I came across this list the other day and thought I’d share. It was on a list at my vet’s office. Since many families living with special needs unfortunately also live with a full medicine cabinet, it’s good 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
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.
If anything happens, just call your vet. Try to determine how much your pet ate. Another good item to have on hand it 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 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 that 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.