Medicine Cabinet Menace

By Susan Aiello • Published: August 1st, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves

Whether it’s aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, we all have our drug of choice for pain relief. These common human medications go by many different brand names — and they can all spell trouble for our pets.

Just one acetaminophen tablet can prevent your cat’s blood from carrying oxygen effectively. Anti-inflammatory meds such as ibuprofen can cause intestinal ulcers and kidney disease in dogs, cats and birds.

In fact, almost any human medicine, from heart pills to herbal supplements, can be dangerous for animals. So never give any drug to your pet unless directed by a veterinarian.

Be sure to pet-proof your home, and remember that childproof caps won’t deter a persistent chewer. If your pet does get that stray pill, contact your veterinarian or poison control center immediately. Taking quick action may save your pet’s life.