Pets given human medicines as owners look to cut costs
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Financial pressure during the economic downturn coupled with rising vet fees are driving pet owners to purchase cheap over-the-counter human medications to give their cats and dogs, according to research from Sainsbury’s Pet Insurance.

Vets’ fees are increasing at twice the rate of inflation and routine procedures can cost hundreds of pounds with bills for major operations, tests and drug therapies costing thousands. However, administering medication intended for humans in order to cut costs could cause the animal harm and potentially lead to long-term illnesses.

One surgery reported it was receiving two or three calls a day from worried pet owners, whose animals had reacted badly having been given medication such as paracetamol; this can cause liver or kidney problems, which can be irreversible. Other vets have reported owners giving antidepressants to hyperacti…………… continues on

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