The FDA warns that a chemotherapy medicine may be killing pets.
FDA warns pet owners about a chemotherapy treatment that may kill dogs.
The FDA has received many reports of dogs exposed to Fluorouracil, a chemotherapy treatment used to treat a range of human malignancies, including skin cancers. Animals perished.
It's also used to treat child warts and horse malignancies. It can be injected or administered topically.
Fluorouracil hasn't been reported to poison cats or other pets, although the FDA advises keeping it away from them.
Poisoning symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, convulsions, and difficulty breathing, according to the FDA. Death might occur in 6-12 hours.
FDA gives these pet safety tips:
- Store the container where animals can't reach it.
- Put empty containers in pet-proof areas.
- Consult your doctor about covering the treated area with clothing or gauze to prevent licking.