When it comes to our beloved furry friends, we want the absolute best. Unfortunately, sometimes health issues arise and leave pet owners wondering the best way to proceed. In this article, we will briefly cover commonly prescribed medications to treat three ailments: seizures, pain, and allergies. By knowing about these drugs and their associated side effects, dog owners can make sure they are making educated, appropriate decisions for Fido.
Phenobarbital for Dogs
Studies show that one in five dogs suffers from seizures. That’s a staggering number when you think about it. Therefore, up to 20% of pet parents will have to make a tough decision when it comes to how they plan to manage the frequency and severity of their dog’s seizures. One commonly prescribed anti-seizure medication is called Phenobarbital.
Phenobarbital Side Effects
When Phenobarbital may be effective at treating seizures in some dogs, it comes with a slew of potential adverse reactions that pet owners must be implicitly aware of. These side effects include:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive hunger
- Weight gain as well as severe weight loss
- Increased urination
- Behavioral changes including anxiety and depression
- Ataxia (loss of coordination)
- Lethargy or, conversely, hyperexcitability
- Excessive vomiting
- Changes in stool and/or urine
It should be also be noted that a troubling fact about all anti-seizure medications for dogs is that once they are started, they can’t be stopped. Stopping Phenobarbital for dogs can have horrific consequences including life-threatening seizures and a severe worsening of their present condition. Furthermore, some dogs are resistant to conventional anti-seizure medications.
Therefore, the pet owner may be administering it as directed, yet the dog’s seizure to not improve, yet the medication cannot be stopped without the potential for irreversible damage. As you can see, choosing Phenobarbital must be a decision made only once you thoroughly understand the medication and what is at stake.
Apoquel for Dogs
Just like people, our four-legged friends can also suffer from allergies and allergic reactions. In order to help control and alleviate environmental allergies, many vets will prescribe the drug Apoquel.
Apoquel Side Effects
Like all conventional medications, Apoquel comes with a number of potential adverse reactions that pet owners should be aware of before administering the drug. Side effects of Apoquel include:
- Vomiting (with or without blood)
- Diarrhea (with or without the presence of blood)
- Decreased appetite
- Total appetite loss
- Excessive lethargy
- Increased lipase and cholesterol
- Development of pneumonia
- Additional severe infections (i.e UTIs, skin infections, and ear infections)
- New cutaneous or subcutaneous lumps
- Reduced leukocytes
- Decreased globulins
- Increased aggression and behavioral changes
- Development of polydipsia
As you can see, many pet parents are wary of whether allergy control is worth the potential associated side effects.
Meloxicam for Dogs
We can all agree that life is far too short to live in pain. Therefore, many vets will prescribe a drug known as Meloxicam. Meloxicam for dogs is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that alleviates pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
Meloxicam Side Effects
Unfortunately, Meloxicam is also associated with a slew of potential adverse reactions including:
- Tarry black stools
- Diarrhea (with or without blood present)
- Vomiting (often with blood present)
- Stomach ulcers
- Increased thirst and therefore increased urination
- Abdominal pain and tenderness
- Swelling (caused by to fluid retention)
- Weight gain (due to fluid retention)
- Ataxia (Loss of coordination/ dizziness)
- Dry mouth
- Skin irritation (such as redness, inflammation, and scabs)
- Loss of kidney function and additional kidney issues
- Appetite loss and associated weight loss
- Exhaustion and overall body weakness
- Jaundice (a yellowing of the dog’s eyes, gums, and skin)
Of course, no pet owner wants to see their beloved furry companion in pain. However, a quick glance at the side effects associated with Meloxicam will undoubtedly have anyone worried. Yes, you may be able to relieve joint pain, but will you possibly be creating another problem that will therefore require additional medication? You can see how one drug can quickly lead to the need for several others. It’s a troubling cycle.
An All Natural Alternative: CBD for Dogs
With the number of adverse reactions associated with the vast majority of conventional medication comes an undying desire for all natural alternatives. It’s no surprise that pet parents will do just about anything to relieve their fur babies of their ailments, yet many wonder at what cost. Is pain relief worth potentially irreversible damage to the vital organs? Is anti-convulsant medication worth a lifetime sentence of drug use along with a slew of horrific side effects? And allergies… is a sneeze-free Spring worth the possibility of a severe infection, or worse? Luckily, there’s another option: CBD oil for dogs.
