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Human Medicine for Dogs and Cats: Is It Safe?

November 29, 2022

Human Medicine for Dogs and Cats: Is It Safe?

Last updated May 29, 2019

There are many medications that are used for both animals and people. But just because the medication may be the same, the side effects and doses are not. Over-the-counter and prescription medications for humans can be harmful to your pet. These include medications such as:

  • NSAIDS (e.g. ibuprofen or naproxen)
  • Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)
  • Antidepressants
  • ADD/ADHD medications
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Beta-blockers for high blood pressure
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Albuterol
  • ACE Inhibitors for high blood pressure
  • Birth Control and other estrogen-based drugs

Giving your pet human medications can be dangerous and fatal, so it's important to follow these tips to help prevent any accidental ingestion or overdose:

  • Keep all medications away from pets by keeping them in a safe spot. Avoid leaving pills or pill bottles on the counter where your pet can reach them.
  • If you accidentally drop a medication, quickly pick it up so your pet will not be able to eat it.
  • Always consult your veterinarian before giving any medication to your pet.
  • If your pet has ingested any medication not prescribed for them, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Even though human drugs can be harmful for your pet, if your trusted veterinarian prescribes your pet a medication, when used correctly these drugs can be helpful and safe for your pet.

If you ever have a question about your pet's prescription, don't hesitate to give the Revival pharmacy a call at 800.786.4751. We are always happy to answer questions and provide you with information about the medication you will be giving your pet.

-Lori, Pharm. D.

Lori Sheehan, Doctor of Pharmacy, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2009 from Creighton University. She's previously worked as a retail pharmacist and owned her own long-term care pharmacy from 2013 to 2016. Lori has served as Revival's Pharmacist in Charge since 2017. Lori lives on a farm with cats, calves and her dog, Lucky.

If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.