Category Archives: Pharmacy Blog

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 »

The 5 steps to eradicating fleas

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Even indoor cats can get fleas

My brother lives on the 12th floor of a high-rise in Miami.  His cat “Vivi” has been living there with him for the past seven years, and that cat doesn’t leave the apartment other than for yearly veterinary exams. Vivi goes in a carrier and comes back in a carrier, and she has never been allowed to roam around outdoors or with other pets. A few weeks ago I got the following recorded message: “Vivi has fleas, and the apartment is full of them! I can’t believe it and don’t understand where she could have picked them up. Please call me back, I really need help with this.” Read More »

What is it about chocolate that’s so bad for dogs?

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Dogs beg for treats that may not be good for them

I just watched a story about the Ivory Coast farmers who are the largest exporters of cocoa beans in the world, and yet they had no idea what the cocoa beans are used for.  They somehow decided that their beans are being used to make wine. This falsehood spread throughout the village and from generation to generation. The farmers harvest the beans and yet they have never tasted chocolate, or even knew about it. When a man came over from the city and gave them all a piece of chocolate, their eyes lit up and they were amazed as well as happy that their hard work creates something so delicious. This story brought to mind two separate things: Firstly, if awareness of an object or a fact is not complete, the mind fills in the blanks even though many times the part that is filled in is completely wrong. Secondly, I started thinking about chocolate and dogs, and how people eat almost any amount of it and have no adverse effects (except to the waistline), yet a dog could get poisoned with an ounce of the same product. It’s sad to see my dog Duke watching me with those big, brown eyes when he sees me eating chocolate and it’s obvious that he wants a small piece for himself. Read More »

Feeding your older pet for optimum health

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Good nutrition is even more important as our pets age

As our pets get older, their energy level goes down and they may seem to be eating a lot less than they used to. Older pets may develop illnesses that the pet didn’t have when he or she was younger. Their disrupted immune system predisposes them to maladies such as allergies, joint inflammation, infections, skin disorders and even allergies to foods that they have eaten their whole lives without problem. My dog Duke, who is now 13 years old, suddenly developed sensitivity to certain foods and now even a bite of that food gives him diarrhea and makes him lethargic for a day or two. I’ve decided this is a good time to learn more about feeding the older pet. Read More »

How to prevent litter box problems

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Litter box issues are a common problem

One of the most difficult things a cat owner may  have to deal with is a cat having litter box problems. Sadly, more cats are sent to shelters or rejected because of this one problem than anything else. In this blog I will try to give a few bits of advice about this complex topic that usually leads to frustration for the owner and also puts the cat’s life in danger. Read More »

How to determine the correct syringe for your pet’s insulin

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It's important to use the correct syringe for your pet's insulin

A syringe is a syringe, right? Actually, syringes come in different units of measure, different sizes, different needle length, different needle width, different, different, different! Giving insulin to a pet, especially if you’ve never done that before, is stressful enough without having to worry about giving the wrong dose. Unfortunately the body of an animal (or a human) is not so willing to forgive an insulin overdose. Hypoglycemia can and frequently does become life-threatening. Read More »

Treatments for dry eyes in dogs

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Certain breeds are predisposed to getting dry eyes

For many years I have suffered from dry and red eyes. I often get asked if I have been crying or if I was up late. The response is always the same, “I have light, sensitive eyes and I’m particularly vulnerable to getting red eyes, especially during the time of year when the pollen count is high.” Dry eyes occur in pets as well, and it occurs when there isn’t enough lubricant released from the eye glands to keep the eye moist. Natural tears not only contain soothing ingredients they also contain antibodies to help fight against potential infection. Read More »