Safe Handling of Your Pet’s Chemotherapy Medication

Please read this carefully and then exercise caution when handling this drug.

  • This drug may be hazardous to your health if handled improperly.
  • **If you are pregnant, breast feeding, or trying to conceive, DO NOT HANDLE THIS DRUG IN ANY WAY BEFORE CONSULTING YOUR PHYSICIAN**
  • ALWAYS wear disposable gloves when handling this medication. Remove used disposable gloves carefully, by turning them inside out and then sealing them in a plastic bag. After removing the gloves, wash your hands thoroughly, even if your skin did not make contact with the chemotherapy. When disposing of used gloves, double bag them in the trash.
  • If your pet is prescribed a tablet or capsule, DO NOT crush, split, or alter the tablet or capsule in any way.
  • If your pet is on a liquid chemotherapy, we strongly suggest wearing protective eye gear and/or a protective gown to protect you in the event your pet spits the medicine out and shakes it everywhere.
  • Please exercise caution when handling bodily fluids (urine, feces, vomit) of your pet while they are taking this medication. Wear disposable gloves when handling bodily fluids and/or cleaning the litter box. Wash hands thoroughly when finished.
  • Any towels, bedding, or toys that have bodily fluids on them should be washed in your washing machine – not by hand. Wash them twice in hot water with regular laundry detergent. Do not wash them with other clothes. If they cannot be washed right away seal them in a plastic bag.

Accidental Exposure:

  • If a chemotherapy drug comes into contact with your skin, thoroughly wash the affected area with soap and water, but don’t abrade the skin with a scrub brush. If any redness or irritation develops, contact a doctor. If the drug gets in your eye(s), flush with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes while holding back your eyelids and contact a doctor.
  • If you accidentally spill or splash the medication or bodily fluids, isolate the spill area and keep children and pets away. Clean up the spill as soon as possible. Put on disposable gloves. Soak up the spill with absorbent paper towels. Work from the outside of the spill inward. Then clean the area twice with soapy water using a sponge or paper towels. Double bag and discard all contaminated items.
  • This safety sheet is meant to be used as a guide and may not apply to all chemotherapy drugs. Please make sure you discuss with your veterinarian the specific precautions you should take for your pet and other household members before using this medication