If you're anything like me, you are probably carrying around a small arsenal of items that you have already forgotten about. I cannot tell you how many times my dog has helped herself to a granola bar hiding at the bottom of the abyss that I call my purse. If this is at all a familiar scenario to you, you should be aware that many of the common over the counter medications we carry around in that bag contain very dangerous ingredients if consumed by our pets (cats or dogs). Some of the most common OTC products are eye drops and nasal sprays (ie. clear eyes, visine, congestion relief nasal sprays, and of course- prescription medications.
Whether its human or animal medications, they should be used as directed. Just because your pet has been prescribed an ocular medication, never assume that it is also safe if consumed. If your pet ever accidentally gets into your pharmacy, or even their own pharmacy, it is best to call the Pet Poison Helpline and then your veterinarian. It is very important that as responsible pet owners, we prevent access to any harmful products such as medications and supplements.
Things to keep in mind and on hand such as important phone numbers. The Pet Poison Helpline 1-800-213-6680, if your pet is microchipped with HomeAgain please call them first they have a 24 hour pet poison line too 1-888-466-3242. You should also have the number to a local emergency vet and your regular vet.
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This guest blog was provided by our veterinary nurse assistant Carrie Savino. Carrie has a passion for pets and it truly comes through in all aspects of her work here at Companion Veterinary Health Center.