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Cholesterol lowering agents / Statins

Severity scale:
No/low toxicity

This potential toxin is considered to be a mild risk or the symptoms are not considered serious. The risk level, however, may vary depending on the amount or part ingested (see details below). While in most cases you should be able to carefully monitor your pet at home, if any of the symptoms listed below appear, if your pet's condition worsens not improves, or if there is any change in your pet's behavior or other habits, please contact whiskerDocs or your primary veterinarian for further guidance.

Medications like Crestor and Lipitor are used to lower cholesterol in humans.  Luckily for dogs and cats, they tend not to have problems with cholesterol, and don't need medications like these!  If your pet were to accidentally get into your cholesterol medications, however, it's possible you'll see some upset stomach symptoms, but generally, the symptoms are mild and short-lived. If your pet gets into an excessive amount, has a medical condition, is small in size, or is very young or very old, the risks could be higher, and you should seek advice from one of our pet experts on how to proceed!

Other names: 
Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Atorvastatin, Rosuvastatin, generic cholesterol medication, statins, Fluvastatin, Lescol, Lovastatin, Pitavastatin, Livalo, Pravastatin, Pravachol, Simvastatin
Toxic to: 
Dogs and Cats
Symptoms: 
Mild vomiting or diarrhea. Serious side effects occur with long term use, not likely for a one time exposure
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