Your common household items can be toxic to your pets. According to data from the Animal Poison Control Center, based in Urbana, Ill., prescription human medication ranks in the top 5 toxins that harm pets. The most common meds ingested by dogs and cats include heart medications, antidepressants, and pain medications.
The comprehensive list from the ASPCA website includes:
Prescription Human Medications – most commonly heart medications, pain medications and antidepressants
Insecticides – most commonly occurs when cats receive flea/tick preventions and shampoos made specifically for dog use
Over-the-Counter Human Medications and Cosmetics/Lotions/Creams – most commonly over-the-counter pain medications (naproxen, ibuprofen, and aspirin)
To help prevent accidental poisonings, keep medicines, household cleaners, pesticides, and automotive products stored and out of paw’s reach. Never give any medications or supplements to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian. And always read the label of flea/tick products before applying to your pet. If a product is labeled for dog use only, it can cause serious and often life-threatening side effects in cats.