Even a small piece of a Tylenol pill can be deadly to your pet (cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, pigs, primates, and many others).
Why? The mechanisms for breaking down and removing drugs from the body is different in animals than it is in humans.
The symptoms of Tylenol (acetaminophen) poisoning include, but are not limited to:
- blue gums
- rapid or difficulty breathing
- edema (swelling) of the face and paws (especially in cats)
- dark urine and blood
If the Tylenol contained other drugs (e.g., caffeine, antihistamines or opioids), your pet may have these additional symptoms:
- changes in mental status
- walking as if drunk
- increased or decreased heart rate
- changes in blood pressure and body temperature.
If you suspect your pet has ingested Tylenol (acetaminophen) or is exhibiting any abnormal symptoms, call Neartown Animal Clinic in Houston, Texas or your own veterinarian immediately.