Don't Let Your Pets Near This Skin Cream

Fluorouracil killed 5 dogs who ate it: FDA
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2017 11:53 AM CST
Skin cream sold as Carac, Efudex, and Fluoroplex can be lethal to dogs.   (Getty Images/simarik)

(Newser) – A skin cream used to prevent and treat skin cancer should be kept far away from pets after five dogs ate some and died, FDA officials warn. In one case, two dogs simply punctured a tube of fluorouracil—which kills fast-growing cells, including cancer cells, and is sold as Carac, Efudex, and Fluoroplex—and began vomiting and having seizures. They died 12 hours later, reports NBC News. Officials warn cats may also be at risk, even if they lick skin on which the cream has been applied, are touched by someone using the cream, or are exposed to residue around the house. (Read more pets stories.)

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