We, at Happy Tails Animal Hospital, understand your desire to purchase pharmaceutical supplies at the lowest possible cost. Many people do not understand why veterinary hospitals may charge more for pharmaceuticals than internet pharmacies. Some believe that in doing so, veterinary hospitals are making huge profits on pharmaceutical sales. That is certainly not the case.
We are happy and willing to write prescriptions for you to purchase your products on-line if you choose. We must, however, follow certain protocols for such prescription writing in order to limit our liability. With the advent of E-commerce, internet scams and fraud have also become a billion dollar business. We cannot be aware of all the problems on the internet and certainly do not wish to act as the “internet police”, but it is certain that some pharmacies are in violation of standard pharmaceutical practices. Some of them have had their pharmaceutical licenses placed on probation and have been fined for re-packaging and mislabeling products. There are, however, others that may be reputable and reliable. We cannot, however, make any recommendations as to a specific internet pharmacy and which category they would fall into.
Happy Tails Animal Hospital assumes no responsibility for the efficacy, dosing instructions, proper packaging or dating of any medication received outside of our hospital. We will not sign any prescriptions FAXED to us by an internet pharmacy upon your request, as this puts our doctor’s signature on a prescription request from an unknown pharmacy.
We can, and will do this:
Please understand that we are here to help you and your pets in any and every way. As your pet’s doctor, we wish to help protect them by making you aware of the fraud and deception that has, unfortunately, infiltrated the internet pharmacy business. As such, we have been forced to limit our liability by outlining and adhering to these few simple rules regarding prescriptions obtained outside our hospital.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,
The Doctors and Staff at Happy Tails Animal Hospital
Most lost family pets that are found or rescued are unidentifiable and the vast majority NEVER returns home. Collars with tags may come off or be removed and tattoos become illegible over time and are difficult to trace. Pets can safely and painlessly be identified using a microchip inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades. This microchip is the size of a grain of rice, and is inserted by injection (like a vaccination).
If you are a dog owner in Lancaster County, you can obtain a lifetime license from the county once your pet has been microchipped. This is a one-time licensing fee, that will provide a license for your dog for the remainder of his or her lifetime.
Home Again Microchips
We use Home Again Microchips. See link below for more information on their chips!
A fecal (stool) sample is used to diagnose the presence of intestinal worms in your pet. Parasite eggs are detected by magnifying the sample under a microscope. A single stool sample is a very tiny sampling of the intestinal content. Although a pet may be infected, eggs may not be readily identified in every sample. Therefore, in some cases, multiple samples may be needed for examination. Puppies and kittens have a high incidence of worms and will, in most, instances, be routinely de-wormed.
Types of Worms:
Managing your pet’s arthritis:
Arthritis is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage that covers and protects the end of bones in a joint. As cartilage wears away the bones will touch and cause pain. Risk factors include breed inherited traits; overweight dog, large or giant breeds, age, joint trauma, and levels of high activity for long periods of time.
We have multiple products and suggestions that will help you manage your pet’s arthritis.
Adequan: Adequan is an injection for dogs only that contains a medication called polysulfated glycosaminoglycan. The injection is given in the muscle twice a week for 4 weeks consecutively. After these total of 8 injections, we would do a monthly or longer maintenance injection. Every dog is different in how long between injections they can go. Adequan is designed to help prevent the cartilage in your dog’s joint from wearing away. Studies show that it keeps the cartilage from breaking down and actually support the repair process. This treatment is best done earlier before advanced damage happens to the cartilage.
Dasuquin: Dasuquin is a chewable tablet administered daily. Initially the dose will be higher for 4-6 weeks, and then cut in half for a long term maintenance dose. It is also designed to help protect cartilage in your dog’s joints. Dasuquin contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, ASU, and decaffeinated tea. Glucosamine and Chondroitin support the cartilage production and helps block enzymes that break down the cartilage. ASU helps glucosamine and Chondroitin by supporting joint function and comfort levels. It inhibits mediators that are involved in cartilage breakdown. The last component, Tea, helps because the rich antioxidants it contains have a positive effect on joints as well.
Dasuquin with MSM contains a sulfur based supplement that cartilage naturally uses. Supplementing it helps with the building of cartilage as well. When all of these different supplements are used together they have been shown to help the joints.
Omega-3’s/Fish Oil: Studies have shown that high levels of EPA and DHA can naturally reduce inflammation. This will help with the pain associated with arthritis. It also is a good supplement for your pet all around and may help with coat quality, skin problems, kidneys, heart, and allergies. Please use a product that is made for pets and contains vitamin e as well.
NSAIDs: Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug – reduces inflammation and helps control pain. When we use this medication long term we recommend monitoring blood work to check that the medication is not affecting your pet’s kidneys or liver.
Tramadol: Tramadol is a synthetic pain medication that can be given at wide range to help control your dog’s pain. It is safe and can be used with multiple different medications.
Gabapentin: Is a pain medication that can relieve pain related to nerve irritation. It has a wide dosing range and safety margin. It can initially make your pet more sedate, but they will adjust after being on it for a few days. It may be more helpful for pain that has been going on longer as opposed to a sudden (acute) problem.
What else can you do to help you pet: