Pets can experience a range of untoward effects after accidental exposure to human medications. One such group of agents includes hormones prescribed to reduce the symptoms of menopause, assist with gender transition or for other uses. And to make matters worse, people aren’t often advised how to prevent pet exposure to these drugs.
Some hormonal agents are topical products that people apply to their arms for absorption through the skin. Problems can occur when pets rub against their owners, licking the drug off their arms or absorbing it through their own skin.
Signs of hormone exposure in pets can include hair loss, skin discoloration, changes in appearance of the genitalia and more. Diagnosis depends heavily on details provided by pet parents, including candid information about their own medication use.