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    Common Pet Toxins with Dr Wood (Human Medication)

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    Common Pets Toxins : Human Medication
    Poisonous to: Cats, Dog & Small Mammals
    Level of Toxicity: Mild to Severe

    Below is a list of the top human medications most frequently ingested by pets along with their toxic effects:

    - NSAIDs (e.g. Advil, Aleve and Motrin): Serious stomach and intestinal ulcers as well as kidney failure.

    - Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol): In dogs, acetaminophen leads to liver failure and, in large doses, red blood cell damage

    - Antidepressants (e.g. Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac, Lexapro): Pets enjoy the taste of this medication unfortunately, just one pill can cause serious poisoning.

    - ADD/ADHD medications (e.g. Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin): These medications by pets can cause life-threatening tremors, seizures, elevated body temperatures and heart problems.

    - Benzodiazepines and sleep aids (e.g. Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta): These drugs may cause severe lethargy, incoordination (including walking “drunk”), and slowed breathing in pets. In cats, some forms of benzodiazepines can cause liver failure when ingested.

    - Beta-blockers (e.g. Tenormin, Toprol, Coreg): Overdoses can cause life-threatening decreases in blood pressure and a very slow heart rate.
    The video below is Part 4 of a 4 part series addressing common pet toxins and poisons found in the home. Video by Dr. Robert Wood of Riverview Animal Clinic.

     

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