An online petition requesting Petco to remove a dog calming medicine that contains 13% alcohol has been signed by hundreds of people online.
The medicine Good Dog, by Pet Organics, claims to be a homeopathic way to calm down rowdy dogs with “all natural ingredients.”
Crystal Short, a dog owner, said she was interested in purchasing the meds for her pooch until she read the “inactive ingredient” on the label: 13 percent alcohol. That’s about the same volume of alcohol as in wine.
“Alcohol is one of the things our vet has said very clearly do not let your dog have, along with Xylitol, grapes and chocolate,” Short said.
Even small amounts of alcohol can be toxic to cats and dogs, the pet poison helpline states.
“It is not advisable to recommend products with a high concentration of alcohol for pets,” said Dr. Narda Robinson, a vet and physician at Colorado State University. “If this product has a calming effect, it’s probably because of the alcohol, not because of the homeopathic medicine.”
According to Dr. Tina Wismer, with the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, many herbal meds have an alcohol base.
“They are supposed to be dosed at a couple of drops per animal. Certainly if they ingested the entire bottle and it was a small animal, they may become intoxicated,” said Wismer.
Short is not alone in the battle. More than 500 people have signed the change.org petition requesting Petco to take the medicine off its shelves.
In a statement, a Petco spokesman said that the medicine is supposed to be diluted in water: “When used as directed, this product has no negative effect on pets, and no known pet deaths or illnesses have been associated with this product in the 10 years it has been sold at Petco.”
Source: The Denver Channel