PetMeds®: Chronic Diseases in Cats and Dogs

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Chronic diseases can be defined in different ways. One definition classifies a chronic disease as a condition lasting at least 3 months. Another definition defines chronic disease as a condition that can be controlled but not cured. Either way, a chronic disease requires a commitment to continue therapy for as long as needed, whether three months or for a lifetime.

How is a chronic disease different from an acute disease? Let’s look at a urinary tract infection as one example. The first time your pet develops a urinary tract infection (UTI), the condition is labeled as acute. However, if the pet is subject to repeated UTI’s, then the condition can be defined as chronic. Diabetes is another example of a chronic disease, as are hypothyroid disease and hyperthyroid disease.

For pets subject to UTI’s, care may not be difficult since most UTI’s can be treated and the pet cured within a relatively short period of time. The critical take way point for a UTI is to give any antibiotic that the veterinarian prescribed until it is all used up. You should never stop the antibiotic once the symptoms appear to go away. You may only have knocked the disease on it’s head, you have probably not made it go away completely.

The takeaway point for chronic diseases or illnesses such as diabetes or thyroid disorders is that your pet will require a life long commitment on your part in order for the pet’s condition to be controlled.

None of us want to see our pets fall ill. Unfortunately, just like we humans, pets do get sick. Fortunately for our pets, when they do get sick we have the resources of the veterinarian to determine what’s wrong, the assistance of the pet’s owner to ensure that the pet is treated as directed for as long as is necessary, and the availability of 1-800-PetMeds to provide the prescription medications the veterinarian has prescribed.

1-800-PetMeds can help you take care of your pets by providing you with the most common medications used in treating chronic disease. The PetMeds ® pharmacy can fill your prescription for antibiotics for a UTI; Vetsulin, PZI Vet, or glyburide for diabetes; Soloxine for hypothyroid disease; methimazole for hyperthyroid disease; or Vetmedin, enalapril, furosemide, or digoxin for congestive heart failure; as well as many other medications for a wide range of conditions.

To further help you understand chronic diseases and to help you in the care of your pet, PetMeds® website contains a wealth of information that you should find informative.

Read Related Posts on PetMeds® Blog:

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  2. PetMeds®: Chronic Use Medications for Pets
  3. How to prevent future urinary tract infections
  4. PetMeds® Breed Specific Health Concerns
  5. PetMeds®: National Pet Diabetes Month


  1. Posted January 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

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  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for your kind comments. I certainly try and provide practical information to dog and cat guardians.

  3. Posted May 5, 2010 at 9:40 am | Permalink

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  4. Gary Koesten
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this information.

  5. Posted July 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

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  6. Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

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    Posted January 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

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  12. becky
    Posted April 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    help! Our puppy is 9 months old, a black lab, and has been sick pretty much since we got him. He came from a farm in Or. at 8 weeks old with worms. Shortly after arriving home he got kennel cough, then “salmon poisoning” followed by what the vet says is giardia (4 times). We coddle him like you wouldn’t believe, and take him everywhere with us. Why is he always sick? Is there something our vet is missing? Not only are our vet bills racking up, but I hate seeing my baby sick all the time.

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