When you look on the shelves in the
pharmacy or grocery store, it’s very easy to get lost in
trying to pick out an over-the-counter remedy, even for
yourself. You’ve got itchy eyes, runny nose, and a
headache, and need a daytime remedy. 5 of the available
products say they help those symptoms, but they all have
a disclaimer saying they make you drowsy – the classic
“Do Not Operate Heavy Machinery While On “EtcEtc-Rx”.
All those labels and qualifications can be overwhelming
at first glance. It’s really no different when you
begin to look into finding the right non-prescription
solution for your pet. The multitudes of available
medicines can be overwhelming and confusing, so I’ve
taken it upon myself to sort through the clutter and
highlight a few of the most recommended medicines out
there. In some cases with these medicines there are
possible side effects, so please make sure you do your
best to do your homework before purchasing any
non-prescription medicine for your pet.
Due to the fact that most domestic
pets in America are either a dog or cat, those are the
remedies I’m going to focus on.
That’s right guys! It’s here! Flea
and tick season. But don’t worry, there are plenty of
reasonably priced solutions for you to find.
Here are some of the top selling solutions.
Medications for Fleas and Ticks
SPOT FOR DOGS/CATS
the recipient of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval,
Frontline is an easy-to-apply liquid that provides your
pet with guaranteed control against fleas and ticks. •
Kills 98–100% of existing fleas in less than 24 hours •
Continues killing fleas for an entire month or more •
Remains waterproof for 30 days, even if your dog or cat
swims or is bathed • Gentle enough for use on puppies 8
weeks of age or older
from $35 – 150 US (depending on if it’s for a dog or
cat, and how many applications you buy)
FLEA KILLER FOR DOGS
Advantage is the fastest topical solution, proven to
stop fleas from biting in 3 - 5 minutes after
application. Advantage kills 98-100 percent of fleas
within 12 hours of initial application. In addition, one
convenient treatment lasts for up to one month.
Advantage is water-resistant, so it kills fleas even
after a shampooing, swimming or exposure to rain or
sunlight. So, your cat or dog can enjoy his/her normal
activities without worry.
For dogs and puppies 7 weeks and older.
from $44 – 130 US
Sentinel is a monthly pill that prevents flea
infestation. It also prevents heartworm and kills
parasites such as hookworm, roundworm and whipworm. FDA
APPROVED. This is one of safest, most effective drugs of
its kind on the market for dogs. It was also awarded the
Good Housekeeping seal of approval.
from $55-75 US
Revolution is a topical parasiticide used in the
treatment or prevention of heartworm disease, fleas, the
American dog tick, ear mites and canine sarcoptic mange
in dogs. When used in cats it is used in the treatment
or prevention of heartworm disease, fleas, ear mites and
also to prevent hookworm and roundworm disease.
Average Cost: from $34 – 150 US
Another major issue in the US, particularly with dogs is
heartworm. Here’s a top selling remedy called:
Medication for Heartworm
Interceptor is a monthly flavor tab indicated for use in
the prevention of heartworm in dogs. It also kills
parasites such as hookworm, roundworm and whipworm. 6
MONTH SUPPLY of Pills. FDA approved. Heartworm
disease injures the lungs, the arteries of the lungs and
the heart. Symptoms include tiring, coughing, weight
loss and heart failure.
Average Cost: from $19 – 75 US
Sometimes having a pet is more work
than it’s supposed to be, especially when your pet has
an issue with excessive shedding. Often the excess fur
can become overwhelming. There are medicines you can
buy that can treat this excess shedding by supplementing
essential oils and fats in your pet’s diet to reduce
their hair loss.
Medication for Excessive
SHED NO MORE
Effective in reducing shedding and enhancing your cat's
coat. Includes a blend of fatty acids, natural oils,
herbs, antioxidants, vitmains, and minerals specially
formulated to provide fast relief for you and your pet.
It produces a radiant coat and promotes healthy skin for
dogs. Proprietary Blend (a powder complex of safflower,
sunflower. Flaxseed, borage, evening primrose, and fish
oils.) Lecithin Powder, Flaxseed Oil 50% Powder, Copper,
Manganese, Zinc, Selenium, Vit A, Vit D-3, Vit E, Vit
B-1, Vit. B-2, Vit B-6, Vit. B-12, Niacinamide, Choline,
from $12 – 40 US (depending on dog or cat)
There are all sorts of issues that you have to face as a pet
owner. Some are day to day routine maintenance, and
others are sporadic in their nature. Here are some
remedies that are available to help you in your fight to
keep your pet happy and healthy for many years to come.
Medication for Relief from Athritis/Joint Pain
ARTHOGEN FOR DOGS/CATS
One of the best joint and arthritis products used. It
contains glucosamine and chondroitin, the most effective
joint supplements available. The use of this drug helps
to slow the enzymes that break down cartilage in the
Average Cost: from $13 – 53 US (depending on
dog or cat)
Medication for Relief from
ANTI ITCH SPRAY
Clinically developed and tested by a veterinary
dermatologist for aiding the soothing, drying and
healing of moist hot spots. Also relieves itching and
helps control the spread of lesions. Provides immediate
Average Cost: $7 – 8 US
Medication for Ear
R7 STEP 3
DRYING EAR CREAM
Excess moisture causes big problems in many pet's ears.
The result is often smelly, itchy infections that are
hard to clear up and damaging to the pet. R-7 Ear
Cleaner reduces ear problems and ear odor by stopping
them before they start. Helps keep ears dry and reduce
odors. Excellent for Spaniels and dogs that hunt and
swim. Use after Step 1 and Step 2 for a complete ear
Average Cost: $8 - 9 US
Medication to control Urine
Provides supplemental source of dl-methionine and aids
in maintaining a low urine Ph. A palatable urinary
acidifier for use in dogs and cats. A supplemental
source of Methionine, it’s used to treat bladder
infection. Also aids in the control of urine odors.
Average Cost: from $6 – 7 US
With the warm weather here, now is
the time to really get outdoors and enjoy your pet’s
companionship. I trust that this information will give
you some stronger tools to keep your pet healthy and
give you stronger tools to make sure they stay that way
for a long time to come.
|About the author:
In addition to being the editor of this
Newsletter, Brandon James is author of the
Planet-Pets Blog "Today's
Inside Scoop" and a frequent contributor of
articles to many online pet information sites.
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