Home pet care for dogs and cats that save on veterinary expenses – Part 7

Unless you are a knowledgeable breeder with lots of experience, please do not vaccinate your pets at home. What will you do if your pet has an anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine? If her face blows up and she has trouble breathing? Many veterinarians will treat aberrant reactions to the vaccinations they’ve given without any charge, but you can be sure it will be very expensive it you have to take your pet to an emergency hospital. Also, if anaphylaxis occurs right away, your pet is already in a clinic or hospital where it can receive oxygen, antihistamines and corticosteroids to treat allergic reactions to vaccines.

There are better ways to save money. Giving an aging pet over-the-counter glucosamine and vitamin C before they start to show signs of arthritis is one example. This is especially advisable in large breed dogs who may be in a lot of pain before you ever notice a thing. Giving natural joint stabilizers early can make it possible for you to get your Lab through old age without any of the more expensive arthritis medications.

If you choose to deworm your pet at home, purchase pyrantel pamoate (Nemex), not anything else over the counter, and remember that these products are only good for roundworms and hookworms.

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