18 Aug Sore Throat Lozenges
Sore throat lozenges are another seasonal pet poison that the Helpline is often contacted about throughout winter. Whilst most pets that ingest sore throat lozenges are unlikely to run into serious harm, there are a wide range of these products now available on the market and not all are completely without risk.
Pets that ingest lozenges containing anti-inflammatories may be at risk of harmful effects. These effects may include gastrointestinal signs (from mild stomach upset to severe ulceration), kidney injury, and even neurological signs following very large ingestions.
Some sore throat products also contain local anaesthetics, which can result in poisoning if ingested in quantity. Large ingestions of throat lozenges that contain local anaesthetics can potentially result in lethargy, weakness, panting, seizures and may even alter electrical activity in the heart. Cats can be particularly susceptible to the local anaesthetics found in such lozenges.
To keep your pet safe, ensure that all medications are kept well out of reach. If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline provides a free service for all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand, and we can rapidly determine if your pet requires immediate veterinary assessment or can be observed at home.
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