Use of medicines

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The correct use of
medicines

The use of medicines in animals has been under increasingly
scrutiny with public concern about residues in meat and
milk, as well as a wish to maximise the benefit of
medication to animals by correct usage.

This sets out, in a concise and informative manner, basic
recommendations on drug buying, storage, record keeping,
use and disposal of unused surplus and withdrawal periods.



Safe
storage of medicines

Medicines should only be obtained from an authorised
supplier, such as your veterinary surgeon, as some other
sources may be illegal and the drugs may not be safe or
effective.

The keeping of records not only has value at the time of
treatment, but may be extremely helpful in a year’s time,
when your veterinary surgeaon needs to check on the history
of a particular animal.

The safe storage of animal medicines, under lock and key,
is important. Not only for you to keep tabs on all the
drugs being used at any particular time, but also with
respect to the health and safety of any other animals or
children around the farm. Accidents involving children and
carelessly stored drugs are ones that should never happen.

Ask your
vet


Always ask your veterinary surgeon for advice and training
in the administration of medicines. He or she can give you
full instructions which should be followed, If in doubt,
ask!



Ask your
vet!

Avoid drug
residues


Drug residues in meat and animal products must avoided at
all costs. This is symply done: all it needs is that the
recommended withdrawal time for each medicine is strictly
observed. If the animals are sold before the end of any
withdrawal period, it is important that you tell the
purchaser and, or, auctioneer or other dealer.

As a precaution in case of emergencies, it is recommended
that a list of emergency telephone numbers is kept to hand
but, hopefully, they will never be needed.