Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Buy Pet Meds Online And Save Money

Anyone who owns a pet knows that providing the proper care for your pet requires spending some money. Whether you own a cat or a dog, or any other type of animal, most pets require some kind of medications to prevent illness and keep them healthy. Most vet offices have many medications readily available for you to purchase, but did you know that if you buy pet meds online you can save yourself some money? The very same brands that are available at the vet are also available online, and usually for less money.

If you own a dog, then you probably already know that providing preventitive heartworm medication is an absolute must. Dogs are vulnerable to heartworm disease if you do not treat them with routine preventative medicine, and heartworm will make your dog very ill, possibly fatal to your pet. Because you have to treat your dog on a regular basis, usually monthly, this expense can add up over time. As a general rule, you will save more money if you purchase in bulk, and if you know you are going to need it, then why not buy pet meds in bulk and save.

The same is true for medications your animal needs to prevent fleas, ticks and worms. Most medications require a monthly dosage that you squirt on the back of your pets neck. There are many different brands available and always follow your vet's recommendations as to which ones to purchase. These easy to apply meds are a great solution to your flea and tick problems and many of them also protect against worms as well. (Make sure to read the product to make sure it provides the type of protection your animal requires, as many products offer protection against fleas and ticks but not all of them offer protection against worms as well).

You may not need to treat for worms on a monthly basis, but if you own a dog or cat that frequently tests positive for worms and goes outside, you may want to consider talking to your vet about providing monthly protection against worms. Indoor cats who have had their poop tested and are free from worms usually do not have a problem with worms unless they come in contact with an infected animal, but outdoor cats can frequently come in contact with it and become reinfected. This can be expensive as the animal will need to have a fecal specimen and if found positive, will need medicine to get rid of the worms. I usually bring a fecal specimen with me to my cats annual check ups just to make sure they do not have worms. If your dog or cat does test positive for worms then you will need to administer medication that your vet will provide. It is very important that you follow the vets instructions on how and when to give the medicine to make sure it is effective. I usually bring another specimen into my vet several weeks after treatment to make sure the worms have been eliminated. I went through this ordeal several times before finding out you can give preventitive medicine for worms and it is conveniently provided with the flea and tick medicine that I already give my cats. You must check though because not all brands have the worm treatment included. And most importantly, always ask your vet which product to use for your animal. Do not treat your animal with any medicines without first getting your vets approval. Now that I give my cats medicine on a routine basis, I have found that to buy pet meds online adds up to a pretty good savings.

Make sure you bring your animal to the vet for annual checkups. Some pets may require additional visits, and your vet will let you know when you need to bring your animal back in for an examination. If your animal seems ill or has had a change in urination, bowel habits,eating habits or seems overly tired, not playful, vomiting, or any behavior that is not normal for your pet, you should notify your vet so he can determine if your pet needs to be examined. Never let your pet go on for several days with strange or sick behavior because the sooner you report to your vet, the sooner the problem can be identified and treatment can be started. Providing your pet with good, quality care will ensure your animal lives a healthy and happy life

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