Human Medication that is Toxic to Dogs
It is common to think, “this medication makes me feel better, I bet it will help my dog.” Sometimes this is true. It gets confusing because some human medication is ok for dogs and some is not. Here is a list of medications and how it affects your dog. This list is not comprehensive and you should always ask your vet if it is ok for your dog to have a medication and what the dosage should be. Human medication that is ok for dogs is not ok in the same dosage that humans take.
Adderall is a common medication to treat ADD. It has amphetamines that stimulate the cardiovascular and nervous system. This medication is extremely dangerous to dogs. It can cause seizures, tremors, fever, abnormal heart rate and abnormal heart rhythm. It can kill your dog.
Baby Aspirin is a medication that can be safe for dogs but the dosage is very important. This medication is often used as a pain reliever. Giving your dog too much can result in an overdose which can cause liver failure.
Ibuprofen and Naproxen are also known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Dogs do not process NSAIDs in the same way that humans do and ingesting them can cause serious medical issues such as ulcers and kidney failure.
Kaopectate and Pepto Bismol are used to treat stomach upset and diarrhea. These medications contain salicylates which are like aspirin. Large dosages of these liquids can cause medical problems similar to that of aspirin poisoning, including ulcers, seizures, and liver damage. If your dog is vomiting for more than a day or has diarrhea for more than a day, you should call your vet to see if he needs to be examined.
Pseudoephedrine (nasal decongestants) is extremely harmful and can be deadly. This drug is typically found in any product that is listed as an antihistamine. Sometimes vets will prescribe antihistamines for your dog, but these are ones that are specifically designed for dogs to use.
Topical Creams/Ointments can be ok or can be life-threatening depending on their ingredients. Here are ingredients often found in oinments that are extremely dangerous to dogs: baclofen, flurbiprofen, diclofenac, ketamine, lidocaine, dibucaine, 5-fluorouracil, calcipotriene as well as others. Some of these ingredients are so toxic to dogs that ingesting a small amount, like licking your hand affer you applied it to your skin, can cause severe health issues.
Do not mess around when it comes to your dog eating medication. Keep your medication out of reach of your dog. If you think they have eaten any medication you need to call your vet immediately.