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After providing your pet with the necessary vaccinations when it is young, you should still be aware of the most common infections and ailments that your cat or dog is susceptible to throughout its life. Read on to learn about the most common pet ailments and how to recognize them and treat them. Want to get your pet meds for less? HelpRx provides access to discount pet medications through our pet med coupons. These coupons can be printed and used in your local pharmacy to get a discount on your pet prescriptions.
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Pet Medicine Information & Discounts
What are the most common pet ailments?
Your pet can become ill or infected from a variety of sources. The best way to prevent your pet from becoming seriously ill is to make sure it has all of its vaccines at the proper ages. Important vaccines include distemper, rabies, and parvo for puppies. Kittens should be vaccinated against distemper, rabies, feline rhinotracheitis and calcicivirus. A feline leukemia vaccine may be given based on risk. Luckily most pets are given their core vaccines when they are young and so the most common risks of illness for your pet include parasites, bladder or urinary tract infections, and upper respiratory infections. Typical parasites include a variety of worms, fleas, and mites that can cause mange. Your dog or cat can pick up parasites, bacteria, and viruses from other pets, infected soil, or contaminated water sources. Many of these common ailments are easy to treat and can be cured with cheap pet meds.
How can I manage pet ailments?
Sometimes when your cat or dog becomes sick with a virus or infection, it may be able to fight off the infection on its own. Visit your vet’s office to be sure. You can make your pet as comfortable as possible and sometimes you can provide medication to help with symptoms. This is usually the case with a virus. Some ways to control cough symptoms include using a nebulizer and keeping your dog off a leash while he’s ill. You can also use certain types of cough syrup. Get more details about pet medications for symptoms below. If your pet has a bacterial infection or parasites, they will most likely be prescribed antibiotics or antiparasitic drugs to treat the ailment. Read more about antibiotic and antiparasitic pet medications as well as discount pet prescriptions in the following sections.
What are the different types of pet medications?
The most common types of pet medications include antiparastics, antibiotics, and symptom control. There is no need to overspend to help your pet get well again. All of the following are cheap pet meds when bought as generics. Generics are a great way to get pet meds for less. HelpRx also offers pet meds coupons for discounts on all of these types of pet drugs:
Antiparasitics are medications (usually pet meds, but many may be used in humans as well) used to kill and/or prevent parasites from growing and infecting the body. Antiparasitics may be used to kill worms, mites, fleas, amoebas, and protozoa. Commonly prescribed antiparasitics include ivermectin and pryantel pamoate. Read more on drug details and pet med coupons in the drug information section.
Antibiotics are a common pet Rx. They are used to treat bacterial infections in pets and humans alike. They usually work by destroying bacterial cell walls and/or preventing the reproduction of the bacteria. Some common pet infections that are treated with antibiotics include upper respiratory infections, bladder infections, and urinary tract infections. Antibiotics that are commonly recommended for pet prescriptions include amoxicillin and metronidazole or Flagyl. Read more about amoxicillin and pet med coupons in the drug information section.
One type of symptom that can be managed in pets with medication is a cough. If your pet is suffering from a virus or infection that they must recover from on their own, you can still provide them with small doses of certain cough suppressants to help them feel more comfortable. Two cough medications that are approved for cats and dogs in small doses are guaifenensin and dextromethorphan. Read more about these medications and pet med coupons in the drug information section.
What are the symptoms of common pet ailments?
Parasites -- Parasites in your pet can produce a variety of symptoms. Besides actually finding a bug on your pet or in a stool, other symptoms include itching, vomiting, low energy level, and a swollen belly. In the case of worms, your pet may be eating normally but losing weight. Heartworms are deadly parasites that infect dogs. Signs of heartworms include mild cough, intolerance to exercise, and tiring easily.
Infections -- Signs of an upper respiratory infection can vary based on the bacteria or virus causing it, but symptoms mostly include coughing, runny nose, runny eyes, and sneezing. Symptoms of a bladder infection or urinary tract infection include blood in urine, frequently trying to urinate, and painful urination. Cats may urinate in places other than their cat box and dogs may have accidents in the house.
Pet Medicine Drug Information
Amoxicillin is an antibiotic and pet Rx used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. It is commonly used in cats and dogs to treat urinary tract infections, bladder infections, upper respiratory infections, and some ear infections. This medication works by stopping the growth of bacterial cell walls, thereby terminating the infection. The usual dose for cats and dogs is 5-10 mg per pound once or twice a day. Always follow the dose recommended by your veterinarian. This medication comes as a tablet, capsule, or a liquid. Use our free amoxicillin coupon as a printable pet meds coupon to get up to 85% off the price in your pharmacy. Always get cheap dog medicine or cat medicine with discount coupons by searching HelpRx for a variety of other antibiotics.
Dextromethorphan and guaifenesin are both cough medicines that can be used for cats or dogs. They may also be mixed. The safest and most commonly used cough medicine for pets is dextromethorphan. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant that is used in various over the counter medications including Robitussin and Dimetapp. Guaifenesin is a cough expectorant that is found in Mucinex. It works to help expel phlegm from the airways. Always talk to your vet before you give your pet either one of these drugs and follow his or her dosing instructions. Get a discount on these pet meds with a coupon for up to 75% off Dextromethorphan/guaifenesin.
Ivermectin is an antiparasitc medication found in many pet meds. It can be used to kill or prevent worms and kill mites and some other bugs. It may also be used in combination with other antiparastics to cover all varieties of parasites. Ivermectin can come as a tablet, liquid, injection, or topical solution. Talk to your vet about the right options for your pet. Search HelpRx for free invermectin coupons and get a 48% discount on pet drugs that contain ivermectin.