August 7, 2022

Paracetamol is toxic to cats and dogs

During this pandemic, it is difficult for owners to bring their pets to the clinic. This is especially true for pet owners without a vehicle, as public transportation is scarce and most drivers do not allow pets inside their vehicles. Because of this limitation, some owners have resorted to “self-medication” with their cat or dog. But prescribing medication for your pet can cause more problems. It is always best to consult a veterinarian. You can go to the clinic, or consult your veterinarian on the phone or in Messenger or via Viber instead of prescribing medication for your animal. Please do not give any medicine that you think will cure your pet without consulting a veterinarian. Most human medications are harmful to cats and dogs and should be kept away from your pet. Paracetamol is one of those medications that you should never give your pet.
Paracetamol is dangerous for dogs and can be fatal for puppies because they have a much lower body weight than humans. Do not give paracetamol, ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen, aspirin and medicines containing paracetamol.

Cats and paracetamol

Paracetamol is not good for cats in pain. The drug may make her condition worse. “We’ve all been there, your cat comes in after getting a scratch and you’re like, ‘ouch, where’s the painkillers? “However, never be tempted to give your cat paracetamol as it will do much more harm than good,” Vetsnow told If your cat has eaten paracetamol, call your vet immediately or take your cat to the clinic because “no dose is too small,” Vetsnow said. “There is an antidote called acetylcysteine, which can save your cat’s life if given early enough. Acting quickly is essential for your cat’s health, ”said Vetsnow. Paracetamol is harmful to cats because they cannot safely break down paracetamol. This leads to the rapid formation of dangerous toxic compounds in the body, Vetsnow said. This, in turn, causes irreversible damage to the red blood vessels and leads to a syndrome called “methemoglobinemia” where the tongue and gums turn chocolate brown. This, and damage to the liver, causes death. To prevent cat poisoning with paracetamol, Vetsnow suggests that cat owners do the following: 1. Make sure all human medications are out of the reach of cats. Some human drugs also contain paracetamol. “As with children, make sure all medications are locked in cabinets out of reach of stray paws,” Vetsnow said. “Medicines containing paracetamol include some cold and flu remedies, liquid medicines such as Calpol. Paracetamol even has a different name in America, where it’s called acetaminophen, ”Vetsnow added. 2. Do not “self-medicate” your cat. Take your cat to the vet.

“Cats are (obviously) very different from humans

and it is just not safe to give your cat paracetamol or any other human medicine. There are many safe cat pain relievers that have been developed specifically for felines and these are available from your vet, ”said Vetsnow. “If you are concerned about the cat’s pain or any other aspect of your cat’s health, please contact your vet first,” Vetsnow added.

Dogs and paracetamol

Paracetamol is also bad for dogs, according to Vetsnow. It can cause liver or kidney failure and even death in dogs, Vetsnow said.

Vetsnow has listed some potentially harmful pain relievers for dogs below: Paracetamol Ibuprofen Diclofenac Naproxen Aspirin Please don’t do this – human pain relievers can be toxic to pets. Some over-the-counter medications can cause stomach ulceration, kidney or liver failure, and even death in small animals, ”said Vetsnow.

Calpol can be dangerous for dogs

It is best not to give Calpol to your dog. Vetsnow said that “suspensions for infants, such as Calpol, contain paracetamol. Although paracetamol is sometimes used in dogs, it was formulated for humans and therefore can be dangerous. This is especially the case if it is taken in large doses. There are other drugs used by veterinarians that have effects similar to paracetamol and are not as harmful to the liver. So ask your vet about another pain reliever for your dog without paracetamol. “Like humans, dogs naturally produce substances that protect their internal organs. One of these substances is called prostaglandins. These prostaglandins help maintain blood flow to a dog’s kidneys, prevent clotting, and protect the inner lining of the stomach. One of the effects of human pain relievers on dogs is that they can interfere with the production of prostaglandins. When this happens, dogs can develop bowel problems, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea, bleeding disorders and even kidney or liver failure, ”Vetsnow pointed out. If your dog has eaten a human pain reliever, take him to the vet immediately. Try to provide the vet with the following information: drug name, dosage, and amount ingested.

Dog park

Homeowners can now bring their pets inside the SM Dasma Mall and bond with their furry babies in a location different from their home. (Photo by Dennis Abrina)

Owners now have another way to bond with their dogs or cats. SM Dasma launched the Paw Park for pets last Sunday, March 14, to allow owners to bring their cats or dogs to the mall. Paw Park is located on the third floor of the mall. Owners must put a leash and a diaper on their pets. It is also recommended not to bring dogs in heat into the park.

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