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If you are a pet owner, your main concern is that your pets are healthy and happy. You care about the quality of the food that you give them, that their fur is shiny and well groomed, their teeth are cleaned and that they are up to date on all necessary shots. If your pet becomes ill, it can be as scary as if a family member were sick. Let’s face it, pets are family, and you want to treat them as such. This means that you need to get them proper treatment. Home remedies or human medications can be dangerous for your pets.

Human Medications are Bad for Pets

Pain Relief

If a pet is obviously experiencing pain, it is common for people to think that the medications that work for us will work for them as well. Please don’t administer human pain relief medications to your pet.

  • Ibuprofen: You most likely have a bottle or more of this over the counter drug in your medicine cabinet. Pets like to lick the coating off of these pills because they enjoy the taste. If ingested, these can cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure.
  • Tramadol: This pain reliever may be prescribed for your pet, but you must be careful about how much you give them. If your pet overdoses, it may cause disorientation, shakiness.
  • Acetaminophen: This is another commonly-used over the counter drug that can have devastating effects. If ingested in any dosage, it can cause liver damage. Be sure to keep away from cats especially, as they are extremely sensitive to this medication.  

Other Medications

Pet’s can also get into other human medications (prescription and over the counter) that are sometimes left in easy to access places within your home.

  • Alprazolam: This medication is prescribed for those who suffer from anxiety and sleep disorders, and if ingested by your pet, can cause vomiting and possibly seizures. Pets will often find them on your nightstand. A large dose can cause a decrease in blood pressure as well as fatigue.

  • Adderall: This medication is used for treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, any dosage ingested by your pet can result in hyperactivity, an increase in body temperature and heart rate and can cause seizures. 

In general, keep all prescription medications and over the counter drugs out of reach from your pet. If you ever have questions on what in-home treatments would be safe to give your pet for pain or another condition, please contact our team at Longview Animal Hospital – we will be happy to assist you!