Risks Of Buying Dog Medications Over The Counter

Buying dog medications over the counter can have real risks for your dog.  It is best NEVER to buy products such as flea and tick medications or deworming medications at pet stores, discount stores or grocery stores.  There are enough pharmacies available now to allow for competitive marketing for Frontline and Advantage at reasonable prices.

Risks Of Dog Medications Over The Counter

Program is still available but not nearly as effective as it’s successors.   Sentinel and Revolution are good products that also incorporate heart worm prevention into their monthly dosing.  However, it is critical that you have your dog tested for heart worms before administering these types of medications.  If you treat a dog with a heart worm preventative and he has already been infected you can easily kill him.

Dog medications over the counter have dangers that include toxicity to the body and organ failure.  The cheap products we have all seen for years in the pet aisle at the drug store can be extremely toxic – to the dog, not the parasite.  These harmful chemicals are absorbed through the animals skin and can cause multi-system failure due to toxicity.

Dog medications over the counter like flea, tick collars and topicals seem to be some of the favorite products to purchase.  DON’T EVER use them!  They are terribly ineffective and quite toxic.  You often see puppies with fleas that are avoiding a small area around the dog’s neck. This is not solving the problem or even controlling it well.  However, you do see a lot of allergic reactions to the collars. Oral dewormers are also best left to the professionals. It is always the best idea to follow your veterinarians advice toward the best products available for fleas, tick and dewormers.

Oral medications for intestinal parasites are toxic by nature as well.  They are meant to kill the worm without harming the puppy.  The cheap dog medications over the counter varieties are unpredictable. Also, they not well researched and quite toxic.  Don’t ever use them.

About The Author

This article was written by Laura Anderson, a veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the veterinary field. The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice.

Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.

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