CBD oil for dogs is changing the game in the way that we treat our pet’s health conditions. Remarkably, hemp-derived CBD is proving itself to be a safe and effective substitute for the three aforementioned commonly prescribed conventional medications.
Reducing Seizures with CBD
Over three decades worth of studies prove that CBD oil has the ability to decrease the severity and frequency of seizures in people and animals who suffer from epilepsy. Incredibly, CBD has also proven to work in cases where the person or dog was resistant to conventional anti-convulsant medication.
Managing Pain with CBD
CBD and its anti-inflammatory properties are also powerful tools in managing and alleviating pain. In fact, CBD is so effective that scientists are considering it to be a new drug class for the treatment of chronic pain.
Alleviating Allergies with CBD
Finally, by implementing CBD oil and specifically formulated CBD treats, pet owners can safely and effectively rid their four-legged friends of pesky environmental allergies and the associated side effects.
Our Final Thought
We are by no means negating the absolute need for conventional medications. Who knows where we would be without them. However, what we are saying is that it is imperative for pet owners to recognize that we have a choice in how we manage our pets’ ailments. By educating yourself on what a new drug might entail, we can be sure that we are making the best choice for our dog’s wellbeing.
SMH Sim Lab Trains Healthcare Workers To Handle COVID-19
Surrey Memorial Hospital Simulation Lab is Game Changer in Training Healthcare Workers to Handle COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis
Surrey Hospitals Foundation Investing $100,000 in New Simulation Technology
The Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) Simulation Lab has been credited as a “game changer” in helping train healthcare workers to better handle COVID-19 pandemic crisis situations.
The Surrey Hospitals Foundation is investing another $100,000 for new simulation technologies for the SMH Simulation Lab, contributing a total of $1.3 million including seed funding since 2015.
The SMH simulation Lab is one of two regional simulation centres supporting the Fraser Health region. It is a partnership between Surrey Memorial Hospital, Fraser Health and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine.
“Our Simulation Lab has been very successful in training and preparing healthcare workers in various emergency situations and ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it has been instrumental in helping frontline hospital staff handle crisis situations,” says Lisa Ewart, Clinical Practice Consultant and Simulation Program Lead in Fraser Health.
“In addition, our Simulation Lab has facilitated and identified ongoing improvements in healthcare procedures, especially related to COVID-19, that has been adopted and implemented across the region.”
Between March and June 2020 alone, the SMH Simulation Lab has conducted 217 COVID-19 process simulations and trained over 900 hospital staff, using scenarios that were developed based on current pandemic guidelines from the Emergency Operations Committee.
These simulations occurred in emergency, intensive care, cardiac care, medical/surgical cohort units, COVID-19 testing centers and involved interdisciplinary participation.
The SMH Simulation Lab allows learners to practice high risk, low-frequency procedures – such as trauma from a car accident, or how to care for a patient in a pandemic – in a safe, risk-free environment.
Simulation encourages team training, by building on teamwork and communication skills, identifying roles or practicing use of protocols during a crisis or code blue situations.
The Simulation Lab supports healthcare workers, hospital staff, students, social workers, lab technicians and other learning groups such as community first responders.
Pediatric Emergency Department Simulation Practice
The Simulation Lab also takes part in the Surrey Hospital Foundation’s Mini Med School Education Program which gives high school students an opportunity to explore a variety of medical specialties with small-group workshops with physicians and technicians.
Interesting facts about the Surrey Memorial Hospital Simulation Lab:
- 3 high tech rooms, 2 debrief rooms, 3 skill rooms, 1 virtual reality surgical simulation room.
- Pediatric simulations to support pediatric emergency department, child health centre and pediatric psychiatry.
- In 2020 alone, the SIM Lab completed more than 2,400 hours of simulation education and more than 800 simulation sessions compared to 401 hours and 153 sessions in 2016.
