Why self-medicating your pet isn't cost-effective


In these days of cost-cutting measures, there are some things you still shouldn't do to save money, such as--self-medicating your pet.

There have been several stories in the media lately about how the tough economic has put some pet owners in a bind. SmartMoney in particular recently had a smart story about the dilemma of the high cost of pet care recently, and last December, Meg Massie of WalletPop wrote about the problems of cash-strapped pet owners. Then yesterday at the dinner table, my wife started telling me something that a close friend had written on her blog, so you can read about this tale here.

My wife's friend is a veterinarian in southwest Ohio, and last week, one of her patients brought in an aging, arthritic dog with some severe health problems: staggering and falling, not eating, diarrhea and vomiting blood.

As this vet always does, she inquired if his pet was on any medicine, and he replied that he wasn't. His four-year-old son, however, spoke up, reminding him that he had given their dog "a pill."

"Oh, yeah," the owner said. "I gave him an Aleve yesterday, and again today."

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