Common Poisoning Threats To Pets

Posted: Mar 02 2012

Unfortunately, the biggest threat of pet poisoning is often found at home. Common medications like ibuprofen, antidepressants, acetaminophen and ADHD medications are major culprits. Not only do these medications, if not stored properly, pose a risk in the home, they also pose a risk to the environment if not disposed of properly. 

In an effort to address this problem, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Sea Grant College Program have partnered to raise awareness about the proper storage and disposal of common, household medications. 

Make sure you store all of your medication out of the reach of pets and children. Check that any medication you carry in your purse, backpack or briefcase is not accessible to pets. And, don't store medication in lower cabinets or shelves in your kitchen or bath. 

Do you have medicine you no longer need? Don’t flush it!
Your first option should be to find a local medicine take-back program. If there isn’t a take-back program available:
1. Mix medicine with cat litter or coffee grounds in a sealable container such as a coffee can before throwing it in the trash.
2. Mark out any personal information before recycling your pill bottle.


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