- The pediatric mannequins that were bought in 2020 have been used in more than 60 simulations sessions and over 110 hours of clinical training.
- The adult mannequins from 2015 have had 17,000 compressions, been ventilated 2,400 times and been shocked 700 times.
“Our Foundation provided the seed funding when the SIM lab was first launched in 2015, and we are proud to continue supporting this crucially important education program to help improve the quality of our healthcare and health outcomes of our patients,” says Jane Adams, President and CEO of the Surrey Hospitals Foundation.
About Surrey Hospitals Foundation:
Surrey Hospitals Foundation is the largest non-government funder of health care for families in Surrey and surrounding Fraser Valley communities.
The Foundation supports the major health facilities in the region, Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) and Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC), as well as numerous specialized programs for newborns, children, adults and seniors.
The Foundation invests in the future of health care by funding innovative research in Surrey that can lead to medical breakthroughs.
BC Government Announces Additional AstraZeneca Vaccines Available At 20 London Drugs Locations In The Lower Mainland
London Drugs Opens Online Appointment Booking System for those Aged 55 to 65
London Drugs will open up online appointment booking after the province has announced limited additional supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Starting at 12:45 p.m. (PST) on Monday April 5, those aged 55 to 65 can visit the online booking system at LondonDrugs.com/covid19 and follow the prompts to find available appointments.
2200 doses will be distributed amongst 20 London Drugs locations in the Lower Mainland before the end of day Monday April 5 with additional supply expected in the coming weeks.
“With the overwhelming demand, we are happy to see the government now accelerating the distribution of the vaccine through our pharmacies,” said Chris Chiew, General Manager of Pharmacy at London Drugs.
Patients will now be able to join a waitlist on a first-come-first-serve basis so that when vaccine inventory is depleted, they will be notified when more appointments become available.
Patients on the waitlist will also be notified if there are “no shows” to previously booked appointments. Everyone wanting an appointment must go through the same online booking system.
“We are doing everything we can to quickly respond to changing vaccine supply and help the government ensure a widespread, easily accessible and equitable vaccination campaign as we do every year for flu,” said Chiew. “Thank you to our customers and patients for their patience. And to our pharmacy staff for their early efforts in what will be one of the largest public immunizations efforts ever undertaken in the province.”
For months, London Drugs pharmacists have been assisting with the Province’s vaccination efforts by administering the COVID vaccine on-site at various assisted living facilities and hospitals in B.C. to help speed up delivery to those most at-risk.
AstraZeneca Vaccines will be available for eligible British Columbians aged 55-65 at the following locations:
About London Drugs
Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs sells to every province and territory in Canada through its online store www.LondonDrugs.com and has 81 physical stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from personal protection equipment for pandemic safety, to digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 9000 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business.
Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring Canadian company that supports Canadian brands and continues to position itself for future growth and development.
Mayor Doug McCallum Urges Everyone To Do Their Part And Get Vaccinated When Turn Comes Up
Surrey, BC – Mayor Doug McCallum is asking everyone to get vaccinated when their turn comes up. Eligibility to book an appointment in Mayor McCallum’s age bracket came into effect yesterday. The Mayor promptly went online and scheduled an appointment for his immunization shot, which he received this afternoon.
“The light in this long tunnel that we have been travelling in is getting brighter everyday. We can get there sooner if everyone gets vaccinated when it is their turn. I can assure you that booking an appointment was easy and fast through Fraser Health’s online process and that the shot I received today was done safely, quickly and virtually pain-free. Let’s stamp out COVID. Book your immunization shot as soon as your turn comes up.”
The City of Surrey is supporting Fraser Health’s mass immunization clinics by offering space at three Recreation Centres. Eligible residents can book vaccination appointments beginning March 29 for clinics at Cloverdale Recreation Centre and South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre. Fraser Health is planning to open a third Surrey clinic at Guildford Recreation Centre and a date will be announced soon.
Visit fraserhealth.ca/vaccine to learn more or to book a COVID vaccination appointment.
