Most pet owners are aware of the potential dangers that household products can pose to pets, including small objects and even certain foods. But did you know that medications, including over-the-counter treatments, can be potentially fatal if ingested by animals?
Five common medications that can have devastating effects for pets include:
- NSAID pain relievers—These medications can cause kidney failure and stomach and intestinal ulcers in animals.
- Acetaminophen—Tylenol is one of the most common pain medications in household medicine cabinets, but it can cause red blood cell damage in both cats and dogs.
- Beta-blockers—Pets that consume beta-blocker medications may experience drops in blood pressure and heart rate—both of which can be life-threatening.
- Minoxidil—The active ingredient in the hair growth product Rogaine, minoxidil, is toxic to cats and can result in fatal complications if ingested or applied to their skin.
- Antidepressants—Some antidepressant medications can put pets at risk of suffering agitation, increased vocalization, tremors, and seizures.
It’s important to keep medications properly stored and away from the reach of both children and pets. If you drop a pill, pick it up and throw it away immediately.
At Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel, our drug injury lawyers know that medications help millions of Americans manage their illnesses and health problems, but we also know that some medications can be dangerous. If you or someone you love was hurt by a prescription or over-the-counter drug, we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.