Pictured: Calcipotriene

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally severe

Common signs to watch for:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Inappetance
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive thirst and urination
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Death

Calcipotriene, a source of Vitamin D, is an ingredient commonly found in a topical human medication for psoriasis. Calcipotriene is available under brand names like Taclonex and Dovonex. Ingestion of these topical creams can be deadly – and costly – to dogs and cats, as it results in a life-threateningly high calcium level in the body. This high calcium then results in acute kidney failure and potentially chronic renal failure in dogs and cats.

If you suspect your dog or cat chewed into a tube of psoriasis cream and were exposed to calcipotriene, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately for life-saving treatment advice.

Poison type: medications

Alternate names: calcipotriol, Vitamin D3, cholecalciferol, Taclonex, Dovonex, psoriasis cream