Features September 2010 Issue

Your Estrogen Can Hurt Your Dog

Prevent your dog from licking your skin if you use topical hormone replacement products. Keep hormone “patches” out of reach of your dog, too.

Your Estrogen Can Hurt Your Dog

Topical hormone replacement products for women can cause health problems in dogs.

Many women use topical estrogen creams, lotions, gels, or sprays to help relieve symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and bone loss. These preparations contain progesterone, estradiol, or similar hormones and are available both over-the-counter and by prescription. According to the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) News Service, veterinarians have recently become aware that symptoms of hyperestrogenism in dogs can be linked to their owners’ use of topical hormone preparations.

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