As the weather has its highs and lows this time of year in Memphis, we might start to get sick. Here are a few things you should know for pet safety when it comes to cough drops:
Most cough drops contain sugar, menthol, eucalyptus oil, colors and flavor—all of which can cause gastrointestinal upset. However, some drops contain ingredients that can create more serious consequences:
If Xylitol is an ingredient, watch your pet closely. This sugar substitute is ok for humans, but is toxic to pets.
Benzocaine is another ingredient to watch for. It can cause gastrointestinal issues, as well as a form of anemia at high doses. This anemia can cause symptoms like depression, weakness, rapid breathing, jaundice, and face swelling.
When it comes to cough drop consumption in pets, obstruction may also be a concern depending on the number of drops ingested, the size of the pet and whether or not the wrappers were also ingested.
If you believe that your pet has ingested cough drops and are concerned about the possible dangers, contact your veterinarian or your after hours emergency vet immediately to find out the next appropriate steps.