As a pet owner, you know mischief is inevitable from time to time. We all can expect to see the occasional shoe that turns into their favorite chew toy or that one leg of the kitchen table claimed as the new scratching post when we bring a new little one to their forever home. Unfortunately, this same type of mischief can sometimes pose a potential health risk to your beloved pets.
There are many human medications, both over- the- counter and prescriptions, that can be dangerous to your pet. Some of these medications are commonly found in many households that can be hidden dangers to your pet. So what can you do to make sure your pet is protected?
Antidepressants must only be given under the strict supervision of your vet and can only be prescribed by a professional. These medications can cause significant health issues when given incorrectly. These antidepressants can include issues like:
- Dangerously Elevated Heart Rate
- Increase in Blood Pressure
- Rise in Body Temperature
These medications can include Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac and Lexapro, just to name a few. Felines have been known to enjoy the way Effexor tastes and will consume an entire pill if given the chance. But just one Effexor can poison your cat.
Sleep Aides and Benzodiazepines
Many of us use over-the-counter or prescription sleep aides from time to time. Sometimes, benzodiazepines are given to humans to treat anxiety and other conditions. But these medications are also dangerous to your furry friends.
If your dog gets into your sleeping aids, like Ambien or Lunesta, these meds may work the opposite and he or she can become agitated instead of sedated. Our feline friends may experience liver failure if some forms of benzodiazepines are ingested like Xanax and Klonopin.
NSAIDs are perhaps the most commonly household find. These are known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. We know them as Advil, Aleve, and Motrin, just to name a few.
But these medications don't work that way for our furry friends. If they get a hold of just one or two, it could cause them some serious problems. This applies to a variety of pets from dogs and cats to birds, ferrets and more. When ingested, our fur babies can experience intestinal ulcers and serious stomach issues.
The most popular medication in this category is Tylenol. While this works great for our minor back pain, arthritis, and other ailments, acetaminophen should never be given to pets -- especially cats. Our cuddly felines can experience damage to their red blood cells, which will limit how well they can carry oxygen. Larger doses can lead to canine liver failure.
Medications like Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta contain a potent combination of stimulants including, methylphenidate and amphetamines. Just a small amount can be life-threatening to your pets. They can experience symptoms including:
- Elevated Temperatures
- Heart Issues
The packaging of your birth control is something that dogs just can't resist. If they do get into them, this can cause significant issues for your pet. Small doses generally don't cause problems, but this isn't the case when dealing with larger mishaps. Unspayed females can be susceptible to estrogen poisoning. Bone marrow suppression can happen as well, particularly in birds.
Partner With A Professional
If you are thinking of giving your pet people medication, it's always best to talk with your vet. You simply can't go wrong with professional partners when it comes to your pet's care. In the case of an emergency, you should contact a professional or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680