Medicines that are poisonous for pets.

I came across this list the other day and thought I’d share. It was a brochure at my vet’s office. Since many families living with disabilities also live with a full medicine cabinet, it’s good information to have. We need to know which medications are particularly dangerous for your pets. Especially when I saw some very common items on the list. The best thing you can do is keep it where they cannot get to it. I know many clever dogs and some that will counter surf and open cabinets.

  • Pain Relievers-such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, and Tylenol
  • Antidepressants-Zoloft, Cymbalta, Effexor
  • ADD/ADHD meds-Ritalin, Vyvanse
  • Sleep aids-Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta
  • Muscle relaxants-Lioresal, Flexeril
  • Heart meds-Cartia, Cardizem

medicine poisonous for dogs

I have found that many dogs are really dumb and will eat anything. And some medications are “candy coated” make it more palatable for swallowing, which may make it more appealing for your pet.

What to do if your pet swallows your medication.

I’m not a veterinarian, nor do I play one on the internet.

  • If anything happens, just call your vet.
  • Try to determine how much your pet ate.
  • Another good item to have on hand is hydrogen peroxide. It’s often used to make dogs vomit. DO NOT do this except on the advice of your veterinarian, as some medications can have even more adverse effects if you induce vomiting. I just wanted you to know that you may want to keep it on hand as part of your pet’s first aid kit.
  • Know that if you call the animal poison control center, it is not free. It is in the $50-$75 range, but you also get a case number (so I am told) to take with you. So if your vet needs to talk to them, you don’t pay twice.

Emergency clinics can also be expensive, this is why prevention is the best medicine.

It costs you nothing to keep the medications away from your pet, but a trip to the emergency vet can be very expensive. And we love our pets and they can be therapeutic for our kids, so I’d hate to have them hurt.

This post was originally published in 2013 but is updated periodically to fix links.

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