wall. Without adequate ergosterol, the fungal cell becomes weak, leaky, and ultimately dies.

Glipizide – This oral medication works by causing the pancreas to release insulin more effectively. It also helps increase tissue sensitivity so that smaller doses of insulin may have a greater effect. Some cats will respond adequately to this treatment and thus avoid the use of insulin injections at home.

Metoclopramide – Motility disorders are common and may be chronic or of sudden onset. When motility is reduced in the stomach, food pools there and creates a sensation of nausea and bloating.

Orbifloxacin – Generally used in fighting infections in cats and dogs, especially those involving Pseudomonas. Also effective against Staphylococci, and thus is commonly used for skin infections.

Lactulose – Lactulose is primarily utilized as a stool softener or for treating liver patients.

Phenylpropanolamine – Phenylpropanolamine can be used for suppressing appetite or as a decongestant, however, in veterinary medicine this medication is used almost exclusively for the control of urinary incontinence in the female dog.

Ranitidine – Ranitidine is valuable for combating conditions where there is stomach irritation and ulceration.

Terbinafine – Terbinafine is used for combating other types of fungi but at this time it is mostly used against ringworm.

Trimethoprim Sulfa – This medication is also known by many names as it’s a commonly used antibiotic in both human and veterinary medicine. It’s become a popular choice thanks to its broad spectrum and inexpensive cost.

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