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  • Antiepileptics are used to help control seizures (fits) in dogs and cats. One type of medication may be used alone or with other medication.

  • Cats and dogs are attracted to the sweet taste of ethylene glycol. Many will voluntarily drink antifreeze if it is spilled or leaks on to garage floors or driveways and are more than ready to lick the product from contaminated paws and coats.

  • Antihistamines are useful for their antipruritic (anti-itch), anti-allergic and sedative effects. Your veterinarian may prescribe this medication to prevent itching in dogs and cats or for managing cats that excessively groom themselves.

  • An antioxidant is any substance that protects the body from free radical damage. There are natural antioxidants produced in the body to counter these free radicals, but antioxidant food supplements can also be administered to neutralize their damaging effects.

  • Having been supplied with cream, lotion or ointment to apply, there is then the problem of how to apply it! Even the most biddable dog can object violently to applications on a sensitive area.

  • This ear preparation has been supplied in order to assist in treating your pet's ear complaint. The condition is not uncommon and as mentioned there are a number of possible causes.

  • Your veterinarian will have discussed the frequency and application of the eye medication prescribed but it may be useful to have these notes as an aide mémoire.

  • A 'sea monkey' is a variant of the brine shrimp Artemia salina produced at the New York Ocean Science Laboratories and thus termed Artemia nyos and is commercially marketed as 'Sea Monkeys'.

  • Arthritis is a complex condition involving inflammation of joints. There are many causes but in general the degree of arthritis is directly related to the age of the animal.

  • Natural pheromones are 'social odours' that are secreted by your pet. The smells are perceived by animals and communicate a message. Artificial pheromones are used to modify behaviour and should only be used in combination with behavioural modification techniques.