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Skin cancer cream linked to dog deaths

Skin cancer cream linked to dog deaths

A cream used to treat and prevent skin cancer has killed five dogs who accidentally ate some, and the Food And Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners to keep it out of reach.

The FDA says in one case, a dog was playing with a tube of the cream and ingested some on accident. After vomiting and seizures the dog died 12 hours later. FDA recommends pet owners to safely discard or clean cloths used for applying the cream, and discuss with their doctor whether the treated area should be covered or not.

Fluorouracil destroys fast-growing cells, including skin cancer cells and pre-cancerous lesions. A skin cancer medication cream may be lethal for dogs even in very small amounts, a USA food regulatory body has warned, after five dogs became ill and died after accidentally ingesting the ointment.

FDA received a report were five dogs were reported dead after ingesting the skin creams that contain fluorouracil. Twelve hours after ingesting the cream, the animal died.

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While the agency hasn't received any reports involving cats, health officials expect that they would be extremely sensitive to the drug, as well. It is also sold under the names Carac, Effudex, and Fluoroplex. The owner rushed him to the veterinarian, who attempted treatment, but the dog's condition declined over three days and was ultimately euthanized. Even touching a pet after applying Fluorouracil cream to your own skin could be risky, they say, if the pet then ingests traces of the medicine. If an owner applies Fluorouracil cream to an afflicted area and touches their cat, the cat may accidentally ingest the medication when grooming itself and suffer adverse events. If their pet is exposed, owners are advised to consult a veterinarian immediately, and, if the animals begin showing symptoms of exposure, to detail them for authorities.

Seeking immediate veterinary care for pets if they are showing signs of vomiting or illness.

Health care providers who prescribe topical cancer medications containing Fluorouracil and pharmacists who fill these prescriptions should advise patients with pets to take care to prevent exposure of the pet to the medication.


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