Pheromones, Antioxidants and Bethanechol Chloride

April 28, 2016  

1. Pheromones

Why has my pet been prescribed pheromone medication?

Pheromones are social scents secreted by animals, the scents send a message to other animals and act as a means of communication. Natural Pheromones are secreted in anal glands, urine and facial skin.

Artificial pheromones are prescribed to help improve anti-social behavior. The artificial pheromones help reduce stress and increase the animals feeling of security during stressful and distressing events such as fireworks or bringing a new pet or child into the home environment.

Potential side effects

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. If you experience anything unusual contact your local veterinary surgery.

2. Antioxidants

Antioxidants are a substance that shields the body from free radical damage. Free radicals cause damage to living tissue in a process called ‘oxidation’. Free radicals enter the environment through pollution and UV radiation but are also produced naturally though metabolism, exercise and stress. Your pet will have natural antioxidants in their body to protect them from damage but food supplements can also assist this, well known antioxidants include vitamin C, E and A.

Does my pet need antioxidants?

Pets with diets high in antioxidants generally have better health and wellbeing. Factors such as exercise, eating a low antioxidant diet and general anaesthetics use up the body’s own antioxidant defences. An antioxidant rich diet can aid in preventing the degeneration of sight, joints and organs.

Where can I purchase antioxidants for my pet?

Please consult your vet before administering antioxidants, they can advise you on high quality products that are specific to your pet’s needs.

3. Bethanechol Chloride

If your pet is having problems trying to urinate, Bethanechol Chloride will be prescribed to stimulate muscular contractions in your pet’s bladder.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects, but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Potential side effects include: stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting and lack of appetite. If side effects persist consult your vets immediately.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. In this case, your vet will monitor your pet closely and may vary the dose of medication accordingly.