Medicines and drugs should never be left lying around the house, especially if you have a pet dog or cat. Keep your medicines in a safe place and keep them away from your pets reach.
Here are five common types of medicines that should be kept away from your pet dog:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
Painkillers like naproxen and ibuprofen may work well for you but it’s an absolute no-no for your dog. Vets sometimes prescribe these medications to cats and dogs but the dose is limited and depends on the condition. Make sure such painkillers are not lying around the house where your dog has easy access. Painkillers metabolize slowly and increase the toxic levels in a dog’s body.
It’s true that animals undergo depression but that does not mean they need medication for their condition. If your dog swallow’s anti-depressants, it can show symptoms of vomiting and listlessness. If you find any evidence that your dog has swallowed such medication, seek medical help immediately.
- Vitamin D derivatives
Vitamin D derivatives are used to treat a wide range of medical problems in humans but in dogs it can cause a rise in blood calcium levels which can prove fatal. Symptoms of toxicity include vomiting, increased urination and loss of appetite. They might also show signs of dizziness and seizures which can become serious if left untreated.
- Diabetes medications
Medicines used for diabetes are common and can be found in almost any pharmacy. If you have these medicines in your house, make sure you keep them away from your pets reach. Swallowing diabetes medications causes blood sugar levels to drop to dangerously low levels in dogs, causing disorientation and seizures.
Pseudoephedrine is commonly used to treat cold and migraines in humans so it is not unusual that you won’t have a couple of them at your home. But far from treating colds in dogs, it causes the blood pressure to rise along with heart rate and temperature. Hyperactivity and nervousness are also common signs associated with this medicine.
Everyone has medicines at their home and some of them are common drugs which are used to treat a range of health problems. Anti-depressants and anti-inflammatory drugs are so common that they might be casually left around the house. But you should keep them in a safe place because the medicines that are common for may be life-threatening for your pet dog. Some medicines cause serious damage to a pet’s health. If you find your pet showing any abnormal signs or symptoms, take it to a vet immediately and seek out medical help.