Protecting pets from harmful pharmaceuticals

Renee Schmid, DVM, DABT, DABVT, senior veterinary toxicologist and DVM supervisor of the Pet Poison Helpline, spoke about pet toxins during a talk and interview at the Veterinary Meeting & Expo in Orlando, Florida. , including human pharmaceuticals. with dvm360. She also advises veterinarians to educate their clients on how to keep household pharmaceuticals out of harm’s way for pets.

The following is a transcript of the interview:

Renee Schmid, DVM, DABT, DABVT: Chocolate is usually the most common poison we see every year. And then we can look at xylitol, lilies in cats, ibuprofen, and then the main rodenticides, including bromethalin, cholecalciferol, and anticoagulants.

Veterinarians can help educate pet owners and their clients about keeping medications out of reach. So, keep them high, out of the way of an animal that might be countersurfing. I always call them. killer cat Who likes to get up on a table or counter top and drop the medicine on the floor for the dogs to get in, but (to be safe) take the medicine somewhere else the animal can’t get to. And then keep this medicine aside. If they have human medications and pet medications, make sure they aren’t storing them in the same place, where they could accidentally give their pets the wrong medication.

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