There’s absolutely no doubt that the bond between humans and pets are incredibly strong. Pets are our loyal friends and confidants as well as having an almost magical ability to calm us.

With that in mind, it’s hardly surprising that most pet owners are keen to ensure their pet’s health and happiness – innocent animals that are completely at our mercy, dependent on us to understand when they’re sad, ill or just in need of a cuddle.

Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. You’ll need to provide any necessary vaccinations and other treatments and pet medicines (fleas, worms, supplements etc) that may be needed as well as the correct nutrition, a place to sleep, enough exercise and a huge chunk of your time.

While we all dream of owning a pet with a healthy coat, shining eyes and plenty of vigor, the fact is that every year a vast number of pets become ill and in need of veterinary care. If, for any reason, you believe you’re not in a position to be able to afford such treatment for the sake of your pet’s health , then it would be advisable to reconsider owning a pet.

As a responsible pet owner it’s imperative that you visit your vet whenever there’s reason to suspect all may not be well with your pet’s health and certainly before buying pet medicines online or by mail order. A vet is the only one with the knowledge and experience to prescribe the correct treatment and dosage. Always ask yourself whether you would risk taking a medicine that could have serious side effects without first discussing it with your doctor? You probably wouldn’t. Please don’t give them to your pet either – you could soon find yourself regretting it.

If, after discussing medication with your vet, you decide to buy your pet’s medicines online or by mail order, it’s extremely important that you check the expiry date as many medicines quickly lose their healing properties once expired.

As long as you know your dog well enough to notice any signs of illness and ensure he receives adequate veterinary treatment, there’s no reason why you and your pet shouldn’t spent many happy years together.