Human medications are among the most common household pet poisons. Whether discovered or purposely administered by pet owners, medications can be potentially dangerous for our cats and dogs. And although everyone is familiar with the “Keep out of reach of children” warning, this may underestimate our pets. Pets, unlike children, have the advantage of reaching places our children can’t. Accidental poisonings of different types of human medications at home are also common whether they be prescription medications or those over-the-counter. These medications should not be given to our pets unless otherwise directly advised by your Tulsa veterinarian. Check out the list of top medications that are poisonous to your pet cats and dogs.
- NSAIDs or non- steroidal anti-inflammatories. Common use to treat pain, NSAIDs could lead to possible serious stomach or kidney failure once ingested improperly by your pet.
- Acetaminophen. Just because most pet owners think it’s over-the-counter doesn’t mean it is safe for pet. Ingestion of this over-the-counter medicine can cause pet poison. Liver failure, or red blood cell damage in large doses are some of the damage this medication could bring on your pets.
- Antidepressants. These are often prescribed to pets. However, be sure to seek advice from your veterinarian when using this medication on your pets. If given improperly, it might cause your dog to agitate.
- ADHD Medication. A small ingestion of these drug can be extremely fatal to canines. The results could be tremors, seizures, heart problems and elevated body temperature.
- Benzodiazepines and Sleep Aids. These drugs are commonly left on the bedside table to reduce anxiety or improve sleep. However, your pet might become curious and often get them first before you used it. Instead of becoming sedated, dogs would become agitated once these drugs are ingested.
It is important to always keep medications safely out of reach not just for children for pets as well. Never administer a medication to your pet without the advice from your veterinarian. Make sure that loose pills are kept safely in proper bottles and not just in a plastic Ziploc® bag for these bags are too easy for your pets to chew into. The same is also advised when placing your medication in a weekly pill container. Be sure to store them in a cabinet out of reach for your pets. They might consider the pill containers as plastic chew toys. If you are storing medications in your bags or purse, hang them up. Your pet might explore the contents of your bag and it would become dangerous once they discover those drugs in your purse. To avoid this from happening, simply place your bags in areas out of reach and smell to your pets.
There are certain human medications that aren’t safe for animals. In fact, did you know that nearly 50% of all pet poisonings involve human drugs? If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, act quickly and seek veterinary care as soon as possible or call your local poison control immediately.