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Dangers of Using Online Pharmacies for Your Pet’s Prescriptions

Dangers of Using Online Pharmacies for Your Pet’s Prescriptions:

Today almost everything is on the internet. Instead of having to leave the comfort of your home, modern technology has made it possible to find or purchase whatever you need at the tap of your finger. Although there are a lot of benefits to this new digital world, there are some things that should be avoided -- one of the most important being pet prescriptions.

Difficulty Trusting Supplier Credibility:

For most things, the internet is the go-to place to find the best deals. In the cases of your pet’s health, opting for the cheapest price is not the way to go. Making sure your pet receives proper and accurate care is one of the primary concerns for pet parents. Online pharmaceutical suppliers of pet medicine have drawn in pet owners with their appealing prices and deals on necessary pet care veterinarians offer. While it may be tempting to save a few bucks on big budget hitters like health care, it is very difficult to determine how reputable these suppliers are, much less the drugs they carry.

Dangers of Using Online Pharmacies

Understanding the seriousness of the problem and wanting to prevent further malpractice, the FDA has tackled these shady online pharmacies and reinforced their campaign to make animal parents more aware of how to properly buy veterinary medicine. The organization takes quality assurance issues with online veterinary products very seriously because of the influx of counterfeit, expired, improperly stored, or mislabeled drugs being sold. If an online pharmacy doesn’t require a veterinarian’s prescription, or doesn’t appear to have proper accreditation, chances are it’s not safe.

Insufficient Diagnoses:

Another main concern when it comes to online suppliers, is the accuracy of determining the health concern being treated. Diagnosing your pet and prescribing the best medical treatment for your animal is very difficult without an in-person consultation. Relying on online suppliers, can result in insufficient diagnoses which might even lead to you spending more money on a false health concern.

Further concerns about this issue come from the FDA. Their consumer update specifically advises pet parents make these health-relating decisions with a proper veterinarian-client-patient relationship. In addition to this being the best way to provide an exact diagnosis and being able to prescribe the right medicine, proper drug monitoring and check-ins are crucial for your pet.

Consult Your Veterinarian:

Veterinarians have your best interest at heart, and their primary concern is giving the best care for all of their clients. Putting your trust in an online source that you haven’t developed a relationship with does not give you the same benefits and care that your primary vet does.

While pet health care cost can be a concern for any pet owner, it should not drive you to take drastic measures that put your pet in jeopardy. If you are concerned about the cost of your pet's prescriptions, ask your veterinarian for more cost-efficient treatments or alternative solutions.

Let Our Team at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo Give Your Pet the Proper Care

No matter the health concern or your budget-constraints, our team at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo is here for you and your pet. Don’t forgo expert advice and resort to questionable alternatives. Schedule an appointment with us today to discuss next steps for your pet’s care and let us answer any questions or concerns you may have about online pharmaceuticals.

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Benefits of Introducing Pheromones to Your Pet Care

Just like humans, animals are susceptible to the emotional impacts of environment and lifestyle changes. In the majority of cases, being exposed to unfamiliar and potentially frightening situations can be hard on your pets and result in some degree of behavioral change. Anything from alarming sounds like thunderstorms and fireworks to unfamiliar living situations such as moving to a different home or introducing a new pet to the family, can negatively impact pets.

Some of the most common behavior issues include:

Benefits of Introducing Pheromones to Your Pet Care

  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Marking
  • Separation Issues
  • Chewing
  • Digging
  • Barking Incessantly
  • Potty Training
  • Fear of Loud Noises
  • Fear of New Environments
  • Fear of Vet and/or Groomer

If you are a pet parent with a furry loved one exhibiting any of these symptoms, pheromones offer a holistic, effective solution that provides the necessary comfort and ease to correct these unwanted behaviors.

What are Pheromones?

Pheromones are species-specific, chemical signals used by animals to communicate.

Scientists have been able to isolate the appeasing components of pheromones that mimic neonatal pheromone that mothers produce to comfort their young and alleviate  stress. When used for pets, the pheromones reduce the overwhelming stress and excitability that result in problem behaviors in both cats and dogs. When an animal is in a relaxed, emotionally balanced state, they are better able to correct or learn acceptable behavior. In addition to its effectiveness, this incredibly safe treatment does not require absorption into the bloodstream or metabolism and is safe to use with other medications.

Treatment Options:

Pheromone treatment is delegated in a variety of different ways and dependent on the type of animal you have. Due to the fact that pheromones are species-specific, using the right pheromone for the type of animal you have is crucial.

There are a few trusted-brands that offer pheromone treatments that have had incredibly successful results such as Feliway for cats and Adaptil for pups. Both of these brands offer a wide range of treatment options to choose from:

  • Pheromone Collar: Fit and designed to stay, this traditional collar offers constant pheromone support no matter where your pet goes. 
  • Ointment: Applied on the nose, this fast-acting ointment is an effective short-term solution for calming pets.
  • Calming Diffuser: This plug in diffuser disperses a stream of calming pheromones to help dogs and cats feel safer and more secure. This type of treatment works best for enclosed areas that your pet frequent. 
  • Calming Spray: This spray establishes a calm and relaxing environment for almost every surface or area where your pet feels safest. Whether using on pet beds, kennels, or your animal’s favorite sofa, this stain-free spray can provide comfort when needed most. 

Not sure on what’s the best way to give pets the pheromones they need? Schedule an appointment with Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo to have one of our veterinarian’s personalize a pheromone treatment for your lovable pet’s unique needs and behavioral issues.

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Plan Ahead: Preparing Your Pets for the 4th of July

You can’t help but conjure up images of fireworks when you think of the Independence Day holiday. The two things naturally go together. While adults and older children understand the reason for the noise and brilliant color displays, dogs and cats do not and can become highly stressed by this holiday. You naturally want to protect your pet and reduce her anxiety, but you can’t control what other people choose to do with fireworks. Many communities, including Lake Elmo, have large displays while your individual neighbors may light off fireworks as well. What’s a concerned pet owner to do?

How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Happy During Fireworks Season

Preparing Your Pets for the 4th of July

Some pets do little more than look up at the noise and go back to sleeping or whatever else they were doing before the fireworks went off. For other pets, the mere sound of a loud boom sends them running for cover right away. If you plan to attend a community fireworks event, the best place to keep your dog or cat is at home. Your pet won’t have any appreciation for the sights and sounds, which can actually be terrifying to experience. This could also cause her to attempt to run away to escape the loud noises. It could be very difficult to find her in a crowded environment.

You also need to consider what to do to help calm your pet down due to the sounds of fireworks that he hears from home. You will know that you’re dealing with a case of anxiety when your dogs trembles or whimpers or your normally docile cat hisses and won’t let anyone near him. We encourage you to try one or more of these tips until the fireworks display is over:

  • Cover the loud noise from the fireworks with soothing music
  • Don’t punish your pet for behavior that results from fear
  • Place your dog in a separate room with the door closed while stopping in periodically to check on him
  • For fearful cats, make sure they have several hiding places to choose from when the fireworks start
  • Try to distract your dog with a treat-filled toy or your cat by engaging him in a game of chasing a string or the dot from a laser pointer
  • Consider a pheromone diffuser kit, such as Adaptil for dogs or Feliway for cats

Schedule an Appointment with Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo for a Highly Anxious Pet

Some dogs and cats have a naturally anxious disposition and won’t respond well to any of your attempts to calm them. If you feel that might happen with your pet this Independence Day season, contact us to request an appointment. One of our veterinarians may prescribe anti-anxiety medication or come up with another solution such as wearing a "Thundershirt". We hope that you and your pet enjoy the all-too-short season of summer!

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