According to Animal Poison Control, pets ingesting prescription human medication has triggered an increase in pet poisoning. Human heart medication is the most common med contributing to this rise in accidental pet poisoning. Other human meds ingested by pets include antidepressants, ADHD medication, and human NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen and Aspirin.

Fortunately, this potentially deadly scenario can be easily prevented. The most common place that pet’s find human medication is on the floor after it has been dropped. Be mindful with all medication, and store it in secured cabinets. Cats knock stuff off of shelves. Dogs can chew through plastic. Never use any kind of human medication on your pet without specific instructions from your veterinarian on how to do so safely.

Call for more information on pet poisoning from people’s meds. 208-726-7777. Maggie Acker, DVM