3 Surrey Recreation Centres To Serve As Mass Immunization Clinics For Fraser Health Authority
Surrey, BC – In support of Fraser Health Authority’s (FHA) COVID-19 vaccination rollout, gymnasiums at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, and Guildford Recreation Centre will serve as sites for mass immunization clinics.
“As vaccine distribution is set to ramp up, the City is proud to do its part in supporting Fraser Health’s safe vaccination rollout by offering the gymnasium space at these three civic facilities,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Vaccinating over 600,000 residents is no small feat, but we are confident that by offering these large distribution centres, everyone who wants to be immunized will have access to one near their home.”
Eligible residents can currently book vaccination appointments for clinics within Surrey at both the Cloverdale Recreation Centre and South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre. FHA is planning to open a third clinic in Surrey at Guildford Recreation Centre and a date will be announced soon.
Each site will include a drop-off location for immunization appointments, and residents are encouraged to take public transit when possible. Free parking is available.
Eligible residents can book vaccination appointments by visiting fraserhealth.ca/vaccinebooking or by calling the Fraser Health vaccination appointment line at 1-855-755-2455, which is available 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please call only when it’s your turn.
Recreational programming will continue at these facilities utilizing separate entrances, and City staff are working to minimize programming disruptions.
Find the latest information on COVID-19 on the City’s social media channels at www.surrey.ca/Covid19.
A Proudly Canadian Solution to Canada’s Chronic Drug and Vaccine Shortages
Ensuring Canadians have access to the medications they need means supporting Canadian manufacturers, says London Drugs.
The pandemic has highlighted a glaring weakness in Canadian healthcare: reoccurring shortages of essential drugs and vaccines.
London Drugs says it is important to work now to find solutions to drug and vaccine supply. As the company prepares to join Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, it is pledging support to Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturers to help reduce reliance on foreign suppliers and improve domestic supply of essential medicines and vaccines.
“There is a proudly Canadian solution to the medication and vaccine shortages: supporting domestic drug manufacturers,” says Clint Mahlman, President and COO, London Drugs.
“It’s the right thing to do for our pharmacy patients, for the industry and for the country.” An overwhelming majority of Canadians agree.
A recent survey among members of the online Angus Reid Forum found due to the pandemic, 96 per cent of Canadians feel that it is important to have a strong domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing presence.
Drug shortages have been a challenge for Canada’s pharmacies for many years including epipens and other treatments. The result of longstanding global supply chain issues, shortages can have a real impact on the health of Canadians. Domestic manufacturing may offer a long-term solution.
London Drugs has a long history of supporting local Canadian products and Canadian suppliers. Proudly Canadian signage in stores and online make it easier for customers to find locally made products. Consistent with its commitment to supporting local, in April 2020, London Drugs offered up shelf space in stores to local small businesses who had to close their doors due to COVID-19; the ‘Local Central’ initiative raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Canadian small businesses.
With respect to drug and vaccine shortages, London Drugs is in continuous discussions with Apotex Inc., and other Canadian manufacturers on this issue.
Apotex, Canada’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer says that its fully integrated manufacturing facilities underscore the importance of having a domestic manufacturing capability.
“We have the ability to adjust our manufacturing and distribution in order to meet urgent government and patient needs,” says Raymond Shelley, SVP Commercial Operations- Canadian & Caribbean, Apotex.
In April 2020, the world saw a growing demand of hydroxychloroquine. Apotex shifted its priorities by scaling up production to manufacture more hydroxychloroquine to meet the increased demand. Being its home market, Canadians were the first priority before product was shipped to other markets.
“With support from other Canadian companies like London Drugs, we can help make Canada self-sufficient by ensuring a stable, secure supply of medication and bring new drugs to market,” says Shelley. “That not only means better care for Canadians, but also thousands of new, high-quality, highly skilled jobs.”
*According to StatsCan, the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in Canada employs approximately 30,000 people. With an increased pharmaceutical manufacturing presence, Canadians will see a direct economic impact through a growth in employment opportunities.
“As a Canadian owned and operated company, we understand the importance of supporting Canadian businesses. And given the option, we would want more domestic suppliers helping to keep our pharmacies stocked – ensuring our patients get the crucial medications and vaccines when they need it,” says Mahlman.
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