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Medication Side Effects

Ask Dr. Rich - Medication Side Effects

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Welcome to our first newsletter, Ask Dr. Rich. We understand there are a lot of questions when it comes to owning a dog. Dr. Rich will answer your questions and we will choose one question to highlight each month in this newsletter below. Click here to email your canine questions to Dr. Rich, Chief Veterinary Officer for NatrixOne and owner of Four Paws Animal Hospital in Lebanon, OH. 

Sincerely, 
The Team at NatrixOne

Q: What are the side effects of NatrixOne as compared to the side effects of prescribed medications for skin and joint conditions? ​

A: This is a common question I get from my patients. Because NatrixOne is a fatty acid, soft stool at the beginning, of course, can occur and is the reason I recommend starting at a half dose for a few days to a week and then increasing to the full dose.  Some food aversion can happen when you first introduce NatrixOne directly onto the food. We recommend trying the NatrixOne initially in a separate bowl or on your finger to allow your pet to sample it when not related to the food. That’s about it!

Now, side effects are short term and long term with the use of pharmaceutical drugs. The list goes on but here are a few:
 

SKIN DRUGS
Prednisone. Short Term: Increased thirst, frequent urination, increased appetite, slower wound healing or infection due to suppressed immune system, vomiting, diarrhea, aggression or behavioral changes and lethargy. Long Term: Cushing’s Disease, digestive tract ulcers, hair loss or dry hair, diabetes mellitus and heart problems.

Apoquel: Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, inappetence and cost.

Antibiotics: Vomiting, diarrhea and anaphylactic reaction.

Cyclosporine: Immunosuppression, vomiting, diarrhea, inappetence, stomach ulcers, skin rashes and cost.

JOINT (Arthritis) DRUGS
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Vomiting, decreased to no appetite, decreased activity level, diarrhea, kidney disease, stomach and intestinal ulceration, liver failure, diarrhea, vomiting and cost.

Prednisone: See Above

Tramadol: Sedation, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors/incoordination and constipation.

Gabapentin: Sedation, neurological changes/loss of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, depression and oversleeping.

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