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Cutaneous hormonal treatments: if you take them, watch out for your pets


Our pets, especially our dogs and cats, share almost everything in our daily lives. In fact, they can be exposed to harmful substances present in the products we use. If we spontaneously think of cleaning products, we often forget that the medications we take can also harm our four-legged friends.

The National Health Security Agency, together with that of veterinary medicinal products (ANMV), thus warns of the risk for dogs and cats of repeated contact with “skin hormone substitutes taken by their owner”.

The agencies specify that these drugs are often applied to the thighs, abdomen or arms, parts of the body likely to come into direct contact with the animal. Corn this exposure can also be indirect, for example via bed sheets,when animals sleep with their masters.

For the animals thus exposed, the consequences are real, and are manifested by a hormonal disorder, inducing for example “swelling of the udders and/or vulva in females, or hair loss”. Signs of return to heat from sterilized females have even been described! And ultimately, the action of estrogen on the bone marrow could jeopardize the life of the animal, warns ANSES. All these hormonal changes are, fortunately, reversible once the animal is sheltered. In the event of suggestive symptoms, it is of course necessary to consult a veterinarian quickly and to evoke this hormonal exposure.

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To avoid exposing your pet to human hormone treatment, ANSES recommends:

  • wash your hands after applying the gel or spray,
  • cover the treated areas with clothing,
  • prevent any licking of the treated areas,
  • avoid sleeping with his animals,
  • in the event of direct contact of the animal with a treated area, prevent it from licking itself and rinse with water the parts of the body which could have been in contact with the drug.

ANSES also reiterates that these recommendations apply to all medicinal products applied to the skin.

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