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Muscle relaxants

Severity scale:
Caution
This toxin is considered to be a moderate risk. However, your pet's medical history, age, weight, and breed could put him/her at higher risk. It is advised that you contact whiskerDocs or your primary veterinarian for further guidance about any steps you may need to take to ensure your pet's safety. If you choose to, you may monitor your pet closely, but the onset or worsening of any of the below symptoms warrants a trip to the emergency room.

Some muscle relaxers are used in both humans and pets for relief of pains, sprains, and strains. When used properly, they can be a great help for animals recovering from various injuries, but only particular kinds and particular doses are considered safe. Muscle relaxants can be highly toxic to pets if an accidental overdose occurs, whether your pet ingests something prescribed for someone in your household or accidentally receives an extra dose of his/her own vet-prescribed muscle relaxant medication. Even one extra dose of medication can be fatal.

Toxic to: 
Dogs and Cats
Formulations: 
Baclofen, carisoprodol, methocarbamol, tizanidine, and cyclobenzaprine
Symptoms: 
Vocalization, salivation, vomiting, weakness, tremors, shaking, coma, seizures, dangerously slow heart rhythms, hypothermia, and blood pressure abnormalities
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