5 Ways to Mitigate Canine Medicine Side Effects

Most types of canine medicine given carry a risk of side effects that will vary in severity. There are also a few things you should know to help lessen any side effects your dog may experience. Five ways to reduce side effects.

1. Stop the Medication

Certain prescription drugs will tell you to immediately stop the medication and call your veterinarian if your dog experiences side effects.

2. Know Your Dog's Allergies

Dogs have allergies just as humans do, and by avoiding medications that contain ingredients to which your dog is allergic, you can cut down on a number of unpleasant side effects.

3. The Lowest Effective Dose

Dog prescriptions are usually given in the lowest effective dose to mitigate side effects. Over the counter medications for dogs should be given with the same principle in mind, as the greater the dose, the greater the possibility for side effects.

4. Don’t Mix Medications without Vet Approval

Some medications will react with others, and if your dog is taking more than one, it is important for your veterinarian to know to ensure there will be no adverse reactions.

5. Choose Holistic Remedies

Many ailments can be cured in pets using holistic remedies rather than medication. You should talk to your veterinarian about natural, alternative remedies whenever possible for a condition and avoid side effects altogether.

While most medicines on the market for dogs are now considered safe and without many side effects, some can carry risks as serious as renal failure. It is important to know how to safely administer medication to mitigate these risks.