Animal Reactions to Chemicals/Drugs
Date: Winter 2010-2011
Do animals and people always have the same reactions to
chemicals, drugs, etc.?
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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