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Common Veterinary Abbreviations

vet holding cat editedThere are several commonly used abbreviations in the veterinary world. Most of the time, a vet will thoroughly explain any notes or prescription pet medication instructions. However, every once in a while, an unexplained abbreviation might leave a pet owner stumped. Below are a few common veterinary abbreviations. Remember, if you ever have any questions at all about your pet’s condition or medications, it’s always okay to follow up with your vet and ask.

BID: Indicates a medication should be given twice daily. This abbreviation comes from the Latin words bis in die.

TID: Indicates a medication should be given three times daily.

QID: Indicates a medication should be given four times daily.

CBC: This stands for a complete blood count. The results of this test give the veterinarian a lot of information about the animal including red and white blood cell count, the amount of hemoglobin in the blood, and the number of platelets in the blood. Information gathered from a CBC can help determine if an animal is suffering from anemia, an infection, or even cancer.

O.S. and O.D.: O.S. is Latin for oculus sinister, which means left eye. O.D. is Latin for oculus dexter, or right eye.

ADR: This abbreviation simply stands for “ain’t doing right.” This may not be the most technical of veterinary terms, but it indicates that an animal has a vague set of symptoms that have not yet been diagnosed. This might mean a pet’s energy level seems a little low or they’re not eating quite as much as they used to. Typically, changes like these need to be monitored, because a more serious medical condition could be to blame.

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  • skyeyes April 8, 2014, 6:32 am

    Like learning new things about my pets-and helpful to know how to read /interpret the directions -in case one forgets when told or has a question about the directions !!

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