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(Also see Physical Exams section for info on administering medications.)

CVP (Compendium of Veterinary Products) Requires a valid ID/password for full access, however.
Pet Web Library -- Pharmacy Section (Click on "Pharmacy" at the bottom) Mar Vista Animal Medical Center
Baytril technical bulletin -- new dosage guideline from Bayer. New maximum dosage for feline is 5mg/kg/day PO (Otherwise possible permanent eye damages)
New feline dosage for Baytril -- from Bayer Veterinary Services (June 2000). New maximum dosage for feline is 5mg/kg/day PO (Tablet form)
Microbial Warfare: The Front Lines of Antibiotic Resistance A good educational material on the use of antibiotics and development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
FDA-approved animal drug product database Center For Veterinary Medicine - Virginia Tech University
Gel Caps for medicating cats 1 Using empty gelatin capsules in medicating cats
Gel Caps for medicating cats 2 Using empty gelatin capsules in medicating cats
Torpac Capsules Veterinary Capsules Guide A gelatin capsule company's guide to choosing a right capsule size for small & large animals
Medication product labels Some of the more commonly used veterinary medications (PDF files)

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Keep in mind that the manufacturers' dosage and usage information is not necessarily the last words in medication uses in veterinary medicine. So-called "extra-label uses" (uses not according to the official label instructions) are quite common in veterinary medicine, because many drugs have never been scientifically tested in all species. (For example, certain drugs only approved for uses in dogs are routinely used in cats, with adjustments in dosage.)

One of the very accessible (and inexpensive) sources of practical drug usage information for dogs and cats is a book called THE PILL BOOK GUIDE TO MEDICATION FOR YOUR DOG AND CAT. (Bantam Books paperback, Copyright 1998, $6.99, ISBN 0-553-57989-4) (See this book at Amazon.com.) It is full of information on the commonly accepted medication usage practices that may not be mentioned in the product labels, along with specific information on side effects that owners and vet techs alike should watch out for when animals are on some of the medications.

Ideally, this type of information can and probably should come from veterinarians prescribing the medications. We all know, however, the reality is not always so, particularly in shelter medicine where access to veterinarians are often quite limited.

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