When was the last time you took a close look at your pet’s prescription medication label? Would you be surprised to know that, by law, the label is required to include twelve different informational items? Have a look at this mandatory dozen and see if every single one of them appears on your pet’s prescription label.
1. Date the medication was prescribed
2. Your pet’s name
3. Your name
4. The prescribing veterinarian’s name
5. Address and telephone number of the facility filling the prescription
6. Amount of medication dispensed (milliliters, ounces, number of tablets or capsules)
7. Strength of the medication (milligrams, micrograms)
8. Dosage and duration of treatment
9. Route of administration (orally, applied to the skin, in the ear)
10. Number of refills
11. Cautionary instructions (“shake well,” “keep refrigerated,” “don’t let your dog drive”)
12. Expiration date
After performing this exercise, please let me know what you learned, other than, that’s one heck of a lot of information for such a tiny label? It’s no wonder I need my reading glasses!
Wishing you and your four-legged family members abundant good health,
Dr. Nancy Kay
Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
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