On­go­ing med­i­ca­tions

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Vet Corner | Feature Story - With Ju­lia Smith, vet­eri­nar­ian

FOR many con­di­tions your pet may be put onto med­i­ca­tion, some­times on­go­ing for a cer­tain pe­riod of time, some­times life­long.

Get­ting the di­ag­no­sis and start­ing the cor­rect med­i­ca­tion is the vi­tal first step.

The on­go­ing treat­ment re­quires you and your vet (and your pet!) to work to­gether to en­sure we con­tinue to treat ap­pro­pri­ately, and that we aren’t get­ting any un­to­ward side ef­fects.

De­pend­ing on the med­i­ca­tion, blood tests may be re­quired be­fore we even start treat­ment, or be­fore we de­cide to con­tinue it at an ev­ery day dose.

Some of the med­i­ca­tion we use re­quires a blood test to see what level it has reached in the body af­ter a cer­tain pe­riod of time - hav­ing this in­for­ma­tion al­lows us to tai­lor the dose for your pet, bal­anc­ing the clin­i­cal signs and/or any side ef­fects.

Even if ev­ery­thing ap­pears to be go­ing won­der­fully once start­ing med­i­ca­tion for a con­di­tion, your pet will need reg­u­lar check ups with your vet (for ex­am­ple ev­ery six months) for them to asses your pet’s health and talk to you about how ev­ery­thing is go­ing.

Reg­u­lar blood tests, (de­pend­ing on the con­di­tion and the med­i­ca­tion this could be up to 12 months) es­pe­cially mon­i­tor­ing kid­ney and liver func­tion, is im­por­tant to make sure the med­i­ca­tion is not caus­ing any other is­sues.

Apart from all the health ben­e­fits for your pet of reg­u­lar vet­eri­nary check ups, vets are un­der strict reg­u­la­tions that guide us in dis­pens­ing med­i­ca­tions, and we could be called into ques­tion if we did not know the an­i­mal/s in­volved and the con­di­tion for what they are be­ing treated (for both farm and do­mes­tic pets).

So while get­ting med­i­ca­tion for your pet some­times seems in­volved, I hope this helps ex­plain it, and lets us all work to­gether for the hap­pi­ness and health of your pet.

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