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  1. Since I’ve had several undesirable experiences with vets over the years, I decided to do in-depth research on various home remedies, and have a fully stocked first aid kit for my cat, with over 25 items.

    I have several reference books for treating feline health issues. I also have the book “Secrets of a Vet Tech-The Guide to low cost pet care when the cupboard is bare.” by J.C. Ferris.

    I’ve been able to save a cat’s life who had a urinary blockage when the owner/guardian thought it was just constipation. The woman had called me to ask what she should do. After asking her several questions, I told her to take the cat to her vet ASAP. The vet said the cat was only hours away from dying, and they kept him in the clinic for 4 days.

    She now gives him D-Mannose powder in his meals, as I recommended, to prevent urinary issues and deadly blockage associated with male cats. Some time ago, I had asked my vet if she knew about D-Mannose as a UTI preventative, and she said she’d never heard of it. I wasn’t surprised, because vets aren’t in the business of “prevention”, other than recommending products for fleas, tick, and heartworm. Some of these are causing serious side effects. I’ve seen the effect of a Seresto collar on my friend’s cat. Her scratching led to a hole in her neck. She was allergic to the chemicals in the collar.

    I do not blindly trust vets or doctors. Although they may have similar training, they’re led by their “opinions” which can vary from person to person. They’re also influenced by “prescription” pet food manufacturers. One vet thinks that dry food cleans teeth, and is opposed to wet or raw food. Other vets believe that dry food causes dental issues, and supports raw feeding. There are opposing opinions on every issue. It’s kinda like religion. How do we choose?

    Mostly I choose to treat my cat myself, unless it’s a dental issue. When my cat needed dental work, I interviewed 5 vets, mostly asking about what drugs would be used, since my cat has shown a sensitivity to certain ones.

    One vet refused to take me as a client because I was “too involved”. Seriously, and I kept her email to prove it.

    I’m guilty of caring for my cat’s health issues (fortunately, at 9yr. she hasn’t had many) for the most part without consulting a vet.

  2. I am a nurse. Yes, tramadol (ultram) is a controlled substance. It is my understanding that to get meds through an online pharmacy you have to provide a prescription through a licensed vet (or MD if for a human). I looked into trying to get heartworm meds online but was not successful because I didn’t have a prescription. Just wondering how people are able to get prescription meds online without it.

    • Thanks Krista. The though just came to me: a British woman is in jail in Egypt for bringing into the country 300 Tramadol tablets because it is an abused pain killer in Egypt like more serious drugs.

  3. If animals are in your care and you did not treat for fleas, URI, tend to a wound to alienate the animals suffering you would be guilty of neglect. It was not that long ago the NC veterinary made changes in the laws that forced rescues to have to seek Vet care for everything!

  4. “(6) ‘Practice of veterinary medicine’ means:

    a. To diagnose, treat, correct, change, relieve, prevent animal disease, deformity, defect, injury or other physical or mental conditions; including the prescription or administration of any drug, medicine, biologic, apparatus, application, anesthetic, other therapeutic/diagnostic substance or technique on any animal.” NOT TRUE. The practice of veterinary medicine is to offer these services to the public for a remuneration as well as claiming to be a qualified veterinarian. You might as well say that advising a friend to take an aspirin is practicing medicine.

  5. This is a grey area with conflicting regulations. It appears that anyone can purchase amoxicillin and tramadol online, such as at 1-800-PetMeds, which uses the title, “America’s Largest Pet Pharmacy.” Following the above line of thinking from the North Carolina Veterinary Medicine Board, anyone in NC who purchases a substance online (that normally requires a prescription from a veterinarian) to administer to an animal is potentially guilty of this “crime.” Probably most states in the US have similar laws in place. It appears to be legal for an online site to sell these meds. Therefore everyone who makes a purchase of this type is “guilty” of practicing veterinary medicine, as well as the online sites themselves. Obviously a major flaw in communication and regulatory laws…🤔😕😠

  6. You make a very good point: where do you draw the line on cat owners administering meds to their cats? This must be a difficult one for the authorities to prove. I am very surprised at Tammie’s arrest.

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