Is it OK to give my pet human medications? Are there some that are safe?

Asked by Erin

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Hi Erin, there are many drugs that can be used in people and pets but it’s definitely not OK to give human medications to pets. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, and most importantly, the drug may have serious adverse effects in pets that don’t occur in people. For example, acetaminophen which helps with our headaches is often fatal to cats. Secondly, the dose rate may be different for animals so where we may take one tablet, dogs and cats may need either more or less. Lastly, the drug may just not work in animals as it does in people. Their metabolism may be different for that drug and that makes it ineffective.

Another thing to remember is not to give your pet any medications that were prescribed for another animal. Sometimes two animals may have similar symptoms but they have completely different medical conditions and the wrong drug could make things worse.

In a nutshell, it’s not a good idea to give your pet any medication that hasn’t been prescribed by their own veterinarian.
| 04.15.16 @ 00:17
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