Which human medications are safe for pets?
Vets sometimes prescribe human medications to pets for various ailments. However, did you know that most human medications are toxic to our furry friends? This is because our furkids metabolize drugs differently, so, what works for us as humans could potentially be deadly for our pets. With this being said, vets do prescribe certain human medications to the furry family. Let’s take a further look below:
Toxic ingredients in human medications
The first rule of thumb is to never administer a human medication to your pet without guidance from your veterinarian. However, if you are unable to have your furry friend visit the vet then consider requesting a telephonic consult. Additionally, this will enable you to determine whether the medications you plan to give are safe.
Never administer the following medications as they are toxic to pets:
- Brufen / Ibuprofen
- Certain antihistamine medications
- Medication aiding treatment of insomnia
- Cholesterol medications
Signs and symptoms of drug induced toxicity from administering human medication to your pet may include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Pale gums
Should any of the above symptoms display after administering human medication to your pet they need to be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Many of our pets are also inquisitive creatures and therefore accidental ingestion of medications is possible. Always store medications away from your pet’s reach and inquisitive nose!
So which medications are “pet-friendly”
Certain human medications are absorbed well in pets and may therefore be prescribed.
- Tummy runs? Imodium may be safe for your pet to use
- Sinusitis and Rhinitis may include a treatment regimen with certain paediatric nasal sprays
- Certain eye health supplements for humans are beneficial to pets
- Cortisone eye drops treat Uveitis
Veterinarian pharmaceuticals differ from human pharmaceuticals in the drug development phase. Nonetheless, human medication has certainly aided in the treatment of certain ailments for pets. Always do remember that just because we can eat chocolate, it doesn’t translate into a dessert for your pet! Additionally, following your veterinarian’s advice on which medication is right for your pet is key to an adequate treatment plan.