The AVMA and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant have created a brochure to inform pet owners about proper disposal of unused medications.
“This brochure carries an important message,” said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, AVMA president. “Many people don’t understand how dangerous medications can be to their pets or to the environment.”
The AVMA encourages veterinarians to provide the brochure to clients and discuss proper use, storage, and disposal of drugs.
“Following the tips in this brochure will help protect children and pets from accidental poisonings and reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals entering our waterways and drinking water supplies,” said Laura Kammin, pollution prevention specialist with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
The brochure, “Prescription for Safety: How to Dispose of Unwanted Medicine,” is available as a downloadable PDF by visiting www.avma.org/products
, clicking on “Brochures,” then clicking on “Client Information.”