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Study Lists the Top 10 Human Drugs that Poison Pets

Many human medicines are poisonous to pets. For this reason, I strongly recommend against giving human drugs to cats or dogs. I have seen many...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  Oct 29th 2008


Many human medicines are poisonous to pets. For this reason, I strongly recommend against giving human drugs to cats or dogs. I have seen many pets suffer from grave illness after well-meaning people gave them human painkillers, allergy medicines or fever reducers.

A recent article on DVM Newsmagazine’s website has listed the human medicines that cause the most problems for cats and dogs.

Here is the list.

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve).
  • Antidepressants.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin).
  • Flurorouracil (an anti-cancer medication).
  • Isoniazid (an antibiotic).
  • Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed).
  • Anti-diabetics.
  • Vitamin D derivatives.
  • Baclofen (used in certain neurological conditions).
  • Remember that this list is not comprehensive.

    And, remember that many cases of poisoning occur when pets chew on bottles of human medicine or find wayward pills on the floor. All human medicines should be stored in areas that are not accessible for pets.

    For more information on the drugs listed in this post, click here.