Description of Veterinary Medications

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Veterinarians use a variety of medications on pets, including antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications and anti-anxiety medications. Get a description of veterinary medications from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Today we're going to talk about veterinary medications and what types of medications there are in veterinary medicine. We use a plethora of medications for animals. Just like in human medicine, we use antibiotics, we use antihistamines, we use anti-inflammatories and the base is broad. The medications that we are using on a day-to-day basis revolve around cases that we see. The animals take some of the same medications that either you or I would take. We use a lot of antibiotics which antibiotics are used to treat infections, abscesses, things of all sorts that would be the cause of bacterial diseases. We also use a large number of anti-inflammatories. Anti-inflammatories are great for pain, inflammation, joints, arthritis, things of that nature. We also surprisingly use a lot of anxiety drugs, anti-anxiety drugs that is these days in animals such as things for storm phobias, for separation anxiety, anything that can cause anxiety in a pet. This is an increasing field because animals now that we know that they are responsive to some of these medications just like humans are, they are getting lots and lots of benefit from taking some of these medications. The other types of things we use are sedatives for the same line, storm phobias, separation anxiety, things like that. We also use a great deal of cardiac drugs in veterinary medicine to help patients that have heart disease or decreased heart function and these work great to help those guys out as well.

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