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Dear Daisy Dog

Our veterinarian treated our dog for a problem on Saturday. The next day, Lady was worse, so we took her and the prescribed medication to the emergency service.

Unfortunately, the emergency vet couldn’t figure out by reading the label what medication Lady had received, which complicated her treatment. How can we prevent this problem in the future?

Daisy Responds

Every time Lady receives a medication, check the following:

  1. The label should clearly state the name of the drug, the number of milligrams per pill, the number of pills dispensed, and the instructions. If it doesn’t, demand it.
  2. The label should also include the date, pet’s name, veterinarian’s name, and the hospital’s name, address and telephone number. Again, demand it if necessary.
  3. Make a note of the medication’s purpose as well as any potential side effects.
  4. The medication should be dispensed in a child-resistant or manufacturer’s container. If your veterinarian dispenses pills in a little white envelope, request a safer container.

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