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Generic Alternatives for Popular Pet Medications

By Team PetCareRx. April 05, 2012 | See Comments

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    Ernest Ezue

    PetCareRx Pharmacy Director

    Lynbrook, NY

Generic Alternatives for Popular Pet Medications

Here is a list of generic alternatives for some of the most popular pet medicines used by pet parents today. Use it to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Name brand pet medications like Rimadyl or Heartgard are great ways to keep your pet healthy. But what you may not know is that many of these name brand medications have generic equivalents. Generic pet meds have the same active ingredients as their name brand equivalent, and they are almost always less expensive. You can choose to fill your name brand prescription with the generic alternative as long as the prescription does not say "Dispense as written."

Below are some of the top generic alternatives to the most popular pet medications on the market today. 

1. Heartgard Plus for Dogs

Heartgard Plus for Dogs is a chewable tablet that protects your dog against heartworms and treats for roundworms and hookworms.

Key ingredients:

  • Ivermectin
  • Pyrantel pamoate

Generic Alternatives to Heartgard Plus for Dogs:

2. Rimadyl

Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that treats your dog for arthritic pain and inflammation.

Key Ingredients:

  • Carprofen

Generic Alternatives to Rimadyl:

3. Soloxine

Soloxine is a synthetic hormone replacement for the thyroid hormone that treats hypothyroidism in dogs and cats.

Key Ingredients:

  • Levothyroxine

Generic Alternatives to Soloxine:

4. Enacard

Enacard can lower your pet’s blood pressure and help reduce the symptoms of congestive heart failures.

Key Ingredients:

  • Enalapril

Generic Alternatives to Enacard:

5. Salix

Salix is a diuretic that can be used to treat pulmonary edema, kidney disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and edema.

Key Ingredients:

  • Furosemide

Generic Alternatives to Salix:

6. Atopica

Atopica is a non-steroidal medication that treats your pet for dermatitis.

Key Ingredients:

  • Cyclosporine Modified

Generic Alternatives to Atopica:

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 pharmacist for accuracy.

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