5 Dogs Die After Ingesting Skin Cancer Cream
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cautioning pet owners to keep fluorouracil—a cream used to treat and prevent skin cancer that is sold under the brand names Carac, Efudex, and Fluoroplex—away from pets after five dogs died after accidentally eating the medication.
Fluorouracil destroys fast-growing cells, including skin cancer cells and pre-cancerous lesions. At this time, no adverse effects in cats or other pets have been reported, but the FDA warns that they too could be at risk. Even small amounts of the cream may pose a danger, so pet owners should use caution when using and storing fluorouracil.
If you have pets and are using a topical cancer medication, it's important to safely dispose of or clean anything that comes in contact with the cream during application, and avoid leaving any residue on hands, clothing, carpeting, furniture, or other items to which your pet may have access. Ask your doctor about whether you can safely cover the treated area after applying the medication. Seek immediate veterinary care if your pet is exposed to fluorouracil.
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