Some commonly used drugs for pets and their side-effects. Pet caregiving info.

Metacam has potential side effects that caregivers should be aware of

As I have said before, cat and dog caregivers need to have some knowledge of companion animal health and treatments in order to discharge their responsibilities concerning pet caregiving including being able to discuss in a meaningful way treatments at their veterinarian’s clinic. In order to try and assist a little bit in that …

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American veterinarian criticises fellow vets for doing non-essential surgery such as declawing and tail docking

Dr Mike Petty DVM

Michael Petty DVM is a graduate of the veterinary school of Michigan State University. He owns the Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital. In an article which has been posted on Facebook, he criticises his fellow veterinarians for conducting non-essential surgery: cat declawing, dog tail docking and ear cropping. It is very rare for a veterinarian …

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Do animals experience pain during and after animal experiments?

Does animal testing cause pain?

Although it appears to be a dumb question, it’s a fair one that demands a reasonable answer. Although I detest animal testing, we have to have a critical and balanced discussion about it. Common sense tells me that animals experience pain in animal testing. Am I correct? Perhaps a sub-question would be: “How much …

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Opioid addicts stealing painkillers from their pets

Opioid epidemic reports that the growing opioid epidemic is resulting in some cat owners stealing painkilling opioid drugs from their pets to service their addiction. The report says that opioid addicts are hurting their pets and that the FDA is sounding the alarm and sending a major warning to veterinarians. The FDA recommendations include using …

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Overprescribed opioids for pets are being used by their owners

Tramadol for pets

Even in the UK we have heard of the US opioid crisis. For instance, some less than ethical doctors (for humans) are overprescribing Tramadol to their patients to feed an addiction to these prescription painkillers. Overall there were 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017 in the USA. On Jan 16th 2018, The Times newspaper …

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