Understanding Pet Medications

Your veterinarian is the best professional to assess your pet’s medical needs and to answer any questions you have regarding medications. Here are a few questions you may want to ask your veterinarian when discussing animal medications:

  • What is the name of the medication, and what is its purpose?
     
  • How much medication should be given and how often?
     
  • How and where should the medication be stored?
     
  • Should the medication be given with food, or before or after meals?
     
  • What if I miss a dose?
     
  • Should all the medication be given, even if my pet seems better?
     
  • What side effects should I watch for?

Other helpful tips:

  • Keep the medication in the original labeled containers to ensure you are giving the proper dose at the correct intervals.
     
  • Do not give human medications to your pets unless directed by your veterinarian.
     
  • Keep a list of all medications your animal is taking (including over-the- counter products, supplements and prescription drugs) and share it with your veterinarian at each visit.
     
  • A pharmacist is legally required to obtain permission from your veterinarian before modifying a prescription in any way. This includes changing a medication from a brand name to a generic product or adjusting the dosage.

Source: Ohio Veterinary Medical Association