Does your dog or cat take medication?

United States
January 17, 2007 4:21pm CST
I just got my dog, Abby back from the vet. She will be seven this summer and has started having trouble with holding her urine, so no infections or stones (thank goodness) but she has to go on a low dosage of hormone therapy! What did we do way back when - as a kid I don't any of my animals being on "lifetime" medication. Abby, also has epilepsy and has to take phenobarbitol twice a day. The vet said there is a "remote" chance being on the hormones will cause seizures -- I can't stand that thought, I freak when she has seizures, I feel so helpless and it's so scary. Are any of your animals on regular medication too?
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@shambuca (2560)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I had a dog named Boozer and as he got older he became diabetic, he was about 9 or 10 when he started losing weight and see seemed out of it, but yet he ate like a horse and drank tons of water. I suspected diabetes because my nephew is diabetic and the symptoms are similar, we took him to the vet and sure enough thats what it was- they kept him for a day to regulate his sugar and then he came home- we had to give him a shot twice a day gradually over the years increasing the insulin, but then you also had to watch him to see if his sugar went low (he would get lathargic)- then you had to give him Karo syrup to bring him up. We loved our dog so much that we couln't bare to put him down for something we could help him with. A couple of years later he lost his sight but still was a playful happy dog, he lived to be 14, and I don't regret a moment, I was so thankful to the doctors for giving us the extra time with him.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Wow, 14 is a good life span for a dog, I'm glad that you and your family were able to give him quality of life. Is that a new puppy in your avatar? he/she is awful cute?:)
@seewhy (231)
• Australia
17 Jan 07
I had a cat that had to take daily medication for hyperthyroidism. It was to slow down her thyroid gland so that she wouldn't lose too much weight. I used to feel awful giving it to her as she wasn't good with tablets and it was stressful seeing her so upset when it was time for her to take it. In the end I'd crush up the tablet and mix it in with her food. No problems after that much to my relief!
• United States
17 Jan 07
Glad you found a solution, giving pills can be an interesting experience with animals. My mom's cat used have to have mediation in one of his eyes each day, and when I went to visit one time I noticed the eye was bad -- mom admitted it was just "too difficult" and she would just wind up upset and the cat too. I showed her how to gently wrap him in towel with his paws restrained and then put the medication in his eye. Worked like a charm! :)
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@srhelmer (7031)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
17 Jan 07
The only thing my cat gets is a vitamin each day. If they invent an "anti-stupid" pill for cats, he'll be the first one receiving them.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I don't believe you guys! Even if it' true you shouldn't say that what if the cats are reading your posts :) Mine is forever watching my monitor :)
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• United States
18 Jan 07
Yes, all three of my cats are on special diets and they take Nutri-Cal.
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• United States
18 Jan 07
I am so sorry to hear this about Abby. At present, my cats are okay. I only feed them vitamins. Good luck with your little sweatheart. She is so lucky to have such a loving mommy to care for her.
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• Canada
18 Jan 07
We have 3 dogs and 2 cats. They take no meds for anything, ever. No vaccinations, no nothing. I am a Natural Health Care Practitioner, and so I give them certain things everyday for their health. They get colostrum for immune system support. Noni for structural and general health. Chlorophyl to keep their little bodies PH balanced. If they happen to get something such as an ear infection occasionally, I clean it with oil of wild oregano, diluted with olive oil. For fleas and ticks they get a blackwalnut capsule and garlic, from May to October. That about covers it. No problems = no vet bills.
• United States
18 Jan 07
My dog is on medication, but not prescription medication. He has alot of hot spots and is constantly chewing himself. The dr. recoommended benedryl and it seems to help quite a bit. Im sorry to hear about the possible side affects for your dog, but lets just hope for the best. Good luck to you!
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@haze06 (241)
• Philippines
18 Jan 07
My cat have been in medication for a week now. It was when our chaufer accidentally ran over him!! I freaked out!!! good thing he was just hit by the left end of his feet. We rushed the cat to the hospital and was confined for observation for a few days.. Now, he's drinking dextrose.. but that's the only medication that the vet gave him. lolz..
