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Your meds can hurt your pet

Kimberly Stevens, DVM
Dr. Kimberly Stevens discusses the effects of human medications on pets in her "Ask the Vet" column in the July 16 Galva News.

Q: I have heard that some human medications can be harmful to my pet. Is this correct?

A: Most human medications are harmful if our four-legged friends ingest them. I will go over the most common but be aware that this is not a complete list.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) – These are common painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen. These can cause stomach ulcers and kidney disease.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – A common painkiller and fever reducer. Tylenol can cause damage to your pet’s red blood cells and liver.

Antidepressants – These can be used in pets but at the correct dosages. If you give your medication to your pet you could cause a serious overdosage.

Sleep aids and anti-anxiety medications – Most animals become more agitated rather than sedate with these medications. They may also become extremely incoordinated.

BETA Blockers – These drugs are used to treat high blood pressure in people but can cause a severe decrease in blood pressure and very slow heart rates in pets.

If your pet ingests anything that they are not supposed to, please call your veterinarian immediately.