Opiate use in the United States is a reality that kills 90 people a day. Addicts do whatever it takes to get their doses, they may even have injured their pets to get vets to prescribe some kind of off-limits drug for their own consumption.

For more than two years, the United States authorities have been facing a surge in opiate use among its population. A recent study by the University of Colorado shows that more than 600 people die every week in North America as a result of drugs and their derivatives and that this number is increasing.

From a health point of view, until now, the task of detecting this type of addiction has mainly fallen to doctors and pharmacists, but in recent times veterinarians have also been finding themselves in their clinics in strange situations that, due to their peculiar characteristics, make them suspect the existence of possible drug use.

Although it may seem like a lie or an exaggeration of the media, the truth is that in the United States there could be cases of people who mistreat their dogs with the aim of obtaining from veterinarians some medicine related to opiates, a reality that the experts at the Anschutz Medical Campus have denounced after interviewing almost two hundred animal health professionals.

The result of this work is that at least 13% of the veterinarians surveyed acknowledged that they had at some point treated animals that they felt might have been mistreated and injured voluntarily by their owners. The reason for this behavior would be to obtain for the animals some kind of calming or anti-inflammatory drug that they would use at home for their own consumption.

In Spain, this type of situation is very difficult because the general sale of medicines in veterinary clinics is an activity that is not authorized, except for those specifically intended for animal use and those of a generic nature commonly used in pets for cures, deworming, small treatments, surgical interventions, etc.

Spanish legislation requires that all drugs have to be purchased in pharmacies so that to get any medicine for our pets veterinarians must previously write the corresponding prescription and pharmacists will ultimately be responsible for authorizing or not the sale of the drug.

The first time you suspect that your dog has scabies, the first thing you need to do is to go to the vet immediately to have the animal examined and to get a specific diagnosis. It will be up to him, through different tests, to determine if and what type of scabies it is.

Once scabies has been diagnosed, treatment will depend on several factors, including the state of the disease, whether it is advanced or not, the age and weight of the animal.

The vet will most likely apply an acaricide to the dog that can be oral, topical or even injectable. In addition, treatment may be supplemented with anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, and some lotion or shampoo to treat mites.

It is very important to follow the treatment with a slitting board and never leave it halfway, even if we believe that our pet is already cured. If we do this, it is possible that the disease will soon return and this time it will be more difficult to end it.


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