Monday, July 17, 2006
A Public Service Announcement
Ok humans, I have a bone to pick with you, and you should know that for a husky to pick a bone with you, that's pretty serious.
What's with this just giving us medicine without really knowing what the heck you're giving us? You humans get all sorts of pamphlets and hand outs and crap printed on your medicine so you know what you're taking and what it'll do for you, but you come home with a pill bottle with our name on it and shove that stuff down our throats. Do you even know what you're giving us?
Dog medicine has side effects too you know. Some of it can be really bad for us if you don't know what to look for in a reaction. How is it that you'll read labels on everything, including your food, and figure out how many calories or fat there is in something before you shove it down your throat, but don't think of going on-line and looking something up, or even asking your vet before shoving stuff down our throats? You just take the pills and hide them in some cheese or hamburger on the times your told to, and don't even think about what those pills can be doing to us.
As much as I hate to say it, but we're dogs. HELLO! If we don't feel pain, then we think everything is A OK and we'll go about our business as normal. So if we hurt ourselves, and we're suppose to not jump on furniture or run around like scalded weasels, if you give us pain pills, we'll feel just fine and do the things we aren't suppose to do, and cause ourselves more harm than good.
There are also some VERY BAD side effects to a lot of the pain pills that vets give to us. Most of the time we don't need those pills, but apparently humans and vets are now in the whole touchy feeling feel good mode and think that we deserve the same pain relief that humans do. Bang your thumb with a hammer, and humans are digging into the pain pills, and think we need them too.
Given a choice: couple of days in pain, versus a destroyed liver... I'll take the few days of pain thank you. I'll milk that few days of pain into weeks of pampering and human treats. We can't say to you "Hey, that pill you gave me makes me feel bad". Humans can't speak our lingo, so they'll probably interpret that into "oh, I need to give them another pill, they're still feeling bad".
Do yourself a big favor and instead of just taking whatever pills that vet gives you, ask them about the side effects, ask them what it will do to us, and if you can't get a straight answer, then go look it up before you sneak it into a slice of cheese. At the very least, you'll be learning a bit about what it is you are giving us, learn the signs of any reaction, and won't feel like crap if what you gave us makes us sicker or worse.
(all that talk of cheese made me hungry again)