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Does the veterinarian explain the possible side effects of your pet's prescription? Medications are the 3rd leading cause of HUMAN death but here's how to protect your pet.


October 30, 2006

Nel Liquorman, Investigative Reporter


For countless years, veterinarians have dispensed drugs for my pets and not one has ever said "Look for these possible side effects from this medicine."  A few years ago laws were passed that required pharmacists to give out printed matter that included a list of side effects with any medication that they dispensed. They are commonly called Prescription Inserts {Ref #1} or technically, CIS, Client Information Sheets.



So why are veterinarians exempt from advising of allergic reactions or overdose risks, especially since they are both doctor and pharmacist?


If anyone does not believe that side effects come along with any drug that they give their pets, then just listen to the commercials for any human drug on the market. Side effects, technically know as adverse reactions, can be something as simple as a reddening of the skin or as serious as death!


If adverse effects can happen in a life form the size of a man, imagine what it can do in a small dog or cat. We have to stop blindly trusting even really good veterinarians who may only know what the drug company salesman told them.


Prescription Side Effects can kill your pet and you may not recognize the allergic reaction until too late!Four years ago, my beautiful cat died after getting an oral vaccine. The vet (a really good person and a good enough vet) suggested that the oral form was safer than the injectable vaccine. However, this information, according to another veterinarian, was erroneous.


A little research revealed that many of the safeguards had been taken out when they developed the oral form. The "side effects" in this case, were as serious as it could be.  I am not the only owner to suffer heartbreak over a preventable reaction to prescription drugs or commonly dispensed medication that any individual animal could be allergic to.


Never give your pet any new medication without insisting on a prescription information sheet.


There should be a list of possible or likely side effects on that sheet.  Do not let your vet ignore FDA Guidelines {Ref #2} as has happened when things get busy in the veterinary office.  And never agree to any kind of medication, even a drug you've used before, until you do the research yourself - a hard lesson that I have finally learned.


I wish I had known then about the prescription death rate in PEOPLE for Adverse Reactions {Ref #3} and that many drugs (and vaccines) are "deadlier than the disease" and are prescribed death. {Ref #4}


Actually, the research I've done since is a real eye-opener and something every pet owner and parent should take time to absorb.


Reference and Related Article Information:

{1} Prescription Inserts  {2} Vets Ignore Guidelines  {3} Adverse Reactions  {4} Prescribing Death  ~  Nutraceutical Disaster

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