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Can I give my pet…

Written by Dr. Sarah Martin

If your pet is a cat then the answer is pretty much, NO! Tylenol will kill cats. Other human medications are either dangerous or in way too big of a dose to give your cat.  Please, never, ever give your cat human medication unless you have consulted with your veterinarian. There are some human medications we will use in cats. For example, in our cats dealing with kidney compromise we often use Pepcid, an antacid, on a daily basis – but not a full tablet. For most cats we would give a ¼ to a ½ tablet once a day.  Our cats that have heart issues are on human beta blockers, but again we are talking ¼ of tablet sized doses.

If your pet is a dog then the answer is sometimes. Dogs can have medications like Benadryl, Reactine, Gravol, and Pepcid. Often dog owners ask us about aspirin, Tylenol and Advil. We NEVER give dogs Advil. Tylenol may be useful in addition to another medications but needs to be used with caution, Tylenol can cause severe liver issues. Aspirin can be given, is fairly safe but the problem is it does not work that well. There are newer forms of this class of drug that work so much better and are so much safer.

Medications like Benadryl or Reactine can be given for itchiness, hives, or bug bit reactions. Gravol can be used to help dogs that get car sick. Pepcid is useful is dogs that have been vomiting and are being fasted and slowly re-introduced to a modified feeding schedule. Pepcid can also be helpful given in the evening with a treat to help dogs that vomit on an empty stomach in the early mornings.

Some medications are metabolized differently by dogs. For example, we cannot use many anti-seizure medications in dogs because they do not last as long in their bodies. We do not have great data on how slow release human medications work in dogs. If it is a liquid based medication always read the label very carefully- xylitol (an artificial sweetener) is toxic to dogs.  Xylitol causes very low blood sugar (to the point of seizures) and in higher doses liver failure.

Nutraceuticals can often be helpful – for skin disease, kidney disease and arthritis. High doses of Omega Fatty acids have been proven beneficial for all of the diseases mentioned. We usually use a dose of 180 mg of EPA (a specific omega 3) per 5 kg per day. There are veterinary formulations but if you read the labels carefully a good health food store may be able to help you out. Many families also put their pet on glucosamine (with or without chondroitin and/or MSM). This may benefit some dogs, but there is more data on the efficacy of high doses of omega 3 supplementation.

There are many different medication available but the most important things is to check with your veterinarian before starting a medication.  If your pet is on other medications, sometimes they can interfere with each other and cause adverse side effects.  Always know that we are here to help with your pet’s health care needs.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-759-3031. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Sunday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Pre-booked tech appointments only).

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Park Road Veterinary Clinic