Pet Owners Warned Not to Give Pets Human Medications

A good reminder for all pet owners.  Article from the site:  www.digtriad.com, author Devetta Blount.

http://www.digtriad.com/news/health/article.aspx?storyid=163548&catid=8

National– A Veterinarian is warning pet owners after seeing a rise in accidental poisoning. Pet owners are increasingly giving medications meant for humans to pets which can be dangerous.

Dr. Carolynn MacAllister, an Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension veterinarian said that giving human medications should only occur with the recommendation and supervision of a veterinarian.

Dr. MacAllister said accidental pet poisoning is a common problem when pet owners intentionally give medication in an attempt to make their pet feel better. Pet poisoning also happens when an animal has access to medications that are in their surroundings.

She said pet owners should ‘pet proof’ their homes to prevent their animal from getting into medications. McAllister also warned that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers, as well as serious kidney problems, in dogs, cats, birds and other pets. Acetaminophen is another popular medication that is safe in humans but could cause serious harm to pets.

The long list of drugs that can harm your pet includes: antidepressants, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder medicines, sleep aids, birth control pills, ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, thyroid hormones and cholesterol-lowering agents.

If your pet does consume any human medications, call your veterinarian immediately. Click here to read more on this issue.

To find FDA recommended questions to ask about meds prescribed to your pet, click here.

WFMY News 2/Health Day News

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