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Ask a Vet: Talk with your vet about pet medication

POSTED: January 12, 2014 12:30 a.m.

If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend the movie “Clerks,” provided you’re not easily offended.

This hilarious movie was made by a first-time director who became a star.

The comedy also contains a ton of simple little jokes that are philosophical treatises. One of my favorite is “Am I supposed to drink this coffee hot?” uttered by a customer at the convenience store that is the central locale of the plot.

The answer is yes. You are supposed to drink it hot. That’s why it’s hot. If you want it cold, either get an iced coffee or let your hot coffee cool (the universe will help you out with this, no need to worry).

Some instructions are implicit. Although too frequently, adults abdicate their responsibility and claim complete ignorance.

McDonalds was sued when their coffee was hot and burned someone. Now you have the warning signs on the drive-thru.

So let me say this: If we send home medicine for your pet, give it to your pet. I can’t make it simpler.

The same is true for your medicine from human doctors. If we prescribe it and send it with you, you (hopefully) need it. If you can’t take it for some reason and it’s not been made clear to you as an optional medication, please contact us immediately.

Recently, I saw a dog who had been in a fight with her housemate and actually fractured her canine tooth. I extracted the tooth and sent home antibiotics and pain control medication. The owner was unable to get the antibiotics into the pet and called us back five days later about the smell. Yeesh.

I understand some animals are impossible to medicate orally. But had I heard this from the owner on the first day out, we could have taken care of the problem and not had the resulting setback.

So please, if you have medication prescribed and cannot give it for whatever reason, contact your veterinarian or physician and see what your options are. Communication is essential in all relationships, including the people that sell you drugs.

Matthew Sisk is a practicing veterinarian from Habersham County. Have questions about your pet? He can be reached at mattsisk2003@yahoo.com.


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