DAN­GERS of hu­man medicines for our pets

Island Life - - Paw Corner -

Never give hu­man med­i­ca­tions to your cats and dogs be­fore con­sult­ing a vet. Many hu­man med­i­ca­tions are harm­ful to dogs and cats and those med­i­ca­tions that can be used need to be given at very dif­fer­ent dosages than you would give to a hu­man. Dogs and cats are not just small peo­ple and while you may be tempted to try and pro­vide some re­lief for your pet by us­ing your own medicines or over-the counter painkillers, the re­al­ity is you may be killing your pet. Parac­eta­mol is par­tic­u­larly toxic to dogs and cats (trade names in­clude Panadol and Pana­max). Cats are the most sus­cep­ti­ble - less than 1/8 of a tablet can be fa­tal. The signs of tox­i­c­ity in cats can ap­pear in 1-4 hours af­ter in­ges­tion. Parac­eta­mol causes dif­fi­culty breath­ing, brown or blue gums, weak­ness and swelling of the face and paws. Some cats will vomit and have very yel­low gums show­ing liver dam­age. In dogs the signs of parac­eta­mol tox­i­c­ity may not be as ap­par­ent as it can ac­cu­mu­late in your dog’s sys­tem and in time can lead to kid­ney and liver dam­age, stom­ach ul­cers and anaemia. A mild case of parac­eta­mol poi­son­ing can give your dog an up­set stom­ach, and they may ap­pear tired. More se­ri­ous cases can in­clude signs of stag­ger­ing, vom­it­ing and rest­less­ness. There can be blood in the stool and the urine will seem un­usu­ally dark coloured. Another com­mon over the counter pain killer that is toxic to cats and dogs is Ibupro­fen (trade names in­clude Advil and Nuro­fen). In hu­mans, Ibupro­fen works to block the chem­i­cals in the body that cause pain, fever and in­flam­ma­tion. Giv­ing just one tablet of Ibupro­fen to pets can cause gas­tric ul­cer­a­tion. This will be seen as very dark, black tarry fae­ces or vom­it­ing con­tain­ing blood. Higher doses can cause se­vere kid­ney dam­age and of­ten lead to re­nal fail­ure.

It is also very im­por­tant to be aware that us­ing any hu­man med­i­ca­tions prior to vis­it­ing your vet can cre­ate dif­fi­cul­ties in treat­ment for your pet. For ex­am­ple, if surgery is nec­es­sary we will be un­able to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate pain re­lief if there are po­ten­tially toxic hu­man drugs in your pet’s sys­tem. If your an­i­mal does ap­pear in pain or does have an ob­vi­ous in­jury and it is late at night or on the week­end please think twice about reach­ing for hu­man medi- cations. Some med­i­ca­tions can be used but the dose is much smaller. If nec­es­sary call the af­ter hours num­ber at the vet clinic for ad­vice on what and how much you can give. We would pre­fer that you woke us up to ask ad­vice rather than self-med­i­cate your pet. It is al­ways best, how­ever, to find out the source of the pain and treat ap­pro­pri­ately as more of­ten than not an­tibi­otics may be needed or anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries that are de­signed, tested and ap­proved for use in an­i­mals. In­ges­tion of hu­man medicines is one of the ma­jor causes of poi­son­ings in dogs and cats ac­count­ing for up to 25% of all poi­son­ings. For added pro­tec­tion, you should keep all medicines in sealed con­tain­ers. Never leave them ly­ing around where pets can get at them. Like kids they will eat what­ever they find. Keep medicines away from your furry friends!

From the Vet Clinic in con­juc­ton with Sam's An­i­mal Wel­fare. If you have any ques­tions or would like to vol­un­teer to help Sam's, please call the Vet Clinic on 25702.

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