It’s not uncommon for dogs to eat our medications. It can happen due to a dog’s curiosity or because he may think he’s missing a yummy snack. And it’s possible for a dog to eat almost any human medication, including an abortion pill. But what happens if a dog eats an abortion pill?
Has your dog eaten an abortion pill? Are you worried the abortion pill will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve gathered information about abortion pills and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Abortion Pills?
Abortion pills come in two different kinds, including mifepristone and misoprostol. These medications are taken one at a time, under a doctor’s guidance, to cause an abortion in a human. In other words, the medications are used to end pregnancies.
While these medications are safe for humans (when taken as directed), what happens if a dog takes abortion pills meant for humans? Can these medications make a dog sick?
Abortion Pills & Dogs
The first medication, mifepristone, is a medication that blocks the production of progesterone in humans, which is necessary for human pregnancy. This medication is also used to end pregnancies in dogs (and cats).
The second medication, misoprostol, is a medication that blocks prostaglandin E1 analog. The medication is also used in dogs to treat or prevent stomach ulcers due to NSAID use.
While these medications are safe in humans (when used as directed), what happens if a dog eats abortion pills?
Abortion Pills & Dogs
Unfortunately, it is possible for dogs to become very ill from eating abortion pills meant for humans. The doses may be too large for a dog and make him sick.
Symptoms of Abortion Pill Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog eats abortion pills:
- Stomach pain
If your dog shows any of these or other concerning symptoms, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Abortion Pill Ingestion in Dogs
The vet may induce vomiting and use activated charcoal to remove the toxins from your dog’s symptoms. In addition, the vet may use gastric lavage to remove the medication from your fur baby’s stomach.
Your dog may also need an IV for fluids and to administer medications. In addition, the vet will treat other symptoms as they arise.
The prognosis is best for dogs that receive prompt treatment after ingestion of abortion pills. In the future, it’s best to keep this and all medications out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!