Human Medications Poison Pets
Itâ€™s no secret that human medications poison pets, but new data from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests they sicken more animals than any other toxin. Over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and attention deficit hyperactivity medicines were the most deadly, according to the list.
In 2010, the ASPCAâ€™s Animal Poison Control Center fielded more than 167,000 phone calls about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances. In almost 25 percent of those calls, the ASPCA staff helped diagnose the animals with accidentally ingesting human medications. Pets often accidentally ingest the medications when the pills are dropped on the floor.
The list also mentioned that about 20 percent of the cases are related to insecticides, which are often used on the pets to control fleas. Since the most serious poisonings occur when insecticides not meant for cats are used on them, the ASPCA recommends pet owners always check the label for specific use instructions.
For a complete list of the top 10 pet toxins of 2010, visit www.aspca.org/apcc. If your pet has ingested a toxic substance, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCAâ€™s 24-hour APCC hotline at 1-888-426-4435.