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Using human medicines for pets
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Using human medicines for pets

Using human medicines for pets

Recently, we have seen a worrying trend with clients medicating their own pets with human drugs. This is an extremely risky thing to do without specific veterinary advice.

Whilst dogs and cats are mammals, just like humans, their reactions and tolerances to drugs, which are considered safe in humans, is extremely variable.

For example, most of the common over the counter human pain relievers fall into the category of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). Some dogs and most cats are significantly more sensitive to these drugs than humans and inappropriate use can result in serious gastrointestinal problems, kidney and liver failure, bleeding disorders and even death. Paracetamol, while not an NSAID is highly toxic to cats and we have seen a number of fatalities from this over the years.

Please avoid using human medicines for pets without veterinary supervision.