Top 10 Human Drugs that Poison Pets

Last year the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) handled almost 90,000 cases of pets exposed to their owners medications. Pain relievers, such as over-the-counter ibuprofen, were the leading cause of poisoning. Potential dangers to your pet could be sitting on your nightstand or kitchen counter. The following is a list of the top ten human drugs that are poisonous to pets.

-NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drugs)

-Antidepressants

-Acetaminophen

-Methylphenidate (for ADHD)

-Fluorouracil (used in the treatment of cancer)

-Isoniazid (used in the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis)

-Psuedoephedrine (used as a decongestant)

-Anti-diabetics

-Vitamin D derivatives (aids in the treatment of osteoporosis)

-Baclofen (used for the treatment of spastic movement)

Any medication should be kept in a bathroom cabinet preferably where the door can be shut and pets are sure not to get at them. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet may have ingested medication that has not been prescribed to your pet.

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