Medicines for pets: here are the best practices

Rules are to be followed regarding the medication of pets. (©Pixabay Illustration)

If you have a dog or a cat at home, you surely have a whole collection of drugs in your cupboard, the result of several visits to the veterinarian.

Some are well tested, others barely open and, when our four-legged friend experiences ailments, we are tempted to administer a medicine that we have in stock.

Corn pay attention to self-medication and especially to the conservation of these products. Because poorly preserved, they present both a risk for your pet but also for young children, tempted to swallow a pill lying around on the table, as indicated by ANSES in a press release:

Each year, many cases of accidents related to poor storage practices and the use of veterinary drugs are recorded. In France, in 2020, more than 400 people were victims. While the cases reported are generally mild, more serious poisonings are likely to occur, especially in young children.

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How to keep them well?

In order to prevent the youngest from inadvertently falling on your pet’s medication, it is advisable to place them at a height, in a different place from medicines for human beings.

While some medications can be stored at room temperature, others should be refrigerated, especially during this period of high heat. “For eye ointment, for example, it flows when it’s hot. This is why I advise owners to leave it cool, ”says Nathalie Blanc, veterinarian in Pas-de-Calais, withnews.fr

Even chosen for insulin, which must absolutely remain cool so as not to break the cold chain. “At the veterinarian, it is possible to ask for refrigerated pouches to transport this type of medicine to your home”, notes the expert.

Do not forget to look carefully at the expiry dates indicated on the product box.

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Beware of self-medication

A runny nose, an itchy ear… Some symptoms are familiar to owners who have tried to administer a drug already used during the animal’s previous pathology. However, self-medication is not recommended.

We often have the case for otitis: the owners tend to give the same medicine to their animal, under the pretext that it has the same symptoms. But it is not then the same otitis, so in this case, it is better to consult.

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Another mistake not to make: thinking that the dog’s medicine may be valid for the cat. And vice versa. “A 500 mg doliprane given to a cat can be lethal”, argues Nathalie Blanc. Which is why not the case for a large dog.

The error often occurs for antiparasitic drugs. “Again, depending on the animal, it can be toxic. »

Instead of throwing them away, bring them back

Most of the time, the drugs are prescribed by the veterinarian “by the blister”. That is to say that the necessary dose is delivered to prevent any remaining. But if this is the case, know that it is possible to bring the remaining drugs to your veterinarian.

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