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Common Cold & Flu Medication a Danger to your Pets

Posted by on February 3rd, 2012

This time of winter is when the worst of cold and flu season strikes. No one likes being struck down with a cold, surrounded by dirty tissues and fighting off the sneezes, sniffles and sore throats under the blankets. It’s no fun, and that’s why you turn to our Canadian Pharmacy for common over-the-counter medication to help keep that cold at bay and let you get on with your life. One thing that you need to watch however is to be careful with even the most common over-the-counter cold and flu medication can actually be quite deadly for your furry friends at home.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) wants all pet owners to be aware of the dangers and risks that improperly stored or casually placed cold and flu pills can pose to dogs and cats.

Just one tablet of extra-strength acetaminophen, for example, could kill your cat. Cats are especially sensitive to acetaminophen (which is often sold as Tylenol), because it can damage red blood cells and interfere with their ability to transport oxygen, the group says.

In dogs, which tend to be bigger than cats, acetaminophen can cause liver damage as well as red blood cell damage at higher doses.

Pseudoephedrine is a popular decongestant in many cold and sinus products, and acts like a stimulant if accidentally ingested by pets. In cats and dogs, it causes elevated heart rates, blood pressure and body temperature as well as seizures. Ibuprofen (often sold as Advil) and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like naproxen can cause serious problems even in small doses. Pets are extremely sensitive to their effects, the ASPCA says, and may experience stomach and intestinal ulcers and—in the case of cats—kidney damage.

Even the morning vitamin staple of so many people – Vitamin C, can be a deadly pill for your pets. Even small exposures to Vitamin D analogues like calcipotriene and calcitriol can cause life-threatening spikes in blood calcium levels in pets. Clinical signs of exposure—including vomiting, loss of appetite, increased urination and thirst due to kidney failure—often don’t occur for more than 24 hours after ingestion.

In 2007, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center received 89,000 calls related to pets ingesting over-the-counter and prescription medications.

The ASPCA says if you catch your pet gobbling up medication, you should call your vet right away, even if the pet seems fine, since a poisoned animal might appear fine for several hours or even a day or two after the incident. The ASPCA also has a Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. .

Be sure to take the product’s packaging with you to the vet so s/he can see what’s been ingested. And remember to keep all medications tucked away in bathroom cabinets—and far from curious cats and dogs. We might need a decongestant to get going and get on with our day, but that same pill can be deadly for your favorite furry friend.


Prevent Heartworm this year with HeartGard Plus

Posted by on March 29th, 2010

Last weekend on March 20th marked this years Spring Equinox, the day we commonly say goodbye to winter and welcome back the longer days and warmer weather of spring and start to look forward to summer. While it is nice to have spring showers bringing the spring flowers, there is a downside to this seasonal change and that is the reemergence of dangerous parasites like Heartworm that threaten the lives of dogs and cats.

Heartworm is a common disease that has spread all over North America and is particularly endemic in certain regions. The parasite is spread by mosquito’s so now that its spring and the mosquito’s are soon to back in full force it’s  time to look at how to protect your pets from developing the serious complications associated with heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that is caused by parasites that your pet can contract in their bloodstream from mosquitoes. The parasite grows in your dog and can slowly weaken your pet, robbing them of their health and in the end can shorten their life significantly. Responsible pet owners that protect their animals from heartworm through a preventive product can also reduce the rates of heartworm because mosquitoes can only pass on the parasite through biting infected animals. Heartworm can be treated but because the common mosquito spreads it and veterinarians often only see symptoms once it has reached a more advanced stage, it’s often undetected for years. The treatment used to combat an infection is risky, very expensive in terms of vet bills and is often ineffective in the end. For these reasons it is smart to look to prevent heartworms before your pet is infected.

Canada Drugs through our PetDrugs.com site sells a full assortment of the most popular heartworm preventive products. The number one recommended choice by American veterinarians is Heartgard Plus, which when used as directed can prevent heartworm infection in your dog. The convenient, chewable tablets taste just like a treat to your pet, making them easy to administer. HeartGard Plus comes in different dosages that are tailored to dogs of different weights and are safe for puppies as young as six weeks, which lets you start protecting your pet as soon as possible in their life.

PetDrugs.com also carries a line of generic medications that are therapeutically equivalent to HeartGard Plus. These generic products contain the same active ingredients of Ivermectin and Pyrantel that are in HeartGard Plus. PetDrugs.com offers both the brand products and generics to give customers the maximum choice for their pet’s health.

Take advantage of our low prices and buy HeartGard Plus medication at PetDrugs.com today.