What are the signs of acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning in dogs and cats?
In the dog, Tylenol toxicity can present as depression, tummy pain and loss of appetite. They also vomit. Blood tests show an increase in liver enzymes which indicates that there has been damage to that organ. Severe toxicosis may cause jaundice. This is a yellowing of the tissues that’s often easiest to notice on the gums and the whites of the eyes. Too much Tylenol can be fatal to dogs.
Cats are particularly sensitive to Tylenol. Symptoms appear within a matter of hours after they’re given the drug. They become weak and depressed and have trouble breathing. There is often swelling of the face and paws and may vomit.
Tylenol poisoning also affects the blood’s ability to carry oxygen so you may see brown colored gums.
Never give your pet a human drug because they often metabolize them differently to us and this can cause serious problems. If you're concerned that your pet is in pain, chat to your vet for advice.
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