On-line Pharmacies: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Did you know that prescription drugs are the second most common counterfeited items & are sold by on-line pharmacies? Many drug companies will not stand behind medications purchased at on-line pharmacies (even the big name ones) because these pharmacies are receiving these drugs thru unknown or illegal sources. Even if they are not counterfeit they may be expired (& repackaged in counterfeit packaging with a later expiration date) or may have been exposed to excessive heat, cold, or moisture. We have called drug companies on behalf of our clients who have bought medications on-line and then complained that they didn’t work. It turned out that the medications had lot numbers that didn’t exist so they were either repackaged or counterfeit. The drug companies are actively trying to trace and stop this practice.
If you really want to buy a medication on-line we will write you a prescription but we will not be able to fax it for you. We cannot appear to support the purchase of drugs that may be counterfeit or are not supported by the drug manufacturers in case there are any problems or reactions to the drugs.

Ear infections in dogs

One of the most frustrating problems for owners is when their dogs get ear infections – and to make matters worse, they tend to be recurrent. Although dogs can get infections from Foxtails in their ears or swimming, the most common reason is due to allergies – pollens, dust, and even food. Even though it would seem that the dog should have skin involvement and both ears would be affected, that is often not the case. Allergies can cause infection in just one ear, and it is often always in the same ear.

The signs you may notice are: scratching of the ear, discharge, or just a funny smell. It is important to bring your dog in as soon as you notice this since ear infections are much easier for you to treat if they are diagnosed early. We will throughly examine the ears to make sure there are no Foxtails in there and also to make sure the eardrum is not ruptured. A ruptured ear drum is very painful and a much more serious condition.

When you come in, we will do an ear slide to look for yeast and bacteria. This is the only way that we can determine the appropriate medication for your dog. These medications include special ear cleaners, topical medications to put in the ears, and possibly pills or tablets. Recheck appointments will usually be scheduled several weeks later & repeat ear slides will be done to make sure the infection is entirely cleared up. The ear may visually look clean, but if yeast & bacteria are still present, the ear infection will return very quickly.

Please call us at 408-264-3550 if you think your dog has an ear infection or if you are,having trouble treating your dog.

We know how frustrating ear infections are to treat so we are here 7 days a week to help you out.

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Caring for older dogs & cats

Older dogs & cats are prone to a variety of debilitating diseases & conditions. These include kidney failure, heart disease, dental disease, arthritis, cancer & senility. The good news is that improvements in veterinary care, diagnostic tests, new medications combined with early diagnosis & treatment make it possible for your pet to live a happier and longer life.

Warning signs to look for include: changes in appetite or water consumption, weight gain or loss, repeated vomiting, bad breath, drooling, whining, stiffness or difficulty going up or down stairs. Also any new or changing lumps or growths should be checked out immediately.

If you notice any of these things, please give us a call at 408-264-3550 . We are here 7 days a week to answer your questions and to help you & your pet.