Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen

medications

Scientific name

Acetaminophen

Alternate names

Tylenol, paracetamol, APAP, Percocet, Panadol, Excedrin, Feverall

Toxicity to pets

Acetaminophen is a popular over-the-counter analgesic and fever reducing medication. It is also present in some prescription pain medications. Pet owners should be on the lookout for acetaminophen in products labeled for “cold and flu symptoms”, “allergies”, and “fever.” While this drug is safe for human use, it has a narrower margin of safety in dogs and especially cats. Cats have a decreased ability to metabolize acetaminophen in their liver, making them much more susceptible to poisoning than most other species.

  • Lethargy
  • Swelling of the face
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Brown or blue gums
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Jaundice
Acetaminophen

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Dogs

Toxicity Level

Moderate

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Cats

Toxicity Level

Severe

Cows

Toxicity Level

Mild

Horses

Toxicity Level

Mild

Birds

Toxicity Level

Moderate

Disclaimer

The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.