Your meds can hurt your pet
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.