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Prescribed prescriptions for medical problems in your cat

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Many cats are currently taking any prescription medication. It is not uncommon for a feline to be prescribed a treatment for a medical problem, or need a monthly dose of preventative to defend him/her against heartworms and fleas.
It’s a good idea to check these prescriptions out to learn more about them and there are many wonderful websites that will give you detailed reports. If your cat is at present taking medication, you might want to check it out now. Even if your cat isn’t presently receiving medication, it is wise to be informed.
Do not self-medicate your cat. Never give him/her Tylenol® or any Acetaminophen. Although this widespread, universal medicine is considered a very safe form of pain relief for humans, it should never, ever be administered to cats. True, low doses are tolerated in dogs, still there are much better and much safer pain killers obtainable for both species. Cats cannot suitably metabolize acetaminophen and the lethal effects include anemia, damage to red blood cells, and severe liver injury. As little as one normal strength Tylenol® tablet can be fatal to an adult cat!
Symptoms of acetaminophen intoxication include weakness, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and swelling of the face and legs. Most felines are exposed to acetaminophen by ingesting a dropped and left on the floor pill or following administration by a well-meaning but in the dark owner.
Take the time to take your ailing feline to the veterinarian. Your cat is worth every penny you spend on him/her. Proper cat medications aren’t that expensive and you will be able to enjoy life with your irreplaceable feline for years to come. That is money well spent.

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