Over the Counter Pet Products
As a pet owner you need to be very careful when purchasing
Over the Counter products for your pet. The main thing to remember is
that, before buying anything, you must first
Read the Label! Certain products are only meant to be used for specific purposes and for specific
types of animals. A prime example is certain over the counter flea
products. A common active ingredient in many dog flea preventatives is
Permethrin. And although it may be safe for
dogs it can be FATAL to cats. Even if
the product is
applied to a dog, it can potentially transfer to the cat by contact and/or
grooming. Signs and symptoms can be seen within 2 hours. If you suspect your cat
has been in contact with a permethrin, bathe him/her in a grease stripping
shampoo and call your veterinarian immediately.
Even though a diet aid may be labeled as "All Natural" it does not mean that it is good for you or your pet. Many diet aids contain natural sources of ephedra and caffeine. Signs of toxicity in pets may consist of hyperactivity, hyperthermia, agitation, vomiting, cardiac or respiratory distress and death; and may occur as quickly as 15-30 minutes after ingestion.
Most birth control pills contain estrogen and iron. Estrogen can cause bone marrow suppression. The severity of the effects depends upon 3 factors: The type of medication, the amount ingested, and the size of the animal. Signs of Iron toxicity include intestinal distress, weakness, collapse, and then eventually liver damage. Any time a pet ingests birth control (even one pill) it is a good idea to contact your veterinarian.
Other Human Medication