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« on: February 16, 2017, 02:41:24 AM »
Human medicine can harm your pet

Olufemi Oboye

Some of the medicines we consume may not be safe for animals because pets metabolise drugs very differently from people.

I remember a few years ago, when a friend’s monkey broke his waist leash and ran into a nearby market. It scattered a few wares and jumped on some stalls before running up a tree. This caused some steer in the market.

Every effort to bring the monkey down proved abortive until its owner laced a banana with a small fragment of a sleeping pill, and threw the banana at the monkey. The monkey caught it and ate it all.

About 30 minutes later, it began to gradually lose balance and eventually fell to the ground. He picked it up, and took it home. The monkey did not wake up until three days after. It is quite amazing. Just a fragment of a pill that may not even make you sleep, made a monkey sleep for three days.

Our pets may be family, but they are not human when it comes to taking medicine. In fact, a few human drugs can act as poisons in pets and may even cause death after a single dose.

A few examples from an exhaustive list of human medications that may be harmful to your pet include:



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Acetaminophen (e.g paracetamol) – When it comes to pain medications, acetaminophen is certainly popular. Although this drug is very safe, even for children, this is not true for pets—especially cats. Just one tablet of acetaminophen may cause damage to a cat’s red blood cells, limiting their ability to carry oxygen. In dogs, acetaminophen leads to liver failure, kidney failure, development of serious stomach and intestinal ulcers, and, in large doses, red blood cell damage.

Antidepressants (e.g. Prozac, Lexapro) – Over the past two decades, the use of antidepressant drugs in humans have sky-rocketed. This is because depression is common, and economic struggles have added to our stress and anxiety. Overdoses of these drugs in pets can lead to serious neurological problems such as sedation, incoordination, tremors and seizures.


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Furthermore, pets, especially cats, seem to enjoy the taste of Effexor and often eat the entire pill. This reminds me of a true story of a man who found his cat lying lifeless one morning. He picked it up and took it to the vet. After a few hours and medications, the cat was revived and he took it back home. The next morning, he found the cat in the same condition, and represented it to the vet.

This went on every day for over a week. One day, on asking the owner of the cat a few questions, the vet discovered that the man had insomnia and always consumed a liquid mixture to aid him in sleeping. Every night, he poured his mixture into a cup and took a few tea spoons and slept off.

Unknown to him, the cat found this mixture palatable and always crept to his bed side to lick off all that was left in the cup. The sleeping mixture was working for both of them. Funny story, but this really happened.

Below are a few tips to help prevent your pet from ‘getting into’ prescription medication:

Firstly, all medications should be stored in a cabinet out of the reach of your pets. Never store your medications near your pet’s medications, so as to prevent mistakes during identification.

Secondly, “Hang your purse up”. Inquisitive pets will explore the contents of your bag and simply placing your purse up and out of reach can help to avoid exposure to any potentially dangerous medication(s).

Ultimately, your pet relies on you to make the right decisions about drug treatments and to prevent medication errors. Human medications are NOT always safe for pets. So, please always consult with your vet before dosing any human formulation to pets.



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Have a splendid weekend.

Ask the vet

Hello doctor, please my Dad and I read your article on “Dangers associated with fumigation” and the piece is quite enlightening and helpful. Doctor, can fumigation help to control rats?

-Ibironke Isolo, Lagos

Fumigation cannot control rats effectively. All fumigation can do is to disperse the rats. Also, the fumigant may cause some respiratory distress resulting in suffocation.

One of the most effective ways to get rid of rats is by blocking all entry routes and afterwards, baiting them.

However, please exercise caution and do not use toxic chemicals in rat control. Keep babies, toddlers, and pets away when applying rat poisons and be careful to avoid food and water sources.

Beyond eliminating rats, it is also important that you ensure your house is not conducive for rats. This can be achieved by clearing the environment and getting rid of wood piles, tires, bowls, buckets, and other objects that they can hide in.

I read your article on how bats spread rabies. There are bats in my ceiling going out and coming in through the space under my roof.  Whatis the best way to eliminate them?

–Modupeore

First of all, you need to perform a full inspection of your building to see their entry points. Afterwards, fumigate to disperse the bats and then seal up these entry routes to keep them out permanently. Bats are nocturnal. They sleep during the daytime, and are active at once it gets dark. So the best time to seal entry points may be at night.



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