Disposal of pet medication

Any leftover medications or used equipment such as needles and syringes must be disposed of safely and appropriately.

Liquid and tablet forms of medications must be kept separate to avoid any chemical reactions happening between them. There have been reports of fires starting as a result of these types of reactions. Unused tablets should remain in their original packaging if possible; otherwise tablets of the same type should be gathered together and placed in a sealable, child proof container. Liquid medications should be in a sealed, leak proof vessel. These are then ideally disposed of in DOOP bins. DOOP stands for Disposal Of Old Pharmaceuticals. Your vets may accept the medications back to be disposed of from the practice or alternatively may provide you with the appropriate containers. If you have used all the medication and are left with an empty container then you should check whether it is able to be recycled.

If you have any used needles such as those used for the administration of insulin, they must be disposed of in appropriate “sharps” bins which, when full, can close to prevent injury occurring from handling the needles. Your vet may be able to supply you with these containers which can then be returned to your vets for collection and incineration.

If you are in any doubt about the correct way to dispose of medications or used equipment then contact your vet.


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