Care must be taken when administering drugs to our animal friends. There are so many drugs that are toxic to both the dog and the cat.

Never give drugs to humans to animals! It is only the veterinarian who can determine which medicine the animals that live in our homes can take.

The active ingredient contained in drugs administered to humans is tolerated neither by cats nor by dogs nor by rabbits.

We cannot treat animals with drugs prescribed for people, because we would make a serious mistake.

Let’s take an example, anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can cause intestinal problems and convulsions.

Fans are toxic to cats:

Fans, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, that is to say anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, painkillers, such as ibuprofen, nimesulide, naproxen, Ketoprofen, aspirin are strongly harmful to the gastrointestinal tract. Even with a single administration it can cause damage, such as ulcers in the stomach resulting in hemorrhage which can also be fatal.

Paracetamol, which we use when we have a fever and some pain, is very harmful to dogs. It can cause fever and vomiting while in cats it can cause severe anemia.

Paracetamol is contained in tachypirine which should never be given to cats because it causes them a form of  fatal haemolytic anemia.

Naproxen, which eliminates joint pain in a few minutes in the dog, causes gastric ulcers and kidney failure.

Yet another drug that is commonly found in our homes is Lasix or Furosemide, which is the diuretic. Often if the cat does not urinate it has been hit by a cystitis and by administering the diuretic we worsen the health of our animal.

If the cat is agitated, never think of giving it the Valium that is used for humans. No to the administration of Benzodiazepines which causes strong excitement even in dogs and sometimes respiratory depression.

The request for generic drugs for animals was promoted via Facebook.

by Unisvet (Italian Union of Veterinary Associations)  and by ENPA  (National Animal Protection Authority ).

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