Safe Disposal of Medications
Do you ever wonder what to do with leftover medicines and hypodermic needles used in the treatment of your pet? Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are a leading cause of poisonings in pets, so proper disposal is extremely important. Flushing medications or pouring them down the drain just transfers the drugs into our water system.
Medications used in your home should be disposed of through authorized take-back events, collection receptacles, or drop-off locations. Your local drugstore may have a kiosk for the disposal of medicines, and possibly a receptacle for used needles. The organization StopWaste provides information on hazardous waste disposal in Alameda County on their website, www.stopwaste.org. Information on medicine and prescription drugs specifically is here. The free drop-off facility closest to Alameda is at 2100 East 7th Street in Oakland.
Also, Alameda Pet Hospital can accept medications that have not expired to donate to needy pets, but we cannot accept expired drugs or used hypodermic needles.
Don’t forget that National Pet Week 2018 is May 6-14!
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
8:00 am – 8:00 pm
We will be closed on Memorial Day.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’d like to make an appointment online or check your pet’s medical records, log in to your Pet Portal account below. If you don’t have an account yet, you can also click on the link to sign up. It’s easy!
Pet Portal Login