Human Medications: Are They Harmful or Helpful to Your Pet?

Harmful Human Medications for PetsIf your dog or cat surfs the countertops, tables, and every square inch of the floor in your home looking for things to put in her mouth, welcome to the world of pet ownership!

Pets are curious by nature and yours, like most, probably assumes any item that goes in your mouth is something she would enjoy as well.

That’s why as a pet parent you must be vigilant about keeping dangerous substances safely out of reach of your inquisitive dog or cat.

Your dog is much more likely to sniff out and eat something he shouldn’t, but on the other hand cats are much more susceptible to the ill effects of drugs meant for their owners.

A few important things to know about pets and human medications:

  • Pain medications are especially dangerous for kitties, not just because cats are much smaller than many dogs and of course humans, but also because of their biology.
  • Small dogs are more at risk than larger breeds.
  • The ingredients in one particular painkiller, Naproxen (Aleve), are especially toxic for dogs.
  • Cough, cold and sinus medications, and drugs for weight loss can have a dramatic effect on your dog’s heart rate.

Some human vitamins can be toxic for pets, in particular those that are fat soluble like vitamins A, D and E.

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