The Dangers of Taking Your Pet’s Medication

We know it’s a bad idea to take medication prescribed for a friend of family member – but how about meds prescribed for Fido? Some drug-seeking addicts are doing just that. How dangerous is this practice?

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Veterinarian and star of “Pet Doctors of Atlanta,” Dr. Arvid Edward, joins The Doctors. “It’s interesting that this has become such a new thing.” In fact, he says it has become pretty common. The most common targets are anti-anxiety drugs, but he’s even seen people intentionally hurt pets so they can get Tramadol.

“Is there an easy way to tell as a vet, if and when this is happening?” asks ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork. Dr. Edward says that veterinarians take a mandatory class every two years on how to screen for drug-seeking clients. “There are questions we can ask to try to find out if these drugs are being misused.”

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Breast Surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk adds that she’s heard of patients taking their pets antibiotics as well, and she wonders if there’s a difference in the formulation that might make this dangerous. “The thing with antibiotics is quite scary, actually,” Dr. Edward tells her. Antibiotic misuse is creating drug-resistant disease strains worldwide – and on top of that, drugs formulated for different animals are not designed for human use and may under- or overdose a person.

The Doctors stress that pet owners leave your pet’s medication alone – if you think you need medicine, see a doctor.

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