Kitchen Floor Cleaning Bulldogs

Does your bulldog run over whenever you drop something
on the floor?  Archie hears the little ping on my floor
and runs over as fast as he can.

I call it waiting for something to fall from heaven
for him.  He looks at the floor when I’m cooking,
not at me.  He knows something is going to appear
any moment.  He never moved so fast and I have to
quickly find it before he does if it’s something I
don’t want him to eat.

It’s really funny and for the most part he gets a
little treat.

But what if that little something that “fell from
heaven” was not so good for him?

The ASPCA just released the Top 10 Human Medications
That Poison our Pets.  You might be surprised at what’s
on the list:

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen or naproxen are the most common cause of pet poisoning in small animals, and can cause serious problems even in minimal doses. Pets are extremely sensitive to their effects, and may experience stomach and intestinal ulcers and—in the case of cats—kidney damage.

Antidepressants can cause vomiting and lethargy and certain types can lead to serotonin syndrome—a condition marked by agitation, elevated body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, disorientation, vocalization, tremors and seizures.

Cats are especially sensitive to acetaminophen, which can damage red blood cells and interfere with their ability to transport oxygen. In dogs, it can cause liver damage and, at higher doses, red blood cell damage.

Methylphenidate (for ADHD)
Medications used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in people act as stimulants in pets and can dangerously elevate heart rates, blood pressure and body temperature, as well as cause seizures.

Fluorouracil—an anti-cancer drug—is used topically to treat minor skin cancers and solar keratitis in humans. It has proven to be rapidly fatal to dogs, causing severe vomiting, seizures and cardiac arrest even in those who’ve chewed on discarded cotton swabs used to apply the medication.

Often the first line of defense against tuberculosis, isoniazid is particularly toxic for dogs because they don’t metabolize it as well as other species. It can cause a rapid onset of severe seizures that may ultimately result in death.

Pseudoephedrine is a popular decongestant in many cold and sinus products, and acts like a stimulant if accidentally ingested by pets. In cats and dogs, it causes elevated heart rates, blood pressure and body temperature as well as seizures.

Many oral diabetes treatments—including glipizide and glyburide—can cause a major drop in blood sugar levels of affected pets. Clinical signs of ingestion include disorientation, lack of coordination and seizures.

Vitamin D derivatives
Even small exposures to Vitamin D analogues like calcipotriene and calcitriol can cause life-threatening spikes in blood calcium levels in pets. Clinical signs of exposure—including vomiting, loss of appetite, increased urination and thirst due to kidney failure—often don’t occur for more than 24 hours after ingestion.

Baclofen is a muscle relaxant that can impair the central nervous systems of cats and dogs. Some symptoms of ingestion include significant depression, disorientation, vocalization, seizures and coma, which can lead to death.

I knew about NSAIDs because my Vivy almost died after being
given Rimadyl, but I didn’t know about some of the others,
like Vitamin D derivatives.

If your bulldog is anything like Archie, he or she will jump at the
sound of a pill dropping on the floor.  And dive for it.  From
now on I’m going to be more careful where I keep medications,
whether they are simple pain pills or even vitamins!

And with Halloween coming up, be mindful of little chocolate
bars too!

You can read more about poisons harmful to dogs on the ASPCA

your bulldog pals,
Jan & Archie


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