Commercial Dog food
If you’re feeding your dog commercial dog food, be sure to check out Susan Thixton’s excellent website The Truth About Pet Food. She delves into ingredients, recalls, laws, pet deaths and more. She operates from America, but the ingredients will be the same everywhere. Just the name may change.
This is why making your own pet food is sooo important. If 2020 has done anything, it’s made people focus more on health.
Never assume your veterinarian knows best!
Veterinarians are unaware of the dangers of drugs and are particularly unaware of the problems of interactions between different drugs. Yet they still prescribe them. So whenever you have been prescribed veterinary drugs for your dog, it’s always a good idea to check out the drug at www.drugs.com/vet for two reasons:
- to check if the drug is dangerous for your dog (not all vets are aware of the dangerous drugs for dogs)
- to check if it is compatible with any other drugs your dog has been prescribed
Vets are not taught about dangerous drugs or about the problems from interaction with different drugs, so it’s up to you to check it out. NEVER ASSUME!
Most vets will deny any connection between your dog showing unfavourable symptoms and the drug they just administered or prescribed. As the carer of your dog, YOU are the responsible one. YOU know causes, often instinctively, sometimes just by logical reasoning.
Another site of interest, but doesn’t cover veterinary products as yet, is www.drugdangers.com.
These sites aren’t infallible and aren’t the last word, but it does give you some indications.
NEVER, EVER vaccinate a dog who has an existing health challenge. Even the vaccine insert states that, but vets don’t look there This also applies to sterilisation. Don’t vaccinate at the same time as any operation or surgical procedure. Listen to Will Falconer DVM on this subject, on his podcast.