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What is Drug Poisoning?

Drug poisoning is a common problem for dogs and it may occur in a variety of ways. Any dose of a medication designed for humans, whether prescribed or over the counter, can have adverse effects in a dog due to lower body weight and differences in metabolism. An overdose of a medication that was prescribed by the veterinarian for your dog can also cause poisoning. Poisoning may occur through the misguided intentions of an owner (such as giving a dog an over the counter pain medication designed for humans), or accidental ingestion from a bottle left open or a lid chewed off by your dog. Many pills are sweet tasting and your dog may see them as a treat. Both situations can have serious consequences and your dog will need immediate treatment by a veterinarian. Mild cases are reversible, but severe overdose can cause long term damage or death.

Many different drugs can cause poisoning in dogs when they are not given as prescribed. This is especially true of medications that were intended for humans. Veterinarians define medication overdose in dogs as drug poisoning. Depending on the drug and the amount ingested, this can cause serious illness and even death.

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Symptoms of Drug Poisoning in Dogs

Different symptoms can be present depending on the medication in question. These are some of the most common signs of drug poisoning in dogs. You should take your dog to a veterinarian immediately if you think poisoning is a possibility.

  • Vomiting
  • Drooling or excessive salivation
  • Weakness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Tremors
  • Disorientation
  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Agitation
  • Irregular heartbeat (very rapid or too slow)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pale mucous membranes
  • Lethargy
  • Depressed breathing
  • Seizures
  • Stupor and coma

Types

There are two situations which lead to drug poisoning in dogs.

  • Overdose of a prescribed medication
  • Any dose of a human medication

Accidental and intentional overdose is possible in either of these situations. If a dog gains access to the medication accidentally, a more severe overdose is likely to occur.

Causes of Drug Poisoning in Dogs

These are some of the common drugs that could cause poisoning in your dog.

NSAID’s

  • Aspirin
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen/Advil
  • Naproxen/Aleve/Motrin

Antidepressants, seizure and anxiety medication

  • Benzodiazepines (diazepam and lorazepam among others)
  • Barbiturates
  • Serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • Tricyclic antidepressants 

Other Sleep aids

ADD/ADHD medication

  • Ritalin
  • AdderallBirth control pills

Birth control pills

Heart  and blood pressure medication

  •  Calcium channel blocker
  • BETA blockers
  • ACE inhibitors

Medications to lower cholesterol

  •  Lipitor
  • Zocor
  • Crestor

Diuretics

Muscle relaxants

Some topical agents

  •  5 fluorouracil – used to treat skin cancer
  • Calcipotriene – psoriasis medicine

Chemotherapy Drugs

Diagnosis of Drug Poisoning in Dogs

If you know what drug your dog has been exposed to, this will help considerably with the diagnosis. Bring along the bottle containing the medication you think your dog ingested so that the veterinarian can check the exact ingredients and dosage. It’s also extremely helpful to know the exact time that the poisoning took place. If you didn’t actually see your dog ingest the drug, it’s important to note when symptoms became apparent, as well as the exact nature and severity of the symptoms.

The veterinarian will examine your dog for vital signs, especially blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature. Bloodwork will often be done to check blood oxygen levels and ascertain the degree of the toxicity. Urine tests can also help to determine this. Many medications can cause kidney or liver failure, so additional tests may be done to determine the functionality of these systems.

Treatment of Drug Poisoning in Dogs

If you don’t have immediate access to a veterinarian, calling a poison control hotline for dogs can be a helpful first treatment. Describe the details to the operator, including what drug you think your dog ingested as well as how much and when the poisoning took place. With some drugs, the operator may advise you to induce vomiting by giving your dog hydrogen peroxide with milk or through an eye-dropper. Follow any instructions you are given exactly and get your dog to an emergency treatment facility as soon as possible.

For poisoning that occurred recently, the veterinarian will induce vomiting or have your dog’s stomach pumped to limit further absorption. Activated charcoal is often given if the poisoning occurred within the last few hours. This medication will bind to the drug in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract and help to prevent it from being absorbed. Drugs which have a delayed release may need several doses of charcoal administered over a longer period of time.

Fluids are given in almost all cases of drug poisoning. This will help to maintain blood pressure, as well as diluting the drug and flushing it out of the system faster. Depending on the type of drug that was ingested, medications may be given to support heart or respiratory function.  Central nervous system symptoms such as seizures, tremors, or excessive agitation will also need to be controlled. Your dog will need to stay in a veterinary hospital overnight at the very least, and probably for several days, to ensure that all the systems have returned to normal. Vital signs will be monitored regularly and treatment will be adjusted to control the symptoms until the drug is completely flushed out. The veterinarian will try to treat any damage that has occurred through the poisoning.

