Pet Medications Pose a Threat to Kids Study Says

Pet medication, including heartworm pills, pose a poisoning risk for children, a new report shows.

Pediatric researchers found one poison center in Ohio received more than 14-hundred calls related to child exposure to veterinary drugs over 15 years.

The research, published in the American Academy of Pediatrics, says 74.1 million U.S. households own at least 1 pet and one-half of households with a child younger than 19 years old.

The researchers say prevention and education are keys to reducing risk of exposure. Prevention should focus on appropriate product dispensing, home storage practices and proper medication delivery.