Two Books on Pet Medications

Brief book reviews of two books on veterinary medications, one written for the layperson and the other for the veterinarian. Good books for those of you who want to know more about any drug that might be prescribed or OTC drug that might be advised for your dog or cat. A good supplement to what your vet tells you when prescribing , and a good backup in case you don't remember everything your vet told you in the office.

Two Books on Veterinary Medications

reviewed by Pam Green, © 2003


The Pill Book Guide to Medications for Your Dog and Cat

from Bantam books in paperback for $6.99.

This book is a laypersons guide to medications and it is quite good. It explains in layperson's language

The only thing missing , something most such books do include , is a picture chart showing the various pills. It's always a good idea to know what the pill the pharmacist is supposed to be handing you is supposed to look like because then if he hands you something that looks different you should immediately sound the alarm. Now most pet meds are handed to you by your vet and mistakes are less likely, but some drugs will be "scripted out" to the people pharmacy. (If a drug is being scripted out, ask your vet to write down the name of the drug for you in clearly printed letters so you can double check that it is the same as the lable on the drug the pharmacy gives you. Ask your vet to spell the name out to the pharmacist over the phone when phoning in the prescription or to print the name in large clear letters if FAXing the prescription in. Too many drugs that sound an awful lot alike have radically different effects; too many drugs that are spelled nearly alike have radically different effects. )

There is also "The Pill Book" for people meds from Bantam. Bit bigger and does have the pill photo gallery.


Veterinary Drug Handbook

by Donald Plumb, PharmD , Iowa State University Press

Now if you need more detailed or technical info you can ask your vet to photocopy the relevant pages from the Veterinary Drug Handbook which is the vet's equivalent to Physicians Desk Reference. Better yet , you can buy yourself your own copy for $50. This is the professional level version. In addition to giving the same information as given in "The Pill Book", VDH gives detailed information about

If you are the kind of person who likes to have a recent copy of Physician's Desk Reference in your library, then you will probably also want to have Veterinary Drug Handbook. It is available in a pocket sized (smaller print) version, a regular book sized (larger print) version, and on CD-ROM.


For still more information, including information on drugs in clinical trials, you might go to the Food and Drug Administration website, which includes a section for veterinary drugs.


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