“Keep out of the reach of children. AND pets.”
That’s the warning that drug makers should display on every drug label.
Drugs are the number one source of dog and cat poisonings, according to the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC).
The problem with dogs is that they’re not discriminating about wolfing down food and non-food items.
My dog Shula, for instance, had an appetite for paper. She would eat nearly anything made of paper. Fortunately, she turned up her nose at wrappers of chewing gum that contained xylitol. That sweetener happens to be highly toxic to dogs.
As for drugs, if a pill has an interesting taste, most dogs will eat all they can get.
Ibuprofen is the drug that causes most problems for dogs. A small amount of ibuprofen can prompt kidney failure and stomach ulcers.
Cats famously have a more refined palate. And they’re just as finicky with drugs. But cats show no restraint with Adderall.
Adderall is currently the most widely prescribed ADHD medication. And that increases the risk of cats coming into contact with the drug.
Symptoms of Adderall intoxication include agitation, disorientation, tremors, and distressed vocalizing.
So put your drugs on high shelves and behind closed doors. Even out of the reach of a Jack Russell Terrier.
“Cats attracted to ADHD drug, a feline poison” Janet Raloff, Science News, 3/11/10, sciencenews.org