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7 Popular Vet Meds Pet Parents Should Know About

Your Guide to Medications Your Pet Might Need

By Sam Bourne. December 06, 2013 | See Comments

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If you are curious about something your vet prescribed and want to learn more about it, these are seven of the most commonly prescribed vet meds, complete with links to their full medication guides. Check them out and get informed.

We have all seen the medication ads on TV telling us to ask our doctors about such-and-such a medication, but what about for vet meds? If you think something is wrong with your pet, it pays to know a thing or two about the most popular medications on the pet pharmacy market.

The following are the most commonly prescribed vet meds, with links to their respective medication guides, which will give you a more comprehensive look at each one.

Novox

The generic form of Rimadyl (the popular NSAID type drug for dogs), this medication is incredibly useful for dealing with chronic pain due to arthritis or any other pain caused by inflammation. If you notice that your once spry pooch is starting to loathe the walks they once loved, it might be time to see if they need Novox.

Previcox

Another popular NSAID type drug, Previcox is also given predominantly given to dogs in need of relief from their osteoarthritis. A fast acting medication, Previcox is sure to have your pup back up and running in no time.

Proin

A medication designed to mimic the effects of epinephrine, Proin is used to help pets with urinary incontinence regain control over their bladder. This drug will help prevent any unwanted leakage. If your housebroken dog is starting to have more and more accidents, it may be time to consider Proin.

Vetmedin

Designed to help dogs with congestive heart failure, this inodilator works by increasing the circumference of their blood vessels, helping to take some of the load off of their overworked heart. If your dog has this potentially life-threatening disease, consult with your vet and see if Vetmedin is right for you.

Metacam

One of the few NSAID type drugs that is safe to use in both dogs and cats, Metacam is an easy to use oral suspension that can help treat your pet’s chronic, inflammation-related pain. If you suspect that your pet’s mobility issues are due to arthritis, Metacam could be able to help.

Temaril

Used for the treatment of bronchitis and kennel cough, temaril is an antipruritic and antitussive type drug, which means it is designed to treat itching and other cough inducing symptoms. Often combined with prednisolone, an effective anti-inflammatory, temaril can also help reduce the itchiness of rashes caused by eczema, otitis, and dermatitis. If you notice your dog is coughing a lot, ask your vet about temaril.

Selegiline

Used to treat hypoadrenocorticism, more commonly known as Cushing’s disease or the overproduction of cortisol, this monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) is proven to help boost the body's production of dopamine, which, in turn, allows the receptors in your dog’s brain to better regulate the production of cortisol. As Cushing’s is a common diagnosis in aging dogs, it can help to know the signs, as well as the treatment options.

Always make sure to speak with a vet before giving your pet any medication, prescription or otherwise.

Pet prescription plans like PetPlus exist to help make the oftentimes staggering price of your pet’s medications more affordable. Check out the pricing plans at PetPlus before you have your prescriptions filled.

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.

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