The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Medications

If you pup or kitty is feeling sick, it may seem harmless to give them a children's tylenol to make them feel better. But human meds are just that: medicine for humans. As much as your pet is a part of your family, human medication can be harmful or even deadly to a dog or cat.

What's the harm?

Pain meds, such as ibuprofen or tylenol can cause permanent damage to a dog, and even one pill can be potentially deadly to a cat. Other painkillers can cause intestinal distress, liver damage, renal failure, and coma.

Although small doses of benadryl are sometimes administered to animals for allergies, only your veterinarian can prescribe the correct amount for your pet.

Even if they have been given an antihistamine in the past, a new circumstance could call for a different dosage all together. There can be unexpected consequences such as central nervous system disease, hyperthermia, or even seizures.

If your pet is in pain, only a veterinarian should determine the correct medication and dosage. Never medicate your pet without first consulting your veterinarian.

If it’s for the same ear infection they had two years ago, it's still crucial to talk to your vet first! A new or different medication may be appropriate, and the old stuff could harm them even further.

No matter what: talk to a vet!

Don’t take the risk of making your pet suffer more or become even sicker: contact your vet for healthy and speedy recovery, every time.

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