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Keebler
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/20/400994162/humans-use-of-pain-relief-creams-proves-fatal-to-felines

Humans' Use Of Pain-Relief Creams Proves Fatal To Felines

- by Poncie Rutsch - NPR - April 20, 2015

[Contact between cats and their owners may have exposed the animals to toxic levels of medication.]

Veterinarians have long warned that pain medications like ibuprofen are toxic to pets. And it now looks like merely using a pain relief cream can put cats at risk. . . .

. . . When the veterinarians performed necropsies on the three dead cats, they found toxic levels of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. NSAIDs include ibuprofen, like Advil and Motrin, and naproxen, which is in Aleve. . . .

. . . But these cats died by flurbiprofen, another NSAID. In the case of its most recent victims, the cat owner applied a lotion or cream containing flurbiprofen to treat muscle or arthritis pain.

And it's highly unusual for a cat to show up at the vet's office;

usually it's the dogs that get into trouble from exposure to NSAIDs. . . .

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As sad as this is for dear pets,

most of us know that acetaminophen can cause damage to the liver & ears

yet ibuprofen can be very stressful to human kidneys. Many things we put on our bodies can be absorbed in less than a minute - and then our liver & kidneys (and ears) still have to deal with it.
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