According to Pet Education, milk of magnesia, an antacid, is safe to give to a dog when directed by a veterinarian. Though it is an over-the-counter medication, it has not received FDA approval for use with small animals, so dog owners must seek medical advice before dosing their pets.
Milk of magnesia treats heartburn and upset stomach, but it is contraindicated in dogs that have kidney problems and in dogs that are pregnant or nursing, Pet Education indicates. Newer medicines are available that are often more effective and better tasting. Side effects of milk of magnesia include diarrhea and electrolyte imbalances.Learn More
The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine explains that veterinarians use chemistry to diagnose disease in sick and apparently healthy animals. Additionally, veterinarians use chemistry to prescribe medications and treatments for sick animals and monitor response to the treatment. One of the most common applications for chemistry occurs when veterinarians analyze test results.Full Answer >
A foreign object stuck in the dog’s throat or dust and germs can cause a dog to cough. Fungal infections, kennel cough, heartworms, distemper and heart disease may also make a dog cough.Full Answer >
To prevent a cat from developing urinary tract infections, keep the litter box clean, make sure clean water is always available, feed wet food instead of dry, and maintain normal body weight through calorie restriction and exercise. If a cat develops urinary tract infections frequently, a vet can suggest a prescription diet or add glucosamine supplements. Look for cat food low in magnesium and high in L-methionine.Full Answer >
According to Frontline's website, Frontline does not repel fleas, so they are still attracted to cats that have been treated. New fleas are killed when they come into contact with the pet's coat, but it can take up to 24 hours for the new fleas to die. However, if the Frontline applied was expired, it may not work at all; in this case, the pet owner must wait 30 days to apply it again.Full Answer >