What Are Some Common Household Drugs That Kill a Dog If Ingested?


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NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and vitamin D derivatives are some common household drugs that may kill pets if ingested, according to PetDoctor.com.au. Other drugs indicated for cancer, diabetes and tuberculosis are also poisonous to pets and other animals.

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Examples of NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, include ibuprofen and naproxen, and they are common, fast-acting household drugs that are poisonous to small animals. NSAIDs in improperly large dosages may cause stomach and intestinal ulcers to dogs and kidney damage to cats, reports the Kennel Club.

Aspirin and Tylenol contain large amounts of acetaminophen, which can cause liver damage to dogs and damage red-blood cells if ingested in higher doses, explains PetMD. Cats are especially at risk from acetaminophen because it compromises the cat's ability to use oxygen.

Products with vitamin D derivatives, such as calcitriol and calcipotriene, can cause fatal spikes in blood calcium levels in pets that can lead to kidney failure, notes the Kennel Club. Creams with vitamin D3 derivatives used in treating psoriasis are also extremely toxic to dogs.

Fluorouracil, an anti-cancer drug used in treating minor skin cancer, is fatal to dogs, reports PetDoctor.com.au. Even a small amount left from cotton swabs can cause severe seizure, vomiting and cardiac arrest. Isoniazid, a drug that treats tuberculosis, can cause rapid onset of seizures in dogs because their bodies cannot metabolize the drug properly.

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