Common Medicines That Are Toxic to Pets

October 27, 2017 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Most of us take medication to treat some condition or another. Just because they’re safe for us, provided we follow the instructions, does not mean they are safe for our pets. Many common medications are toxic to animals, and exposure to them can lead to health problems or even death. Below is a list of common medications that are toxic to pets.

•Allergy medications with decongestants: Antihistamines in and of themselves are fine for pets. It’s still wise to consult a vet before giving them, though. However, a lot of antihistamines also double as decongestants. Decongestants in pets can cause rapid heart rates, muscle tremors, and even seizures.

•Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Including painkillers such as Morphine, Advil, and Ibuprofen, NSAIDs can be toxic to pets in high doses. Some veterinarians may prescribe them, but at carefully adjusted doses for pets. Never give them a whole pill. These medicines can cause kidney damage very quickly, especially in cats.

•Acetaminophen: Found in medicines such as Tylenol and sinus and cold medication, this ingredient is not safe. High enough doses of it can lead to liver and red blood cell damage.

•Antidepressants. In animals, these medications can cause serotonin syndrome very quickly and can lead to seizures.

•Diabetes medications: Human-grade diabetes medication can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar levels in pets. Stick to specific, animal-grade diabetes medication.

There are other medications besides these that are toxic to pets. These are just some of the more common household ones. In general, when handling medication, make sure to take proper safety precautions. Keep them stored out of reach of the animal and never leave dropped pills on the floor.

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