Tip on Never Give a Cat Tylenol


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Never give a cat acetaminophen (Tylenol) without the advice of your veterinarian. Cats are unable to metabolize the drug resulting in toxic effects. As little as one tablet can be lethal to a cat.

Most cats that are exposed to acetaminophen by either from accidentally ingestion of an improperly stored drug or by well-meaning owners giving their cats an incorrect dose.

Don't give your cat any medication unless directed by your veterinarian.

Acetaminophen toxicity may cause vomiting, diarrhea, trouble breathing, abnormal color to gums (brown color instead of pink), swelling of the face, lips, limbs, weakness, lethargy, and/or liver failure.

For more information please read AcetaminophenToxicity in Cats.

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.