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The dangers of kids and pet medications

Posted at 5:10 PM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 20:31:07-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - People tend to keep medications away from children.

Researchers say many families don't do the same with pet medications.
 
A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics found 87 percent of calls about children exposed to pet medications were for kids younger than five.
 
While most don't pose serious health consequences, they can be dangerous even in small doses.
 
"The medications we give for pets are the same as human medications so they can be the same things for chemotherapy, for epilepsy, for arthritis, for kidney disease, for blood pressure, so these medications they can be strong," said Kevin Fitzgerald, a veterinarian.
 
Researchers say pet medications should be in child-resistant containers and stored somewhere that kids can't access.