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For Your Dog’s Health: 5 Common Dog Medications

By petMD | Pets – Thu, Dec 26, 2013 2:32 PM EST

There was a time not long ago when if a dog got sick it either got better or it didn’t. Fortunately, times have changed. There are now available numerous  medications available to help with a dog’s health. This article from PetMD describes five  of the more common prescription drugs used with dogs these days and what they’re typically used to treat.

1. Antibiotics
Antibiotics such as Metronidazole and Doxycycline are frequently prescribed to dogs fighting bacterial infections.

2. Antiparasitics
Ivermectin is just one of several common antiparasitics prescribed by veterinarians to treat infections caused by roundworms, threadworms, and other nasty parasites in dogs.

3. Antifungals

Humidity and heat can contribute to overgrowth of yeast in the ears and on the skin, with resulting irritation and inflammation. When your veterinarian needs to eliminate a fungal infection quickly, he or she will prescribe an antifungal medication such as Ketoconazole.

4. Steroids
The word “steroids” has recently taken on a bad connotation due to it’s abuse by athletes. However, when used correctly and prescribed by a veterinarian, corticosteroids such as Prednisone can alleviate symptoms associated with inflammation, cancer, and Addison’s disease in dogs.

5. Pain Relievers
Pain relievers are prescribed by veterinarians to do just that – relieve pain. Tramadol, for example, is used to alleviate the chronic pain associated with athritis or cancer in dogs, as well as post-operative and injury-related pain.

Hopefully now if your dog needs any of these medications you have more information on them. To learn even more about dog medications visit petMD.com


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