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Posted 11 December 2005 - 10:34 AM

'Hair cure of the human' may harm cats

Dec 2005

You've probably heard of people using "hair of the dog" in an attempt to fight a hangover, but did you know that a "hair cure of the human" can actually harm or kill an unsuspecting cat?

Topical solutions containing minoxidil (like Rogaine) are used to safely promote hair growth in humans, but pose serious health risks to cats.

This occurs when the product has been applied intentionally to areas of hair loss on the cat or where they were accidentally exposed to the solution via licking their human family member's scalp or accidentally walking through the solution if spilled.

Since 2001, six cases involving minoxidil exposure were reported by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. Of these cases, four of the cats died, while two fully recovered after prompt and aggressive veterinary treatment.

Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, APCC medical director and veterinary toxicologist says: "Pet owners need to be aware that even minimal amounts of minoxidil can result in a serious or even fatal situation."

Full Story - http://www.stophairl...ews/News415.htm

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