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Eddie Khoriaty

Eddie is the Director of Pharmacy Services and Prescription Department Manager at PetMeds. He is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the Florida Pharmacy Association and the Broward County Pharmacy Association. Eddie is a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy. He received his pharmacy education at St. Johns University, Queens, NY. Eddie is a contributor in the 1800-PetMeds blog. You can also find Eddie on Google+.



Pet allergies—nothing to sneeze at

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Pets can suffer from allergies, too

Allergies affect people of all ages and can produce a variety of symptoms ranging from mild inconveniences such as red itchy eyes on one end of the scale all the way up to full blown anaphylactic reactions that can affect breathing and be life-threatening on the other end. Most of us pet owners know too well that some people are sometimes prevented from visiting us because they are allergic to our pets. My brother recently developed a cat allergy and he stopped coming over to visit until he found a temporary solution in the form of an antihistamine. After trying a variety of different medications he found one called loratadine, which is an antihistamine that works temporarily to suppress allergy symptoms.

The most common antihistamine that is used for allergies, however, is called diphenhydramine (Benadryl). This drug is extremely effective at suppressing the allergy symptoms, but it does have sedating properties. Most people who take diphenhydramine quickly find that their sneezing is replaced by yawning, neither of which is good to have while playing board games with the family. Loratadine (Claritin) on the other hand does a wonderful job at suppressing allergies but does not cause much drowsiness. Other antihistamines for humans include drugs such as cetirizine (Zyrtec), Chlorpheniramine, Desloratidine (Clarinex), and some others. Some of these have longer action, and some cause less drowsiness. Since product selection between these antihistamines could involve many factors including the potential of drug-drug interactions, it is extremely important to consult with a doctor or pharmacist before initiating therapy. Read More »

Dealing with your pet’s constant itchiness

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There can be many causes for your dog's persistent itchiness

One of the most puzzling and frustrating conditions that we as pet owners may face is a dog that keeps scratching. This scratching often keeps both pet and owner awake at night staring into the darkness in frustration. Besides the inconvenience and discomfort, continuous scratching in one area can damage your pet’s skin and lead to a possible infection. The most immediate thought that often enters the mind, among the many possible causes, is that your dog could have something crawling on the skin. This leads to possibly over-medicating the pet with topical or oral flea medications and the subsequent loss of confidence in the product’s ability to protect against infestation when your pet continues to scratch.

The reality is that itchy skin can simply be caused by the skin becoming too dry.  Although the itchiness could be the result of fleas or other parasites, it can also be caused by a variety of other factors that may have nothing to do with fleas. Read More »

Your pet’s skin and coat provide clues to overall health

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Fatty acid supplements can help your dog's skin and coat

It seems like a big concern for many people today is keeping the skin looking and feeling young.  Aging gracefully has been for the most part replaced with the concept that aging is a disease that can be prevented. Everywhere we look we see words such as anti-oxidants, free radicals, lasers, surgeries, essential fatty acids, and other drugs or methods designed at keeping us feeling and looking younger for longer than ever before. When we’re young we wish to be older, when old we wish to be young, when wealthy we see the beauty in the simplicity of not having much, and when we’re struggling with finances we believe that money can solve all our problems. Probably the best way to avoid the trap of always looking for that something “else” to make everything better, is to begin appreciating what we do have and to live in the present.  There is something beautiful about a person who appreciates who they are, what they have, does not regret the past, and is not afraid of the future. Read More »

Managing your pet’s dry eyes

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Dry eyes are more common in dogs than cats

My cat is extremely selfish, yet he is very much loved. As far as I’m concerned, because Midnight isn’t always trying to be something he’s not, that makes him wholly good and wholly loveable. He always follows his nature and that’s honesty at a very pure level. I was reading a book recently that was based around Eastern teachings that suggested the way to enlightenment is to completely give up desires. Halfway through the book I began questioning the concept or its feasibility, since wanting to give up desires is a desire in itself. I kept reading to see if the author had a suggestion and the theme of meditation came up. He suggested that I stare at a spot on the wall for as long as it takes to “clear the mind.” Two hours later my mind was still whirling, and my only thought was that my eyes had become so dry from staring at one spot for so long without blinking. I’m not giving up just yet on the whole ‘desire to decrease desires’ concept, but I do still have many questions; for example: does Midnight have dry eyes? Does he have to keep staring at things to reach enlightenment? I don’t have all the answers, but I know that Midnight always seems content and he’s always loved. Read More »

What’s keeping your dog awake at night?