Recovery of Drug Poisoning in Dogs

Recovery will depend on the drug, the amount that was ingested, and the immediacy of treatment. Some dogs can recover from even very severe overdoses if they get to the veterinarian right away. Cases where the poisoning was not discovered until later or the cause is unknown are much harder to treat. Your dog’s prognosis will depend on the diagnoses of a veterinarian.

Prevention of drug poisoning is the best form of management. Always act sensibly with your dog’s medications: only give the prescribed dose and avoid giving anything that was designed for humans. Other safeguards include keeping medications in a locked cabinet, or on a high shelf which your dog cannot reach. Don’t leave bottle or tubes lying around even if they are sealed. Many dogs can easily chew through a plastic bottle and may even see it as a new toy.

Drug Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Midge
Dachshund
4 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping all the time

Medication Used

teramil

My 10 pound wiener dog accidentally took my 40 lb dogs Teramil dose. She took 3 pills, when dogs her size are only supposed to take 1/2 a pill. Should I be extremely worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases of suspected overdose you should contact your Veterinarian for preventative treatment; usually inducing vomiting using 3% hydrogen peroxide would be useful but too much time has passed since ingestion. If you notice black tarry stool, vomiting, excessive thirst and urination, abdominal pain or any other worrying symptoms visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
Labrador
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Weakness

Medication Used

Latigo 500

I gave a Latigo 500 tablet to my Labrador yesterday 6am to deworm her. I mixed it with her milk. After an hour she started to breath faster as was running her breath. I thought she will just poop but nothing comes out. She kept on moving and then I noticed her head and the back of her neck is so hot so I put water to eliminate the heat. She gradually calm down and continue to gave her water with sugar so she will not get dehydrated. She does not eat and cannot stand. I only put the mixture of water and sugar in a syringe and put it in her mouth. Although she licks the syringe but she cannot stand and move her hands and legs the same as before.

I kept checking on her and at 8 oclock in the evening I tried to give her dog food and she started eating. At 12 midnight I again gave her the mixture I made and she took it slowly.

At 5am today I gave her again dog food and she ate it. Plus the mixture also. She stood up and walked to her house but still lying down.

She has drunk 2 liters of water already but haven't urinate yet. What will I do now for her to pee and urinate all the food and water she intake?

Thank you doctor!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what type of drug Latigo is, and cannot find it in my database. Given the signs that you are describing for Angel, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to make sure that she has not had some type of toxic event with this drug, and that there isn't anything else that can be done to help her recover. I hope that she is okay.

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Mancha
Cocker Spaniel
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Thirsty
Lethargic
Loss of muscle control

We are visiting family in south America and brought our dog with us, one of our relatives who suffers of different health conditions leaves his pills all over the house. Few days ago our dog started to act more lethargic and today she can't move her rear legs. We brought her to a vet but here they are not very good and cannot explain what is going on with her. They have her an IV and sent her back home after.
We suspect she got poisoned from pills (seizure, anxiety, heart and depression) since we found them all over the house and on the floor.
How can we know if she poisoned and what treatment can ask for?
Any help will be welcomed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without extensive testing we cannot know which specific pills were consumed; if the pills were consumed recently a gastric lavage may help to clean out the stomach and a cathartic. Other than that the only other treatment is supportive and symptomatic therapy for any symptoms which Mancha presents with; it is really a case of waiting for the effects of the pills to pass and for Mancha to recover. If you have the specific medicine names, your Veterinarian may look into each one individually for any adverse effects in dogs (like kidney, liver or any other problems long term). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mocha
Mixed
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

My dog got into potassium asporotate pills (99mg), and I am wondering if it is toxic. I don’t know how many, if any she consumed. They are capsules and melted together from her chewing open the bottle, and there are pills mushed up on her bed. She is 55lbs, and is not showing any symptoms. She could have consumed the pills anywhere between 2-7hrs ago

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst high levels of potassium can pose a health risk particularly to the heart, but I cannot say if too much was consumed due to the lack of information on the amount consumed. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and for fluid therapy to be on the safe side since we don’t know how many capsules were consumed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My son's 10 month old shepherd got a hold of someone's Ritalin for humans. He has been released from the vet thankfully. My question is what and how long will Ares have symptoms from this interaction.

