Pet Meds For Keeping Common Conditions At Bay

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There are many conditions that pets contract that they really shouldn't have to suffer through in these modern times. Itching from fleas or allergies, stiff and painful joints or intestinal parasites can make your dog or cat extremely uncomfortable. In many cases, such conditions can be quite harmful or even fatal. Fortunately, there are many pet medications available to keep such common conditions at bay.

An example is a heartworm infestation in dogs. This is becoming more common every day, but is a completely preventable condition. Giving your pet Heartgard PLUS Chewables for Dogs can keep him or her from contracting this often deadly parasite that is transmitted through the bites of mosquitoes.

Most veterinarians require pets to undergo a simple heartworm test before they will prescribe Heartgard PLUS, but once your dog is on this preventative medication, you can rest assured that your loving pet is protected. Not only does Heartgard PLUS keep heartworms at bay, but it also serves as an intestinal de-wormer. That's double protection for your pet.

Heartgard offers an oral medication for cats, too, so your feline friends can be protected from heartworms. Heartgard Chewables for Cats prevents heartworm disease by eliminating the tissue stage of heartworm larvae. It also works to remove and control hookworms in your pet.

Fleas and ticks are other common parasites that plague cats and dogs. Put your dog on Frontline Plus, and your pet won't have to suffer through painful, itchy bites from those pests any more. Frontline Plus is a topical treatment used to control fleas, ticks and chewing lice for dogs and puppies, as well as for cats and kittens. Separately, formulations are available for each type of pet, and will provide quick relief.

In cases of extreme infestations, you might want to treat your dog with an all-over dip like Virbac Pyrethrin Dip. This product can be used on dogs, puppies (over 12 weeks old), cats and kittens (over 12 weeks old) to kill and repel many pests. No more will your pet suffer from the bites of fleas, ticks, lice, gnats, mosquitoes or biting flies.

At the same time that you treat your pet, you must treat your home in order to prevent a reinfestation that "bugs" your animals and your family. Virbac Knockout Room and Area Fogger contains pyrethrins and permethrin to quickly kill the adult pests in your home and to sterilize fleas and their eggs for up to seven months. That is a lot of power that you can employ to keep your home free of these biting pests.

Ear fungus is a common condition in many breeds of dogs and cats. It can be controlled through the use of Panalog Cream and Ointment. This is a topical ointment that can be applied directly to your pet's ears. It combines an antibiotic, antifungal and corticosteroid to soothe and cure ear fungus and many other skin conditions. It, like most of the other products described here, is available by prescription through your pet's veterinarian.

Our pets are living longer these days, just as we are. Because of that, they can suffer from many of the same age-related disorders that humans do. One such condition is painful joints. This can be treated in dogs with Chondro-Flex DS Joint Care Formula. This soft chew is designed to relieve pain and stiffness that is associated with normal daily activity, and it is available over the counter. But you should consult your pet's veterinarian before self-prescribing.

For cats with joint pain, DVM Feline Joint Gel offers relief with glucosamine. Joint function and flexibility are improved through the use of this oral joint formulation. It contains not only glucosamine but MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) as well. This is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory product that works with the glucosamine for maximum effect. Also included in the DVM Feline Joint Gel are Omega-3 Fatty Acids and antioxidants for overall health.

Some dogs and cats suffer from eye dryness. In that case, many veterinarians prescribe Artificial Tears. This product prevents irritation and relieves dryness in the eyes of pets just as similar products do for humans. It is applied just like human eye drops, with relieving effects experienced almost immediately.

If your pet suffers from allergies, Clemastine (Rx) might offer relief. An oral antihistamine, Clemastine tablets can be used by dogs or cats. Of course, it isn't a cure for whatever is causing your pet to sneeze and cough. But it does offer symptomatic relief of allergy symptoms so that your pet is more comfortable.

These are just a few examples of the wonderful medications and supplements that your dog or cat might need. Talk to your veterinarian about any conditions your pet might have and he will advise you on the best treatment to bring your furry loved one the relief he or she needs.

Patricia Catagnus is a freelance writer who writes about pet care and pet meds.

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