A lesson in how human medicines are often unsafe for animals

A scary story, worth sharing widely for prevention –

How the Doctor Almost Killed Her Dog

The week before Christmas, I nearly killed my German shepherd.

Dexter with Ellie.

His name is Dexter, and he’s 11 years old. It all began on a Saturday morning in Central Park, when he ran in playful pursuit after a young Labrador retriever. Afterward he limped home.

Yet again his arthritic leg was acting up — he also tore a ligament a few years ago — and in an effort to save money and a trip to the veterinarian, I gave him some high-dose ibuprofen. It was in the medicine cabinet, left over from my son’s root canal.

I am a doctor — a people one — so I know quite a bit about medicine. Little did I know how little I knew about veterinary medicine.

Read the rest here.

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2 responses to “A lesson in how human medicines are often unsafe for animals

  1. This is a good message, never too often repeated.
    There are some products for humans that have beneficial — if different — animal applications. A couple of surprising ones, suggested by our veterinarian, are mentioned here.

  2. Ah, the douche skunk-spray-treatment, I remember that post!

    Mouthwash is the trick I use – jumbo, family-sized bottles of mouthwash, being careful not to get in in their eyes or nose; strips the skunk oil and leaves ’em minty fresh. Skin-drying, but anything that works is going to be.

    Gilly has yet to be skunked, I am thankful to say. Or quilled. Both surprising facts when you consider how much time we spend in the woods. I’m hoping we keep it that way.

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