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Name: Marissa
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Location: IN
Country: USA
Date: Winter 2010-2011

Do animals and people always have the same reactions to chemicals, drugs, etc.?

Hello Marissa,

That is a very good question. The answer is that, no, animals and people do not always have the same reaction to drugs, chemicals, or even foods. A simple example is xylitol, which is a sweetener in some sugar free gums. While safe for humans, it can cause toxicity in dogs. Other drugs like Tylenol, while safe in humans can also be toxic in dogs and cats. Even vegetables like onions can be toxic to cats and dogs. Many other examples exist, as do many things that can be taken safely by both humans and animals. I hope this helps.

Louis M. Huzella, DVM, Diplomate, ACVP

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