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Red Alert: Just One of These Pills Can Harm a Pet

Misguided pet parents think that because these are OK for them to use, giving one to their pet won't do any damage. Not so, as these over-the-counter pills for humans can bind to protein in your pet's bloodstream and damage his kidneys, gastrointestinal tract and even his nerves.

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  • A recently published retrospective study demonstrates that a therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) procedure can save the lives of dogs who’ve ingested human nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that have already been absorbed into the bloodstream
  • The study involved 62 dogs, all of whom had all ingested a toxic dose of ibuprofen, carprofen, or naproxen; 61 of the dogs survived after undergoing a TPE procedure
  • NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and antidepressants are among the most common medications involved in pet poisonings
  • If you’re a pet parent, play it safe and take steps to store all medications and supplements out of your animal companion’s reach
  • If you suspect your pet has ingested a human over-the-counter or prescription medication call your veterinarian, a local emergency animal hospital, or a pet poison hotline immediately

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