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Pets & Adverse Drug Reactions

The FDA has updated its list of adverse drug reactions for pets . Adverse reactions can range from mild and transitory to extremely serious or even potentially fatal. Knowing what might happen when your pet is on a certain medication can help you stay alert to possible problems.

You may search for a specific drug simply by clicking the letter of the active ingredient’s name. If you don’t know that, hit Google using the trade name. (Example: You’ve been told to give your pet dragon Tylenol, but you don’t know the active ingredient. Google “Tylenol active ingredient” and you’ll quickly find out the answer is acetaminophen.)

The list can also be downloaded from the FDA’s Web site.

While ingredients are listed alphabetically, adverse effects are listed in order of highest number of occurrences to lowest.

As you’re now thinking about adverse effects, this is a good time to make sure you’ve got this posted near all phones, in your wallet, in your car, and on the refrigerator:

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline 888-426-4435 888-426-4435

There is a fee, but I can say from experience the lightning fast information and help sorting out a potentially dangerous situation is worth every penny.

Have a peek in your medicine cabinet or counters for any of these Top 10 Human Medications that poison pets. Be especially careful to store these out of reach, and supervise children, elderly or anyone who may be forgetful or careless about their medications.

Top 10 human medications that poison pets

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin, Aleve, Nuprin, and many more)
  • Antidepressants (too many to list)
  • Acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol)
  • Methylphenidate (brand name: Ritalin)
  • Fluorouracil (brand name: Carac, Efudex, Fluoroplex)
  • Isoniazid (brand name: Nydrazid, Niazid)
  • Pseudoephedrine (brand name: Sudafed; can be in a number of cold formulas)
  • Anti-diabetics
  • Vitamin D derivatives
  • Baclofen (brand name: Kemstro, Lioresal)

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“Pets & Adverse Drug Reactions” by Suzanne Clothier