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Niya
Keeshond
15 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

old Joints and chronic UTIs

Our 34-lb Keeshond, who’s 15 yrs old, takes one tablet a day with 600mg of glucosamine hydrochloride and two cranberry chews with 400mg in each chew of N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG). Is this too much daily glucosamine? Or is it ok because they are two different forms of glucosamine? Thank you for your advice. We are worried about overdosing our girl.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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According to an article in the Open Veterinary Journal in 2017, there is no confirmed therapeutic dose for glucosamine in dogs: “There is currently a lack of evidence to confirm a specific therapeutic dose of glucosamine in canines, yet, an adjunctive chondroitin dose of 15-30mg/kg has been suggested (Plumb, 2015). Few in vitro studies have provided bioavailability and pharmacokinetic data differentiating the most optimally absorbed glucosamine formulation in canines.” But looking at other products, 600mg seems to be a normal dose for a dog Niya’s weight. Also, quoted in the same article: “In humans, glucosamine is available in several dosage forms; glucosamine hydrochloride (HCl), glucosamine sulfate (stabilized with different salts, usually potassium chloride) and crystalline glucosamine sulfate. N-acetyl glucosamine is another available salt form, but it appears to have no clinical activity as compared to the other salt forms (Beale, 2004).” I would stay with the glucosamine hydrochloride and not use the chews; whilst the article references humans, it is better to stick with the tablets. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5356289/

Thank you. Niya is on the chews for a different purpose: they have cranberry to control her (formerly) chronic UTIs. She has had nonstop UTIs starting last February until we started her on the cranberry chews (with NAG) last November. She has been UTI-free since then! Does this change your advice?

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Oliver
Maltese
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

My dog is 14 pounds and by accident he got 150 mg of Wellbutrin at 8 pm last night. It is now 13 hours later that we realized the confusion but have also done our research and he is showing no signs of toxicity or anything like that. He is acting like his normal, playful self and eating/drinking like he regularly does. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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All possible poisoning events should be treated as an emergency; however, the minimum toxic dose of bupropion (Wellbutrin) is 10mg/kg and Oliver received 21.43mg/kg which means he may have some lethargy, it is possible that he may present with signs of excessive salivation, agitation, ataxia, tremors, and seizures. The LD50 (lethal dose for 50% of animals tested) for bupropion is around 500mg/kg, Oliver would need 3,500mg of bupropion to be in that range. I would recommend keeping an eye on Oliver (as it is too late for inducing vomiting or activated charcoal), but if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper/Tiffany
Pug
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Gas

I think my one of my pugs bit an advil migraine pill. I found the pill on the floor all dried up. My one pug has had some gas the art week but no other symptoms. My other pug stumbled last Sunday and once today but no other symptoms. Both are acting normally. Should I be worried? If invested a week ago would symptoms already have shown?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Advil contains ibuprofen which is toxic to dogs; symptoms would have presented by now, but if you are concerned I would suggest having blood tests done as toxicity could lead to kidney failure. The toxic dose for a pug would be around 300-400mg. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Labrador Boxer
5
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Increased Appetite
increased thirst
sometimes shallow breathing

Medication Used

Simparica

We have a 5 year old Chocolate Lab/Boxer mix. She is a big girl weighing in at 100 lbs, but not fat just very stocky. At her annual visit our vet recommended Simparica instead of Comfortis. A few days after giving her Simparica we noticed changes. Our dog is constantly thirsty, has an increased appetite and sometimes has shallowed, quick breathing. Could this be a side effect of the Simparica?
Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy are noted side effects of Simparica although if you have noticed a change in Stella’s habits, it still may be related; at this point it is a case of waiting for the Simparica to leave Stella’s system and seeing if the symptoms disappear. There are other causes of these symptoms which should be checked by your Veterinarian if they become more severe or they don’t disappear over time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/simparica/pdf/simparica-pi-2016.pdf

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Gus & Jax
Labrador Retriever
7 Months & 7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I found a chewed up, empty bottle 15mg tablets of Meloxicam that belonged to a human in the house. I haven't found any remains of tablets and I'm not sure if it was full or empty. We have 2 dogs, 1 which is a puppy and the likely culprit but neither of them are presenting any symptoms. It's been over 12 hours. I've called our vet and due to the Thanksgiving holiday they referred me to a 24 hour ER vet. I called them and to treat both dogs for potential poisoning is more than I can afford. What is the normal time frame before symptoms present?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Meloxicam will affect the dogs with different with different timeframes; normally the first is gastrointestinal symptoms which are seen within a few hours which may include vomiting (with or without blood), stomach pain, reduction in appetite, diarrhoea followed by diarrhoea with blood. There will be an increase in water consumption and it is possible that the amount ingested by cause damage to the kidneys. In this case, I would speak with whoever the meloxicam was prescribed to to determine whether the container was fully, empty or otherwise; afterwards I would advise you call the Pet Poison Helpline (link below) who will talk you through any possible options you may have at home (they have lots of experience with these types of cases). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/meloxicam/

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Rocky
Dachshund
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None so far

My dog ate about a fourth of one of my wellbutrin pills. Each pill is 50mg. He ate it about 10 minutes ago. Right now he is sleeping on the couch, and seemingly has no symptoms. I'm not sure what to do. Help?

