Linda Ryder, D.V.M.

There are 10 most common human medications that are poisonous to pets:

a. Ibuprofen - Advil/Motrin - most common medication ingested by pets. These have a sweet outer coating that makes it appealing to pets. Ibuprofen can cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure.

b. Tramadol - Ultram - is a pain reliever. Your vet may prescribe it for your pet but only at a dose that's appropriate for your pet. Too much tramadol can cause sedation or agitation, wobbliness, disorientation, vomiting, tremors, and possibly seizures.

c. Alprazolam - Xanax - is an anti-anxiety medication and sleep-aid. Pets who ingest this medication may become sleepy and wobbly; however a few will become agitated instead. Often people leave them on their nightstand so they remember to take them. Large doses can lowere the blood pressure and could cause weakness or collapse.

d. Adderall - a combination of 4 different amphetamines and used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. It acts as a stimulant in out pets and causes elevated heart rate and body temperature, along with hyperactivity, tremors, and seizures.

e. Zolpidem - Ambien - is a sleep-aid for people. Pets often eat pills left on the nightstand. This medication may make cats wobbly and sleepy, but most pets become agitated and develop elevated heart rates.

f. Clonazepam - Klonopin - used as an anti-convulsant and anti-anxiety medication and sometimes prescribed as a sleep-aid. When animals ingest clonazepam, they can become sleepy and wobbly but too much may cause low blood pressure, leading to weakness and collapse.

g. Acetaminophen _ Tylenol - is a very common pain killer. Cats are extremely sensitive to this medication but dogs can be affected also. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage. It may also cause damage to cat's red blood cells so that the cells are unable to carry oxygen.

h. Naproxen - Aleve, Naprosyn - over the counter pain reliever. Dogs and cats are very sensitive to naproxen and even small amounts can cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure.

i. Duloxetine - Cymbalta - prescribed as an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety agent. When ingested by pets it can cause agitation, vocalization, tremors, and seizures.

j. Venlafaxine - Effexor - is an anti-depressant for people. Cats love to eat the capsules. Ingestion may cause agitation, vocalization, tremors, and seizures.

Always keep human medications away from pets unless you are specifically instructed by a vet to give the medication.

*Information in this article was obtained from the American Veterinary Medical Association


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