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Pet Safety

Aka: Pet Safety
  1. See Also
    1. Dog Bite
    2. Pet-Borne Infection
  2. Prevention: Pets Exposed to Human Medications
    1. Keep medications away from pets (dogs, cats)
    2. Avoid using human medications for pets
      1. Some medications will fail to work (e.g. Prednisone cannot be converted to the active Prednisolone in dogs)
      2. Some medications may be toxic to certain breeds (e.g. Loperamide in dogs)
      3. Human medication concentrations may vary considerably from those for pets (e.g. Insulin)
      4. Dosing may be considerably different in pets (e.g. Levothyroxine, Amlodipine)
      5. Simple Analgesics may be lethal in pets (e.g. Acetaminophen, some NSAIDs)
      6. Some medication components, inactive in humans, may be lethal in pets (e.g. Xylitol)
    3. Animal Poison Control (ASPCA)
      1. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control
      2. Phone: 888-426-4435
      3. Consultation may be require payment
    4. References
      1. (2021) Presc Lett 28(11): 66
  3. Prevention: Other
    1. Avoid pet Iguana ownership if infants at home
      1. Associated with Salmonella infection
      2. Affects infants under age 1 year
      3. Mermin (1997) Pediatrics 99:399-402 [PubMed]

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