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 medications like Ibuprofen, were the leading cause of poisoning. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that potential dangers to your pet could be sitting on your nightstand or kitchen counter. Consequently pet poisonings are extremely common and can be very serious. It’s important to be aware of the risks of the medication your keep in your home, and take appropriate precautions.

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 (aids in preventing and treating 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).

So always try to be safe with your medication, and keep it out of reach of little paws! Medication should always be kept in a bathroom cabinet, preferably where the door can be shut and pets are sure not to get at them. Furthermore, contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet may have ingested your medication.

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