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Apr 08 2013

Protect Your Pets from Poison

By Charleston Veterinary Referral Center

This week is Pet Poison Prevention Week, which aims to raise awareness of household dangers to pets. While most people have heard about antifreeze, chocolate, ice melt, household cleaners, lawn and garden materials and other common hazards, many pet owners are unaware that some of the most hazardous items in their home may be sitting on their nightstands. For the fourth year in a row, human medications have topped the ASPCA’s list of top 10 toxins for pets. 

So what medicines are most toxic to your pets? Kristin Welch, DVM, DACVECC of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC), says the following medications are the most common human prescriptions they treat pets for in their emergency department. Dr. Welch is available to discuss more about how each of these medications can harm your pet and what to do if your pet ingests them:

  • Skeletal muscle relaxants
  • Topical chemotherapy cream 
  • Psoriasis cream
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Sleep aids
  • SSRIs
  • Albuterol
  • Stimulants (including ADHD medications and OTC nasal decongestant)  
  • Non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc.)
  • Tylenol

 Remember to always keep such products out of reach for your pet!

 About Charleston Veterinary Referral Center:

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) is a specialty referral, emergency & critical care veterinary hospital which opened in March, 2011. The Center offers a cohesive team of veterinary professionals and staff that are dedicated to practicing the highest caliber of medicine and surgery available. CVRC believes that great care and service are intertwined. With a commitment to respect the integrity of the referral relationship with primary care veterinarians, doctors and staff at CVRC work tirelessly toward the goal of great communication. Our facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reached at (843) 614-VETS (8387). For more information, please visit us online at or find us on Facebook at

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