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    Gerald
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        An interesting Crete post retrieved from June 7, 2009

        "Thank you all so much for your help and I shall get the eye drops as soon as I go to the pharmacy next week. My husband used his eye drops on our cat and they worked and his eyes were better the next day and no trouble since. I remember a vet back in the Uk telling me " don`t say I said this , but most human medicine can be used on animals". I prefer to use proper vet care though. Thank you all once again….

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        Imbros George
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            The vet must have forgotten about Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is highly toxic to dogs and cats. It can cause bleeding ulcers, liver damage, and may even be fatal.

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            altohb
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                Even if some human medicines are ok for animals, the dosage needs to be very carefully calibrated because of the size difference. Vet medicines are normally set up for dosage by weight – ie our two dogs need different amounts of (for example) worming pills because one weighs around 12 kg and the other about 40 kg – and both dogs & cats metabolise things differently from us. I would be extremely wary of using human medicines for animals without consulting a vet – I imagine the vet quoted was really saying that human meds can be used under proper supervision – not on an ad hoc basis!

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