The value of modern medicines is obvious. Drugs suppress pain, kill germs, correct hormone imbalances, improve mood, make breathing or digestion or walking easier, even delay the inevitable wear and tear of old age. Modern medicines are a major reason why the prevention and treatment of disease is more successful than ever before. Even so, all drugs are potentially dangerous. A drug may act as a poison and be "toxic" if too much is given, if it is given for too long or it is not eliminated safely from the body. In other circumstances a dog's body may consider a drug to be "foreign" and mount an immune response to it. That immune response may itself cause problems.
Drugs are almost always given according to body weight although dosages may be lower for growing pups and kittens than for mature dogs and cats. Exact dosing, especially in small dogs and cats can be critical. Never assume that what is safe for us is also safe for pets. For example, while cats tolerate corticosteroids better than people or dogs do, a single paracetemol tablet can kill a cat.
Allergy To Drugs
Antibiotics and vaccines are the medicines most likely to provoke the immune system into an allergic response. When giving medicines, if your pet has any of these reactions, please contact us immediately.
- Itching and scratching
- Facial swelling
- Rash and hives
- Watery eyes
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Lameness from joint inflammation
- Difficulty breathing