AUNT LYN'S DOGGIE WELLNESS UPDATE
Should Our Dogs use Human, Over the Counter Medicines ?
We often see memes and photo shares on giving our dogs over-the-counter (OTC) medication. Sometimes even our Vets tell us to use them, but are they safe? Well, let’s think for a moment about the ads we see for human OTC medication and prescriptions. Each one list a variety of side effects and long term cautions. Many of these side effects are worse than our initial problem and quite honestly, is a bleeding ulcer worth it when you just want to stop your headaches?
Serious side effects include:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure from body swelling (fluid retention)
- Kidney problems including kidney failure
- Bleeding and ulcers in the stomach and intestine
- Low red blood cells (anemia)
- Life-threatening skin reactions
- Life-threatening allergic reactions
- Liver problems including liver failure
- Asthma attacks in people who have asthma
Other side effects include:
- Stomach pain
Keep in mind these OTC meds and prescriptions are brought to market after limited testing on small groups of people and few if any have - long term use- testing done. Let me remind you it’s human testing not canine...
So, what are some of the side effect that can affect our beloved canine friend? Well lets look at Pepcid as one example, If you use pepcid for a gurgley stomach on your dog one time, it may not be a big deal. Yet many people give it to their pets several times a month, others give it daily.
Did you know that an over use of Pepcid (antacid) can deplete calcium in bones?
If it can cause that in humans how much more damage will it cause to a dog? How about aspirin? Aspirin is a well known blood thinner and can also cause ulcer in humans. It has the same effect on canines. The difference between us and our pets is we can speak about how we feel but who will speak up for the uncomfort in our beloved pets? They can’t tell us what they are feeling.
According to the Pet Poison Helpline nearly 50% of all calls received involve human medications – both over-the-counter and prescription. Whether it was because it accidentally chewed into a pill bottle or a well-intentioned pet owner accidentally switched medication (giving their pet a human medication), pet poisonings due to human medications are common and can be very serious. So how can we prevent accidentally poisoning our beloved pet and treat any ailment it may experience?
Doing what our ancestors have done for centuries… Natural Remedies. Not only are they pet friendly but also environment friendly. At Aunt Lyn’s not only do we create natural products to help maintain optimum health energy and emotional balance on our beloved canines but we create preventive products that will help maximize the health, quality of life, experiences and adventures - you and your dog deserve to share together.
For example our K9 Essential Herb Blend. This is a proprietary blend of several different organic Green Teas, each targeting a different holistic health need. Nettle, Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Ginger, Oregano, and Mint. Today these array of herbs are hard to find in organic form and even harder for our dogs to have access to. Most people have either concrete or grass, not natural herbs growing.
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Pepcid and other gastric acid inhibitors :
Vestergaard P, Rejnmark L, Mosekilde L. Proton pump inhibitors, histamine H2 receptor antagonists, and other antacid medications and the risk of fracture. Calcif Tissue Int. 2006 Aug;79(2):76-83. Epub 2006 Aug 15.