Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00091

Submission Number:
Raymond Ramirez
Lakeview Veterinary Clinic
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
The states license veterinary professionals to look out for the best interest of the animals in the community. The different medications and dosages of these medications are of paramount importance in how the animal is treated, and how important it is to the pet's health. In my own practice, we have had numerous cases where we have written (actually typed - so no question on handwriting) for a certain insulin, or thyroid medication to be filled at the human pharmacy. The pharmacy then calls to ask if they can change these medications for a cheaper alternative, when these pets have almost died with previous medications. The one time pharmacist looking at one script can not understand the entirety of the medical history that this pet, or livestock has had that requires this medication. We have caught errors on our follow up calls where human pharmacists are exchanging medications when doing so can be a life threatening problem. One such patient 'Daisy' was on a generic pancreas enzyme supplement, but was continuing to decrease in weight to 2.4 lbs (yes 2 lb, 7 ounces), and when we got her on the brand name product - within 3 months she was up to the 4.7 lbs and her owner thought we were miracle workers. We would be putting the pharmacists in a terrible spot to make these determinations when the animal is not coming to them on a regular bases, they did not receive training in these animal products, and are then asked for opinions on the same products which they feel obligated to comment upon, yet they have no scientific basis on which to discuss a response. I want the pharmacist to be able to assist people in their medications and to require their extra knowledge of all the other species of animals is impossible to do with just a few conferences and seminars. Or so it seems to someone who has had to tell a client that her pet died because of a mistake of how the pharmacist changed medications from one brand to another - not realizing this was critical. On a related note - in 2012, we have had 2 puppies who have received vaccines from a farm store, and 'given' at the 'right' times, die from a very easily preventable disease: parvovirus. When talking to both owners, (one in February, the other a few weeks ago in July), they both thought the were doing the best for their puppy but saving a few dollars. Unfortunately, their pet died because those involved could not accurately assess the proper vaccine needed, if the pet was healthy enough for the vaccine, and now two well loved puppies are dead because they thought it was OK to do these vaccines OTC. They did not realize all of issues around the health care of their animal. I hope this is of some help