10 Common Human Medications That Can Kill Dogs

10 Common Human Medications That Can Kill Dogs

Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen are the number one cause of pet poisonings. The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center receives approximately 90,000 calls a year from pet owners whose dog or cat has come in contact with medicines intended for humans. The ASPCA reported that over 14 % of all the calls they receive involve pets ingesting their owner’s medications or supplements.

Common over the counter medications that are toxic for dogs include: NSAIDs –Pain reliever/anti-inflammatory- One or two of these medications can cause serious harm including kidney failure, intestinal and stomach ulcers.


  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Motrin
  • Naproxen
  • Naprosyn
  • Medipren
  • Nuprin
  • Anaprox
  • Neprelan


 Acetaminophen – Pain Reliever-One regular strength tablet may cause liver damage.


  • Tylenol
  • Paracetamol
  • Panadol


Pseudoephedrine- Decongestant-Raises blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature.  Can cause seizures, nervousness, and hyperactivity.


  • Sudafed
  • Entex
  • Comtrex
  • Dristan Cold
  • Tavist
  • Tylenol Cold
  • Theraflu
  • Sinarest
  • Triaminicin
  • Drixoral
  • Nyquil
  • Claritin D
  • Allegra D
  • Zyrtec D


Dozens of medications contain pseudoephedrine so always check labels on cold, flu, decongestants and allergy medication. One clue is if the medication had the letter D behind the name, it may contain pseudoephedrine.


Antidepressants- Listlessness, vomiting, agitation, disorientation, elevated heart rate, change blood pressure and body temperature, cause tremors and seizures.


Diabetes Medications- Causes a dangerous drop in blood sugar levels in dogs, disorientation, lack of coordination, and seizures.


  • Glucotrol
  • DiaBeta
  • Micronase
  • Glynase
  • Glycron
  • Glucovance
  • Glipizide
  • Glyburide

Methylphenidate (ADHD medication)-Causes elevated body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate, and seizures.


  • Ritalin
  • Concerta
  • Methylin
  • Daytrana


Vitamin D used to treat psoriasis, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis -Causes loss of appetite, vomiting, increased urination and excessive thirst due to kidney failure.


  • Calcitriol
  • Rocaltrol
  • Calcijex
  • Calcipotriene
  • Dovonex


Fluorouracil-topical medication used to treat skin cancer-Causes severe vomiting, seizures and cardiac arrest.


  • Efudex
  • Carac
  • Fluroplex


Isoniazid-used to prevent tuberculosis-Causes life threatening seizures.


  • Nydrazid


Baclofen-muscle relaxant- Causes disorientation, vocalization, seizures, coma and death.


  • Co Baclofen
  • Kemstro
  • Lioresal
  • Liotec
  • Nu-Baclo

To prevent accidental poisoning in your dog, keep all medications out of your dog’s reach and never:


  • Leave pill bottles where your pet can reach them.
  • Store your medication in the same location as your dogs (in case of accidental mix up).
  • Store medication in a plastic bag
  • Leave pills in your purse or briefcase

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