Just like us humans, our pet’s medication can go unused; and the disposal of this unused medication is just as important to the safety of man, as it is beast. Medication should never be flushed down the toilet, or re-purposed for another animal. The safest and easiest way to dispose of expired or unwanted mediation is through one of Ontario County’s two free collection days, or through the medication drop-box program.
When you’re ready to dispose of it, be sure to keep the medication in the original containers they came in, or in something similar. Mixing Liquid and tablet medications may cause a chemical reaction that could cause a fire. And if you have any used needles such as those used for the administration of insulin, they will need to be disposed of in appropriate “sharps” bins to make sure no one gets stuck. Your vet may be able to supply you with these containers, which can then be returned to them for collection and incineration.
To learn more about the county’s unused medication collection days, or find the nearest drop box, simply click here. And as always, if you have any questions, you can always contact us for more information.