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Essential Medications for Every Dog

Dec 3rd 2015 at 4:24 AM

Every pet parent wants a happy and healthy animal. This means feeding your dog a high-quality food, taking him for walks, and providing him with love and attention. However, there’s a lot more to making sure that your pup lives a long and healthy life. In addition to scheduling regular appointments with your local vet clinic, you should also provide your canine with these essential medications.

Flea and tick medication

Fleas and ticks are a real nuisance. They can make your dog itchy and uncomfortable, and they can take over your home, affecting your entire family. Unfortunately, fleas and ticks can also transmit a variety of illnesses and diseases that include tapeworms and Lyme disease.

In order to prevent these parasites and the diseases they carry, it is important to provide your dog with a flea and tick medication. The most popular form of this medicine is topical. You simply part the hair between the shoulder blades and apply the medication. However, there are also new oral medications, as well as homemade and organic options, that will keep these creepy crawlies at bay.

Worm medication

Many worms cause a wide variety of irritating symptoms. However, worms like hookworms and tapeworms, are fairly easy to treat with little to no long-lasting effects, which means no regular preventative medicine is needed. However, heartworms are another matter.

Heartworms can obstruct the chambers of the heart and cause a wide range of lasting effects if not caught and treated right away. If not treated at all, they can actually cause death. Because heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos, choosing a preventative medication is the best way to keep Fido safe. Some products even combine heartworm medication with flea and tick medications, which means you only have to administer one pill each month.

Vaccines

Don’t forget about vaccines! Although they aren’t administered regularly, they are still important to the health of your dog. Core vaccines are essential to your pup’s health and they include the rabies and distemper vaccines. However, there are a number of other vaccines that your vet may recommend. Although most vaccines only have to be administered once or twice, your pet will need to be vaccinated against rabies throughout his lifetime.

To schedule an appointment to discuss medications or vaccines, call your local vet clinic.

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