FDA issues warning after skin cancer cream reportedly killed 5 dogs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning that affects those who have pets and use a particular variety of topical cancer medication.

According to the FDA, "pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to the topical cancer medication Fluorouracil Cream USP 5%...intended for use in people. Fluorouracil may also be marketed under the brand names Carac, Effudex and Fluoroplex."

The administration further notes, "...even very small amounts could be dangerous to [the] animals."

Included in the notice is a report about a dog who found its owners medication, used it as a toy, and punctured the tube in the process, likely ingesting some of the cream.

The canine became violently ill and died 12 hours later.

The FDA notes that it has "received reports of five dogs that became ill and died after accidentally ingesting the topical cream".

Though none of the incidents involved cats, it is believed they would be similarly affected by Fluorouracil.

It is advised that people who share homes with animal companions, be they feline or canine, "store all medications safely out of the reach of pets," and, "safely discard or clean any cloth or applicator that may retain medication and avoid leaving any residues...on hands, clothing, carpeting, or furniture."

The FDA also suggests that doctors warn patients of the potential hazard and veterinarians investigate Fluorouracil ingestion a possibility when pets exhibit vomiting or seizures.

Cats and dogs sleeping
See Gallery
Cats and dogs sleeping
A little Beagle puppy is sleeping
Sleeping beagle on sofa
Miniature long haired daschund puppy asleep on bed
Saint Bernards Sleeping
Sleeping dog
Beagle Dog Sleeping
Dog lying on bed, elevated view
Labrador puppy (Canis lupus familiaris) sleeping
Sleeping Poodle puppy
Three Akita Inu puppy dogs sleeping at yellow towel
Usa, New York State, New York City, Portrait of French Bulldog sleeping on sofa
Sleeping Poodle puppy
Puppy sleeping
Pug, pug, sleeping in chair
kitten and puppy sleeping
Dogs and cats sleeping together.
couple of dogs in love sleeping together under the blanket in bed
Caption afternoon animal behavior breed buddy bxx249 canine comfortable companion companionship content contentment couch cozy dogs dog domestic domestic animal dozing enjoyment family dog family pet home horizontal indoors inside labrador labrador retriever lazy leisure lifestyle living room lounging lying down nap naptime pastime pet reclining recreation relaxing rest restful resting sleep sleeping sleepy sofa title-pets & their people together togetherness x collection ?andersen-ross bxp64854 22649362 Dogs Sleeping on the Couch Brand X Pictures (RF) Image #22649362
Sleeping pugs resting in sun.
Cat sleeping
Cat sleeping on the couch.
Cute British shorthair kitten
The kitten which takes a nap
kitten and puppy sleeping
Sleeping Kitten
Cat sleeping on bed
A tabby cat sleeping on a window sill.

Read Full Story