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 https://www.vets-now.com/pet-care-advice. 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. âThere 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, âsaid 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. âAs with children, make sure all medications are locked in cabinets out of reach of stray paws,â Vetsnow said. âMedicines 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, âVetsnow added. 2. Do not âself-medicateâ 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, âsaid 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, âsaid Vetsnow.
Calpol can be dangerous for dogs
It is best not to give Calpol to your dog. Vetsnow said that âsuspensions 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. âLike 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, âVetsnow 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.
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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