Human medication could be hazardous to pet health

Posted on March 17, 2010 under Pet Health & Safety

If consumed, human pills can be deadly to animalsAlthough some individuals may take prescription drugs to help them in their daily lives, pet owners should keep their medications away from their animals, as some pills can be extremely dangerous.

Cats have a tendency to be attracted to Adderall, which is a common drug that is used to treat ADHD, according to Science News. This attraction can be fatal to cats, and it is recommended that animal owners keep the drug from their felines’ reach.

Additionally, dogs who consume Ibuprofen have a chance of fatality as the human drugs could lead to kidney failures or ulcers. Some scientists claim that by the time the side effects occur, the canine may already be in poor dog health.

"Unlike Adderall, where cats will develop symptoms within hours, ibuprofen’s damage can take two to three days before it becomes clinically apparent," Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, a board certified veterinary toxicologist, told the news provider. "So if we wait for symptoms, some pretty bad stuff may already have occurred."

According to, pet owners who see their animals ingesting human medication should attempt to induce vomiting.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19675360-ADNFCR