Posts Tagged ‘pet medications’

Today’s guest post is by Dr. Heather Brookshire, a veterinary ophthalmologist at Animal Vision Center of Virginia.
Tips & Tricks: Applying ointment

Administering pills or eye drops to your pet is one thing, but applying ointment over the surface of their eye? Yes, we know. It sounds impossible, but it can be done when you follow these tried and true instructions. Deep breath. Here we go:
  • Place your pet on a table or counter top, with a towel or blanket on the surface so they feel secure. 
  • Before applying the ointment, use a clean, warm washcloth to remove any mucus or discharge from the eye. 
  • Hold your pet gently, but firmly, in front of you with their back towards you. If your pet is wiggly, you may try wrapping them in a blanket to secure them. 
  • Using your non-dominant hand, gently compress the tube to allow a small amount of ointment to escape the tip (approximately ¼ inch in length). 
  • Using the same hand, manually open the eyelid and drape the released ointment on the surface of the eye, taking care not to make contact with the eye. 
  • Gently close the eyelid to assist with dispersion of the ointment on the surface of the eye. 
And remember – if both drops and ointments are part of your pet’s post-care plan, always apply the drop first, and then wait 5-10 minutes before applying the ointment. 

Reprinted with permission.This article is not intended to diagnose
or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for
an examination by your pet’s veterinarian.

Your pet’s eyes are delicate organs. If you have a concern about your pet’s eyes, 
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We’re getting ready — and so should you!
Check your stock of pet medications and
Contact Us if you need refills before the holiday.

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Dr. Miele will be on break from
Wednesday, May 6th through Saturday, May 9th.

The clinic will be closed during those dates, so please ensure you have
enough of your pet’s medications and prescription diets on hand.

Food orders must be placed by May 1st and picked up by May 5th.

Medication refill orders must be placed by May 1st
and picked up by May 5th.
Medications requested after May 1st may not be available
after the cut-off date, due to our vendor ordering and delivery restrictions.

Dr. Miele will return for regular office hours on Monday, May 11th.

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Let’s begin with a partial list of the things pet owners may be embarrassed to admit to their veterinarian:

  • how much “people” food their pet eats
  • how little exercise their pet receives
  • how rarely the pet’s ears are cleaned
  • how difficult the pet is to medicate

All of the items listed above can be cause for concern, but difficulty in administering at-home medication can cut across all medical issues.

Compliance with doctors’ recommendations is a hot-button issue in veterinary (as well as human) healthcare. Some of the top reasons for lack of compliance in following a doctor’s instructions are:

  • the owner’s forgetfulness
  • worry of side effects
  • inability to understand instructions
  • inability to administer medicine due to physical limitations
  • inability to administer medicine due to scheduling conflicts
  • inability to administer medicine due to pet’s character
  • the pet’s refusal to accept medication due to objectionable flavor
  • the pet’s apparent improvement before the course of treatment has been completed

The list goes on. The real problem arises when an owner does not immediately reveal to the vet that they have been unable or unwilling to give the medication as instructed.  

What can happen? Well, two things, at least. 

1) The pet’s condition worsens, the vet is made aware of the dosing problems, and the patient possibly faces more strenuous treatment the second time around, since the disease condition has progressed.


2) The pet’s condition worsens, the vet is not made aware of the dosing problems and goes on a wild-goose chase to figure out why the pet is not responding to treatment. The vet may end up trying new drugs that the client is also unable to give. No one is helped.

Admitting you are unable to follow the doctor’s orders may be embarrassing to you, but watching your pet grow sicker without treatment is likely to be worse.

Our advice:

  • Make sure you understand all instructions given to you, including dosage amount, frequency of administration, what to do if you forget to give a dose, whether it’s okay to combine different drugs, and whether to give the medication with food or on an empty stomach.
  • Ask questions about anything you do not understand. If you get home and realize you have a question, call the vet ASAP.
  • Request easy-open (non-childproof) containers when needed.
  • Ask for a typed copy of instructions not already included on the pill container.
  • If you cannot give your pet its medication at all (especially if you fear being bitten), tell us! While this may limit our treatment choices, it will also save you time and expense. In most cases, once a drug has been dispensed, it is non-returnable. And medicine that sits in a cabinet, never to see the light of day (or the inside of your pet’s body) does no good at all.

Not every complication can be foreseen. Sometimes, the appropriate course of treatment is financially out of reach. Or perhaps your own health and life issues prevent you from doing all you would like to for your pets. It happens. In the meantime…

Let us know how we can better serve you when we dispense medications.

  • Do you need a large-print version of all instructions?
  • If a choice is available, would you prefer liquid or tablet medications?
  • Would you like a dosing demonstration?
  • Would you like a written timetable to coordinate administering multiple drugs?
  • Would smaller quantities help? It can be budget-friendly.
  • Would you like recommendations on flavorful pill concealers or other tricks* to improve the taste of medications?

It’s a team effort: the better we understand your lifestyle and capabilities, the better we can plan a treatment you can work with.

*Some pharmacies offer to compound drugs with a more palatable flavor. Though costlier, this may be the key to success for some pets.

We found this pet pilling demo on YouTube:  How to Give Your Pet a Pill.

What are your concerns about administering medications to your pets?

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