Are over the counter medicines OK for pets?

'My kitty is sneezing, coughing and vomiting. Are over the counter medicines OK for pets?' Read what Dr. Baum has to say about being penny wise, pound foolish.

Dear Dr. Baum —

I have a kitty that sneezes, coughs, vomits and has one infected eye. The sneezing started when I found him, his coughing had just occurred yesterday and vomiting followed after his cough this morning. His right eye was infected when I found him, my sister told me to use Terramycin to clear it up. However the ointment made it very cloudy and tears starts to run down to his little nose. Please help, I need to know what I can do for my kitty without the expense of taking him to the vet. If there are any home remedies I can treat him, please do tell me. Are over the counter medicines OK for pets? What do you suggest?

Sacramento, CA

Dear Christie:

There are no panaceas. Your best resolution is to go to a vet who is trained to help your kitty. Otherwise you’ll waste a lot of money and time buying over the counter medications that don’t work. Penny wise is pound foolish.

Dr. B


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