• India
18 Jan 07
Even i have a dog he is 2yrs old.But he has never been on such medication or such ever (Thx god).But my frd too has a dog whos on medication as even she is having some hormonal probs n even she has to go through some operation.So i guess it happens with some dogs, even they r like us its just they cant talk.dont worry ur dog will be fine soon sweety
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• Nigeria
18 Jan 07
do you want to hear something rediculous, but im a breeder and i love this little trick. Okay go to the baby food isle and get STAGE ONE VANILLA PUDDING/custard. Keep it in the fridge, when going to give a pill just quickly dip it, it makes it slippery and has a pleasent taste coating, but its not putting anything in the stomach. Open the mouth after dipping, put it to the side behind the tounge and close the mouth, rub the throat, i promise it will slip right down.
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@blanksolid (1632)
• Spain
18 Jan 07
I havent any one of these so they arent taking any medication for his problems, i know that there is medication for them but they dont need take it, have a nice day on mylot and happy earnings also.
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@maru_047in (1007)
• India
18 Jan 07
No i dont think so all the animals are to b medicated regularly cause v too have two dogs which has no problem once in a year v give them a general check up and that ll do
@deathlord (234)
• India
18 Jan 07
Its very simple all pets suffer from such problems....A few treatments will help ur pet a lot....!!!!
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@circuit (347)
• Pakistan
18 Jan 07
i have never taken pets to a vet...... pets have a very strong amunity against disease and never matter how much you care about them.. they live a very short
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• Indonesia
18 Jan 07
i think your dog need some friend to make her happy ... so maybe she will get better from sickness
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@pradesh13 (287)
• India
18 Jan 07
No my pets are not on regular medications, but I will definately consider this valuable posting and will do regular checkup, thanks for the information.
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@AKRao24 (25849)
• India
18 Jan 07
Fortunately No! None of my pets are on regular medication! But Since I am a Vet working on a stud farm I do have a few horses which are to be kept on regular medication on day today basis for various reasons! I can understand your problem an I really appreciate your love and care towards your pet. You get immense joy and satisfaction by serving the poor and numb cratures who are solely dependent on you! The condition mentioned by you requires hormonal therapy and as your Vet said the chances are remote to have your Dog suffer from seizures. There may be any other reason for that ! Well since you are already having a consultant with you it won't be a properthing to comment about the case as he is the person who must have investigated everything and had seen the pet in person! I wish you all the best for your pets early recovery and sincerely appreciate your big and kind heartedness towards your pet! I prey the Almighty to bless you with needed patience and power to keep up your spirit alive! All the best!
@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
18 Jan 07
My male dog was born with a parasite, had seizures, and anxiety. He was on meds daily for nine years. I had to have him put down last year :(. My female dog who is 14 just went to the Vet last weeks because she was urinating too often and thought she had diabetes. Thank goodnes she did not. I have to give her special food that will prcess through her liver instead of her kidneys. Due to her age her kidneys are just getting weak. I know what you are going through and wish you and your dog all the luck in the world. They are worth the extra effort.
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
18 Jan 07
my dog, lalurp - a picture of my dog after taking her bath.
i am so sorry to hear about your dog. i hope she feels better soon. i have a dog and she takes her vitamins every night before i go to bed. she used to be under medication when her hair started to fall and had been scratching all over. the doctor prescribed my dog with antihistamine tablets that i gave to hear once a day for 5 days. and it did work for her. now, she's only taking up her vitamins every night.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
holden my beloved pet and companion - holden my beloved pet and companion

My loving pet holden.  Very sweet.
after we got my dog Holden he had to take medication for about a month. He was attacted by a pit bull at the shelter. They were walking him and a pit bull being brought in got loose, and attacked him. He was already a timid animal ( he was obviously beaten) but now he was afraid of all other dogs. Thank goodness he healed up ok and could come off his medication.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Thank you for picture, I'm glad he healed up too. :)