Several Dogs Dead From Eating Common Skin Cancer Medicine

Five dogs have died after ingesting cream used to treat skin cancer.

The FDA has warned users of fluorouracil or 5-FU and its associated brand names, Carac, Efudex and Fluoroplex, to keep the drugs out of reach of pets. The drug is distributed in plastic tubes, and prescribed to many of those who suffer from skin cancer.

“In one case, two dogs began playing with a tube of fluorouracil and one punctured the tube before their owner could retrieve it. Within two hours, the dog that punctured the tube began vomiting, experienced seizures, and died 12 hours later,” the FDA released in a statement.

In another case, an owner was forced to euthanize their dog after it had gotten sick from eating fluorouracil.