13-Nov-12 7:00 AM  CST

A Look At Pets And Pharmaceuticals

Pets are often our most beloved friends.  They accompany and comfort us in good times and bad.  More and more pharmacies are now carrying and dispensing pet medications and there is a definite need for pharmacies to continue to do so.  As a pharmacy technician you may encounter pharmacy customers that have questions about pet medications and pet poisoning.  According to a recent article published on Rodale.com, the most common causes of in-home pet poisonings are due to pets getting into their owners ‘people pills.’ 

The most common calls to the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center were because pets got into and ate heart medications and ADHD drugs.  All human drugs can make pets sick or even be their cause of death.  Twenty-six percent of calls to the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center were due to pets eating OTC and prescription strength medications.      

Other drugs that can harm pets are: 

· Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID’s) drugs like Ibuprofen. 

· Antidepressants. 

· Acetaminophen. 

· Cancer drugs. 

· All people meds in general. 

Medications should be kept in a closed cabinet and be taken in a room where pets are not located.  Pets can chew through prescription bottles so it is important to stress to pharmacy customers that they should keep prescription bottles out of pets reach.  In addition, pets should never be given people medications as any amount will do harm to them.  As a pharmacy technician you can encourage pharmacy customers to remember to keep medications away from their pets and also encourage medication safety rules.
           
Sources: 
Zerbe, Leah.  “Prevent Pet Poisonings:  Eliminate the 10 Biggest Pet Threats In Your Home.”  Rodale.  Web.  7 Nov 2012. 

“Top 10 Human Medications That Poison Our Pets.”  ASPCA.  Web.  10 Nov 2012.     

For additional information on this article, please contact:
 
Jennifer S. O'Reilly
 
Source: NPTAnews  
http://www.pharmacytechnician.org

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