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Owners risking their pets' wellbeing by giving them human medicines

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A SURVEY carried out on behalf of the pet insurance provider MORE TH>N has found that 9 per cent of the respondents had given their pet medication intended for use in people.

The survey of 1000 cat and dog owners in the UK found that the most common medicines given or used were antihistamines, paracetamol, antiseptic creams, ibuprofen and aspirin. The medicines were administered for reasons ranging from injured paws to cuts and insect and nettle stings. Some owners admitted to having given their pets human medications an average of seven times in the previous 12 months.

Examining why owners were giving human medications to their pets, the survey found …

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