Medicines and home remedies for humans can be dangerous for animals
Most Germans are animal lovers. Unfortunately, many do not know that four-legged friends are sometimes much more sensitive to many medicines intended for humans. Some drugs can even be fatal to animals. And some home remedies are sometimes not well tolerated by the animal body.
When pets get sick
According to experts, around 28 million pets live in German households, the majority are dogs and cats. Some of the four-legged friends can also transmit diseases through infections with viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites, which is why it is often advised against cuddling the pets. The animals can of course also get sick themselves. Pet owners who then reach into their own medicine cabinet make a big mistake. Because medication for humans can be dangerous for animals. This is pointed out by the organization aktion tier e.V.
Certain preparations can be dangerous for animals
"Many medicines intended for humans are harmful or even fatal to animals," explains Dr. Tina Hölscher, veterinarian of aktion tier e.V. in a message.
According to the information, tablets for pain and inflammation, sedatives or hormones are among the most risky drug groups.
These agents cause internal bleeding, neurological deficiency symptoms, or vomiting and diarrhea in the animal.
As it says in the message, depending on the dosage, more or less dramatic symptoms develop within hours of being entered.
Even home remedies are often not well tolerated
Supposedly natural home remedies are also sometimes not well tolerated by the animal body.
For example, a few drops of tea tree oil can lead to irreversible poisoning in a cat.
According to aktion tier e.V., there are other special features besides the absolute intolerance of some active ingredients.
For example, some preparations that are intended for humans are also used in animals, but they are used in completely different doses.
"Therefore, I can only urgently advise pet owners to refrain from self-medication," said the veterinarian.
The communication points out that this advice is in no way intended to protect the benefices of the veterinary profession, but is only used to protect pets from incorrect medication and subsequent poisoning. (ad)