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Not What the Doctor Ordered: Human Medications and Your Pet

human medications and petsAs pet owners, it’s only natural for us to want our animals to feel better. We often do whatever we can to make that happen. Sometimes, it may be tempting to give your pet some of your medication, and while this may seem harmless, it is often not.

Over the counter medications are not always safe for our furry friends. Summeridge Animal Clinic wants you to think twice before combining human medications and your pet.

Why Human Medications and Your Pet Don’t Mix

It’s true that human medications for pets are sometimes prescribed. However, if you’re not well versed in animal physiology and pharmacology, this can be a dangerous practice. Pets are not people. They often require different dosages than what is on the label. Different species metabolize drugs differently, as well. For instance, both dogs and people often take a medication called levothyroxine for low thyroid hormone. The dose a 100 pound labrador retriever would take, however, could kill a 100 pound person.

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Keeping Your Indoor Cat Happy

indoor cat careKeeping your feline friend indoors may seem cruel on the surface, but in fact, indoor cats live longer, healthier lives. Kitties allowed to roam outdoors are not only exposed to disease, traffic, and the presence of other animals, but they also stand the risk of becoming lost or stolen. That’s why the team at Summeridge Animal Clinic strongly advocates for an indoor life for our whiskered friends.

Unfortunately, though, indoor cats can also miss out on a lot of opportunities for normal expression of behaviour, mental stimulation, and overall wellness. To help your cat live the best life possible, we offer some tips and recommendations for an amazing life for your indoor cat meow pal.

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posted in:  The Cats Meow

Ticking Time Bomb: All About Heart Disease in Dogs

heart disease in dogsNo matter how you look at it, the heart is an important organ. When it isn’t functioning correctly, problems abound. Unfortunately, heart disease in dogs is a fairly common problem that we diagnose here at Summeridge Animal Clinic, but we want you to know that we are here to help you and your pup by raising awareness of heart disease and its treatment.

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posted in:  For The Dogs