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What should I keep in mind when giving my cat respiratory medications?

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Does your pet have respiratory problems? If you notice that your furry little friend is suffering from a respiratory condition, it's best to see a veterinarian immediately. A vet can prescribe a respiratory medication to soothe your animal's pain. Be alert, though – animals can suffer negative side effects to some medications. Here are some things to keep in mind:

• Certain drugs should not be used if the animal has a known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug.

• If the pet is diabetic or suffers from hyperthyroidism, use the drug with extreme caution.

• During and after administration, the heart rate should be monitored carefully. A dog's heart rate shouldn't exceed 120 beats per minute and a cat's shouldn't exceed 150 beats per minute.

• Certain drugs (aminophylline, sodium bicarbonate, epinephrine, beta blockers, some anesthetics, and tricyclic antidepressants) interact with other medications so discuss this with your vet to be safe.



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