Medication Safety for Pets

Published: 3/3/24

Did you know that medications are among the leading causes of poisoning in pets each year? Whether it’s prescription drugs, over-the-counter pills, or even supplements, the way we store these items can make a huge difference in keeping our pets safe. Just like curious toddlers, our pets can get into places we’d never expect, so make sure all medications are securely stored in a locked cabinet. Remember, what’s safe for humans can be harmful to pets, so keep all medications clearly labeled and separate. If you suspect your pet has ingested any medication, seek veterinary care immediately.


Medication Safety & Pets Childproof Doesn't Mean Pet-Proof Don't count on a safety lid to protect your pet. With their teeth and nalls, your pet can open the bottle in seconds. Don't Shake, Rattle, or Roll Prevent Mix-ups Pills and pill bottles look alike. Keep medications in their original labeled containers, and store pet medications away from human medications. Avoid shaking a pill bottle to get your pet's attention or giving them a treat after coming to the rattle of pills. These actions may make your pet overly curious about the bottle. Use a voice command instead. Team Approach to Toxicity Pill bottles on a dresser can be knocked down by your agile cat into the powerful jaws of your dog. Once the bottle is open, everyone helps themselves to what's inside. Store medications in a locked cabinet. Don't 'Self-Medicate Your Pet Never give any type of medication to your pet unless directed by your veterinarian. Using leftover pills from a past illness can hinder an accurate diagnosis of your pet's current condition and be dangerous. Don't give human medication to your pet without your veterinarian's approval. Medicines that seem harmless for humans, such as ibuprofen, can be deadly for pets.