Pets commonly ingest prescription medications from
countertops, pill minders, mail-order packages, or other sources. Veterinarians also
can prescribe certain human drugs for animals. Safety data for human prescription
drugs in certain animal species may not be available—most are not approved for
veterinary use by the FDA. A valid client-patient-veterinarian relationship must
exist for veterinarians to recommend extra-label use of human prescription
medications to their clients.
Last full review/revision August 2014 by Safdar A. Khan, DVM, MS, PhD, DABVT