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It's important to identify the cause of your dog's insomnia

A close friend recently recommended I watch videos about something called sleep whisper hypnosis to help me fall asleep. Apparently there is a phenomenon called Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) that is supposed to produce a pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, and back in response to hearing or seeing certain things. Watching a video of mundane things such as of someone getting a haircut or scalp massage, or hearing someone whispering a story are such examples. I did try watching a few of these videos and although I can’t claim to have felt any tingling sensations, the gentle whispering really did help me fall asleep more quickly. Now that we have “horse whisperers” and “people whisperers,” I just need to find a “dog whisperer” to help my elderly dog Duke, who has slight arthritis, fall asleep. Read More »

What you should know about pet medications

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Cats love to play on the laptop!

The following article was written by Yee Ni Sung, pharmacy student at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy:

As our rotation draws close to an end, Doris and I had the opportunity to shadow Dr. White, one of the many amazing PetMeds pharmacists. During my allotted time with Dr. White, I received a quick course on commonly used pet medications. The majority of the time, the incoming medication orders are for dogs and cats. I considered myself lucky when I encountered medication orders for a rabbit and a horse; these prescription orders left a lingering thought in my head this past weekend. While I wandered in the local store shopping for my dog Oscar’s new toy as a reward for finishing his obedience school, I found myself thinking about medications for pets other than dogs and cats. I stared into the reptilian cases and wondered what if I had a turtle? What medication would I use and how much should I use? When I returned home, I presented Oscar with his new toy and settled at my desk to do a bit of research on my laptop. Read More »

Managing hypertension in your dog or cat

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The following was written by Doris Garcia, pharmacy student at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy:

Most of my adult life, I’ve spent being the bad cop towards my hypertensive father.
“Dad, I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to have pumpkin pie for lunch”
“Don’t you think water would be better for you than a shot of espresso?”
“Those crackers are very high in sodium; why not try these unsalted whole grain crackers instead?”
It is truly tiresome, and sometimes you must pick your battles…

Growing up in a family with very little consumption of vegetables and a long history of heart disease, I too am at high risk for developing hypertension. As a pharmacy student who faces long hours of studying, I would frequently sip on espresso and energy drinks in order to cram. In my third year of pharmacy school, signs of pre-hypertension forced me into taking my own advice, the advice my father still neglects to take. I cut out all caffeinated beverages and lowered my sodium intake. Luckily my blood pressure readings stabilized. Read More »

What you need to know about seizures in pets

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“Don’t talk to strangers!” is one of the first lessons we teach our young children. Then we send them off to school and teach them about competition for grades, competition for attention, and then by sometimes setting the examples for them, we teach the many reasons why it’s important to be wary of each other.

Pharmacy school education is geared towards educating the future pharmacists about physiology and how drugs act and interact in the body. By the time a student gets their doctorate in pharmacy, they know just about everything there is to know about medication. Some of these pharmacy students who wish  to also learn more about veterinary pharmacy come to spend one of their rotations here at 1800PetMeds where they learn about what we do, and how drugs can behave differently in pets. Read More »

Pet medications and your nursing or pregnant pet

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October is American Pharmacists Month. During this time, we are supposed to remind the American public of the value of their “neighborhood” pharmacist, and how beneficial it is for your overall health to get to know your pharmacist. However, there is little mention of the long road and hard work it takes to actually become a pharmacist. Pharmacy students have to spend thousands of hours learning about the body, how drugs affect the body, how drugs interact with each other, and how to prevent having these same drugs that are supposed to do good from causing harm. Read More »

The basics of emergency care for your pet

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It's important to be prepared and know basic pet first aid

Last week near my home I noticed a pickup truck with a small dog in its bed moving at a fast pace down a major road and it reminded me of an event that I witnessed many years ago. While driving on a rural road in Central Florida about ten years ago I witnessed an automobile accident that involved a pickup truck that was carrying several hunting dogs that were being transported unsecured in the bed of the pickup. The driver had swerved off the dirt road and as the truck started going into the ditch it clipped the side of a tree. Luckily the vehicle was moving slowly at the time and nobody was seriously injured. One of the dogs however did get a few cuts when he fell out as the truck turned on its side. If this had occurred on a paved road and the truck was going faster, I’m almost certain that both dogs would have sustained major and possibly life-threatening injuries. I don’t believe that pets should ever be transported in this manner.  Read More »