Over the past six years my husband and I have faced our fair share of veterinarian visits and vet bills. Our little dog has had everything from vaginitis to major surgery for a torn ACL. Along the way we have had to spend a small fortune on medications to treat the various conditions. We also learned about over-the-counter medications that we can use in place of some of the expensive prescription medications. These are some of the medications we keep on hand for our dog.
My dog suffers from allergies, and they can be quite a pain to deal with. When she has a flare up she has any number of symptoms including struggling to breathe, itchy ears, ear infections, sore itchy patches on her face and feet. Seeing the doctor usually results in an examination and a prescription, and costs us around $60. After the fourth visit, I asked if there was something over-the-counter we could give her to relieve her symptoms, and was pleased to learn there was. The veterinarian informed us that we could give her 25mg of Benadryl twice a day as needed.
Gold Bond medicated powder
One of the allergies my dog suffers from is related to grass and weeds. There is no way to know exactly what grass or weed causes her flare ups, so we just have to do our best to control her symptoms. Oftentimes when she comes in from being in the yard, her stomach is noticeably red and irritated. To combat this, the doctor told us to wipe her stomach down with a damp rag and apply a thin layer of Gold Bond medicated powder on the area. It helps stop her itching, which can be bad after an afternoon outside.
In June of 2011, our dog had to have surgery to repair a torn ACL, and although she has healed from that, she has arthritis as a result. As with humans, arthritis can be very painful for dogs. Daisy (our dog) doesn’t seem affected most of the time, but when she’s had a really busy day with a lot of running around you can see it hurts. Her veterinarian suggested we buy her some Bayer aspirin. We were told to we could give her one 25mg Bayer aspirin twice a day if needed, and they seem to help her.
These medications aren’t meant to replace your veterinarian, and you shouldn’t give any of them to your pet without talking to your vet first. If your dog is obviously distressed, you should take him/her to the doctor as soon as possible.
Author’s personal experience