Common dog ailments are cured overnight with drugs! Just look at prescription drug ads and commercials. Now what's wrong with this picture?
This seems like a snake in the grass to me.
Drug commercials for people end with that long list of possible side effects that begin with things such as, constipation, diarrhea, mood swings and end with things like pancreatitis, kidney failure, liver disease and in rare cases, death.
Why do we think that will only happen to someone else?
Why does anyone opt for drugs? Especially for a dog who can't tell you what the side effects are he's going through?
Side effects are the body saying "Ouch! Yow! What are you doing to me! I can't process this stuff!"
Why don't these same rules apply to pet prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications? Because dogs are legally a possession, not a live being in our care.
It is left to us to think about, investigate and read the teensy-weensy tiny print on the product insert. (I can usually read this by wearing two pair of reading glasses, one on top of the other.) Why do we have to figure this out ourselves?
There used to be dog prescription drug ads on television for Rimadyl, one of the top selling drugs for dogs. Why did they take it off? The FDA told them because of massive reports, they had to list death as a side effect. Instead they pulled the commercials. For more information on this drug, see the Rimadyl for Dogs page on this site. It's still a very popular drug, even though it shouldn't be on the market at all.
The dog drug commercials that bother me the most are the flea, tick and heartworm ads. They are incredibly good at making us feel like bad owners if we don't use the product.
Technically they're not drugs at all but insecticides given internally. Don't kid yourself that the topical ones don't end up inside.
And how do they get away with labeling it a medicine? The same goes for dewormers. Worms can only thrive in a gut that's full of gooey muck created by poor food choices and lack of beneficial bacteria (killed by antibiotics.)
I feel a sense of their pure greed when they claim that year round dog flea treatment is needed when fleas can't survive below a certain temperature unless they are indoors. And how can there be any alive indoors if the dog flea control killed them all?
And what about year round treatment for heartworm? Not once have a seen a mosquito flying through the snow! Now I can see I've worked myself up over all this, so I should probably calm down with some deep breathing exercise or something. You can read more about heartworm pills and their side effects or the natural heartworm preventative if you like.
Honestly, it's time to cut the crap, turn off the prescription drug ads and get our dogs healthy naturally so they don't get fleas and suffer from ailments treated by masking the symptoms.
Oh! Didn't you know? Healthy dogs don't need any of this stuff. If everyone could just feed their dogs a truly nutritious diet and cut the poisons, the world would be a better place and our dogs would live longer and be happier.