Are you aware that your pet may take some of the same medications that we humans take?   Antibiotics, pain-numbing drugs, antihistmaines, and more that are generally prescribed by doctors for people may also be used in pets.  

There are also some over-the-counter (OTC) medications that pets can take.  OTC medications are available without a prescription, so they can be used without appropriate guidance by a veterinarian.  I always recommend owners consult with their veterinarian and use both OTC and prescription medications under the veterinarians’ guidance to ensure that safe and appropriate dosing occurs.  What may work for you may not have the same beneficial effects on your pet and can actually be toxic.

Learn more via my contributions this article for Prevention Magazine: 5 OTC Meds Your Pet Can Take—And 5 That Can Be Toxic

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