Human Medications are Dangerous for Dogs
It’s natural for dogs to get into things they shouldn’t, they’re curious animals after all. One of the most dangerous things that can happen to your pooch, however, is if they get into human medications. Sometimes these are left on nightstands or the kitchen counter where access may be (too) easy for your furry friend.
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, nearly 50% of calls they receive involve human medications, both over the counter and prescription. Pet poisoning due to these accidents are common and can be very serious.
If your dog ingests people pills, it can be very scary. You’ll likely need to take him to the vet right away, especially if you suspect what they’ve swallowed is potentially poisonous. Bring the bottle or container the medication came in with you to your appointment; your vet will want to know how many pills, what dosage, and so on were ingested by your dog so they can properly treat your poor BFF.
Symptoms of Drug Poisoning
Signs your dog has ingested medication and symptoms of overdose in dogs can be difficult to diagnose. Different symptoms may be present depending on the medication and the amount. These are some of the most common signs of drug poisoning in dogs.
- Frequent urination
- Lack of coordination
- Irregular heartbeat
- Abdominal pain
- Bloody urine
- Loss of appetite
You should take your dog to a veterinarian immediately if they’re exhibiting these symptoms and if you think poisoning is a possibility.
What medications are the most dangerous?
Topical antibiotic ointment is generally okay to use on your dog if they have a scrape or wound. However, many over the counter and prescription medications used for people are extremely toxic to dogs.
Here’s a list of the most dangerous medications for dogs to get their paws on—it’s good knowledge to have. Always keep these things out of their reach to save yourself the agony of dealing with a very sick pup.
- NSAIDs, (Advil, Aleve, Motrin)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- ADD/ADHD medications
- Benzodiazepines and sleep aids
Consider doggy-proofing your home by keeping medications out of reach, to avoid this frightening and dangerous occurrence.