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If you have ever considered giving Tylenol or its generic equivalent (acetaminophen) to a sick or injured pet, take our advice:  Don’t do it.

Dogs and cats are not little people in fur coats.  Their physiology is significantly different from ours, such that our medicine cabinet staples can be poisonous to them.

Tylenol (also known as acetaminophen) is deadly to dogs and catsEven one tablet is too much for a cat.  Acetaminophen causes severe liver damage, as well as damage to oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

Signs of Tylenol poisoning include:

  • vomiting
  • breathing difficulty
  • lethargy
  • weakness
  • drooling
  • brown-colored gums

The second stage of poisoning includes:

  • swelling of the face, lips and legs
  • loss of coordination
  • convulsions 
  • coma  

If a pet survives stage 2, it will go into stage 3 and exhibit jaundice due to liver failure; belly pain and an altered mental state.

Tylenol poisoning must always be treated as an emergency. 
Take your pet directly to the 24-hour emergency hospital (Blue Pearl Veterinary Emergency Hospital at 364 South Independence Blvd. in Virginia Beach.)  Pets that recover may need to be on medications and specialized diets to compensate for reduced liver function, for life.

In short, there is no acceptable case in which to give Tylenol or acetaminophen to your pet!

Resources: 

http://petplace.com/dogs/acetaminophen-toxicity-in-dogs/page1.aspx

http://petplace.com/cats/acetaminophen-toxicity-in-cats/page1.aspx

Helpful Phone Numbers

Blue Pearl Veterinary Emergency Hospital…….…………757-499-5463

Pet Poison Helpline ($49 fee)…………………1-855-764-7661

 

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center ($65 fee)…………1-888-426-4435

P1060065

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This post originally appeared on January 4, 2011.

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If you have ever considered giving Tylenol or its generic equivalent (acetaminophen) to a sick or injured pet, take our advice:  Don’t do it.

Dogs and cats are not little people in fur coats.  Their physiology is significantly different from ours, such that our medicine cabinet staples can be poisonous to them.

Tylenol (also known as acetaminophen) is deadly to dogs and catsEven one tablet is too much for a cat.  Acetaminophen causes severe liver damage, as well as damage to oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

Signs of Tylenol poisoning include:

  • vomiting
  • breathing difficulty
  • lethargy
  • weakness
  • drooling
  • brown-colored gums

The second stage of poisoning includes:

  • swelling of the face, lips and legs
  • loss of coordination
  • convulsions 
  • coma  

If a pet survives stage 2, it will go into stage 3 and exhibit jaundice due to liver failure; belly pain and an altered mental state.

Tylenol poisoning must always be treated as an emergency. 
Take your pet directly to the 24-hour emergency hospital (Blue Pearl Veterinary Emergency Hospital at 364 South Independence Blvd. in Virginia Beach.)  Pets that recover may need to be on medications and specialized diets to compensate for reduced liver function, for life.

In short, there is no acceptable case in which to give Tylenol or acetaminophen to your pet!

Resources: 

http://petplace.com/dogs/acetaminophen-toxicity-in-dogs/page1.aspx

http://petplace.com/cats/acetaminophen-toxicity-in-cats/page1.aspx

Helpful Phone Numbers

Blue Pearl Veterinary Emergency Hospital…….…………757-499-5463

Pet Poison Helpline ($39 fee)…………………1-800-213-6680

P1060064

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center ($65 fee)…………1-888-426-4435

P1060065

 

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This post originally appeared on January 4, 2011.

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What is liver disease?

     The liver is an important organ with many functions, including the digestion and conversion of nutrients, the removal of toxic substances from the blood and the storage of vitamins and minerals.  Liver disease results in inflammation, known as hepatitis.  If untreated, this can lead to loss of function as healthy liver cells are replaced by scar tissue.  Diseases elsewhere in the body can also affect the liver’s function.

What causes liver disease?

  • Age:  Several diseases, including liver dysfunction, are common in geriatric pets.
  • Breed:  Certain breeds, such as Dobermans, Rottweilers, Yorkies, Cocker Spaniels, and Siamese cats, are more likely to be born with or are prone to develop particular liver problems.
  • Obesity:  Cats that are severely overweight may be more likely to develop liver disease.
  • Medications and chemicals:  Medications containing acetaminophen can damage the liver in cats and dogs.
  • Bacterial and viral infections
  • Congenital abnormality

What are common signs of liver disease?

  • Poor appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Jaundice
  • Increased thirst
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Changes in behavior
  • Excessive drooling

Why does the vet recommend Hill’s Prescription Diet l/d?

     Hill’s Pet Nutrition knows that the liver is designed to repair and regenerate itself, but it needs the proper nutrition* to support the process.

     Hill’s has specially formulated its l/d diet to support liver function while reducing the liver’s overall workload and allowing this complicated organ a chance to heal.  Prescription diet l/d also includes vitamins C and E to help protect delicate liver cells from more damage.

*Liver conditions may also require surgical intervention and drug treatments.  Some pets may be placed under the care of a veterinary internal medicine specialist.  Diagnostic testing is necessary to determine the type of disease or physical abnormality present and the extent of damage to the liver, which will aid in the creation of a treatment plan.  Hill’s Prescription diet l/d is one facet of the treatment plan.

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Information taken from Hill’s Pet Nutrition pamphlet “Liver Conditions,” available at our office.

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