The use of opioids and dissociative anesthetics, such as fentanyl and ketamine respectively, are essential for veterinarians to treat severe pain and for surgery. However, with the United States facing a human-related opioid crisis, there are cases of pets being injured so their owners can get hold of their drugs." Find out more about this issue in the Links and Resources section and follow the "Simple Tips to Protect You & Those Around You" on our Be Rxesponsible brochure.

  • According to the American Veterinary Association’s 2012 US Pet Ownership and Demographic Source book, there are approximately 800,000 Oklahoma households with a cat or dog. There are approximately 17,885 additional households with horses. 

  • Medications prescribed by veterinarians are often the same as those prescribed for humans.

  • Pet medications may be diverted by people to themselves or others.

  • Prescription medications for animals need to be safely used, safely stored, and safely disposed of when they are no longer needed.  


  •  Veterinarians may prescribe opioids (prescription painkillers) for animal use.

  • Veterinarians need to remind pet owners about the effects of medications on pets and humans.

  • Veterinarians need to encourage “Safe Use, Safe Storage, and Safe Disposal” of prescription medications intended for pet consumption.