Giving drugs to dogs

In the last 10-20 years, we’ve seen the use of prescription drugs soar. It seems like everyone, from infants to centenarians, is medicated.

In order of number of prescriptions written in 2010, the 10 most-prescribed drugs in the U.S. are as follows:

  • Hydrocodone — 131.2 million prescriptions
  • Generic Zocor — 94.1 million prescriptions
  • Lisinopril (Prinivil and Zestril) — 87.4 million prescriptions
  • Generic Synthroid — 70.5 million prescriptions
  • Generic Norvasc — 57.2 million prescriptions
  • Generic Prilosec — 53.4 million prescriptions
  • Azithromycin (Z-Pak and Zithromax) — 52.6 million prescriptions
  • Amoxicillin — 52.3 million prescriptions
  • Generic Glucophage — 48.3 million prescriptions
  • Hydrochlorothiazide — 47.8 million prescriptions

Just as we use prescription drugs ourselves, we see them being prescribed for our dogs. When a vet wants you to fill a prescription for your dog, what do you say? Do you go along with the advice? (I’ve had instances when I walked out of the vet’s office with three prescription drugs.)

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One response to “Giving drugs to dogs

  1. I conduct my own research and often have additional questions for the veterinarian. I do not always opt for the drug or drugs discussed.

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