Human Medicine is the #1 Source of Pet Poisoning

September 4, 2013 in LifeCare Health Services

The number one source of pet poisioning for the past 5 year running: prescription medications for humans. Most people know to keep meds out of reach when there are children in the home, but dogs and cats are at risk too.

In 2012, the ASPCA Poison Control Center handled more than 180,000 toxic substance cases. The top three medications that are sickening pets are human-prescription heart meds, antidepressants, and pain meds. Non-prescription meds and veterinary meds consumed without the owner’s intent to give were also major contributors to the number of cases. The big message here is to be aware that both cats and dogs may suddenly decide to eat any meds they have access to. Keep your meds in places that are inaccessible to your pets.

For more information, check out the current press release from the ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/top-10-pet-poisons-of-the-year. aspx

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