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Simba
Pitbull mix
Approximately 3-5 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Randomly stops any activity and stares off

Medication Used

none

I think I rescued a dog from Craigslist that has been given or exposed to drugs like speed type illicit drugs and for a long period of time and now since no longer with the original owner and no longer exposed to ANYTHING is possibly detoxing but what signs can I look for to see if it's that or something else since he's vet appointment has been rescheduled for a week because of hurricane Irma

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Exposure to speed or other amphetamines will cause symptoms during the ‘high’ and through withdrawal; tremors, head bobbing, seizures, heart rate changes and lethargy are all possible side effects. Since you are unable to see a Veterinarian due to hurricane Irma, I would highly recommend calling the Pet Poison Helpline who will be able to give you accurate information about drug toxicity and may be able to guide you to give supportive care during this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/amphetamines/ www.merckvetmanual.com/toxicology/toxicities-from-human-drugs/toxicities-from-illicit-and-abused-drugs

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Bob
Labrador
3 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Greetings i have a 3 months old lab puppy and to be honest this is my 1st time to have a dog and i have no idea of vaccinations and deworming etc. so i just deside to take him to the vet just to check his health. he was givin tablet and i dont know the name because the doctors hand writing was so confusing not clear given but hours later when we went home, my puppy started to vommit and has diarrhea and wont eat his food. my puppy vommited many times and diarrdea the whole night. In the morning i saw him very weak and not eating and i was alarmed when i saw him vommiting yellow fluids. So i took him back to the vet and explained what happen. They gave him 4 shots and again in the receipt the doctors hand writing was not clear but the only thing i can read in the 4 shots is Omeprazule and Axeibiotic..at the end of the day my puppy is still weak, not eating and still vommiting but is a clear fluid..i am worried that he will not survive what must i do??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases it is important to ensure that Bob remains hydrated especially if vomiting and has diarrhoea; the two medications you have mentioned: omeprazole reduces the level of acid in the stomach and axeibiotic I am not sure about, it may be antibiotic but unsure and who knows which one. For the time being, ensure Bob is drinking and try to encourage appetite with boiled chicken and rice since it is not irritating to the stomach. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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shade
Boston Terrier and chihuaha
6 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

None yet

my dog may have licked a bag that had cocaine residue , she got into the trash and found a cut off corner of a bag on the ground near the trash she's showing no abnormal symptoms yet however i would rather be safe then sorry . what symptoms should i watch for and what can i do immediately to help if she starts acting strange

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typical symptoms of cocaine poisoning are hyperactivity, tremors, twitching, seizures and in some cases death; if you suspect that Shade has consumed a large amount you should visit a Veterinarian regardless for an examination, otherwise keep a close eye and look for changes in behaviour and activity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/cocaine-poisoning www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/cocaine/

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Tori
Yorkshire Terrier
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I by accident gave my 7.5 yorkie 4 ml two days in a row when in fact she was suppose to get 0.4 ml of Azythromycin liquid suspension 200/5ml bottle. The pharmacy gave me a syringe and I saw the 4ml mark and thought that was her dosage. She woke up first morning after getting it very sick to her stomach and she ate grass, still not knowing I gave her her second dose yesterday at 5pm she vomited like 3 times, but no other side affects so I got a hold of my vet before giving it to her this evening, and thank goodness I didn't she was like NO and told me the line on the syringe I was suppose to be dosing her at and told me not to give her any more. She also said the pharmacy should have gone over the dosing with me but She is not at her office but told me to try n get a hold of an emergency clinic, which I did and they did not give me any information. My yorkie is peeing fine and eating ok today doesn't seem to be nauseated. She has not pooed today though. Her eyes are clear no yellowing. Any info would be appreciated. She is 6 years old and weighs 7.6 pounds.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This can be a stressful time and symptoms of any liver issues may take some time to present, luckily you didn’t complete the course at that dosage; I do not have any specific data of over dosage or toxicology information to hand but keep an eye on Tori for the time being and contact the Pet Poison Helpline for statistics and data. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/antibiotic/ http://explore.vetdepot.com/medications/Azithromycin/

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Zoey
Yorkshire Terrier
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check
None

Medication Used

None
none

May have ingested 5 mg oxybutyine

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Although I usually recommend visiting your Veterinarian in any case of suspected poisoning, 5mg of oxybutynin should not pose a health risk to Zoey. Overdose symptoms are vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, loss of appetite, fever and seizures. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

my 9 month old dog ate 24 of my 5 mg pills of oxybutynin. I did not discover the cause of the poisoning until 5 hours later but had taken him to the vet immediately who gave him fluids. He is still hacking and eating grass 24 hours later. He is better but not ok. We were awake all night long. His stomach is obviously hurting him.

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M girl
Airedale Terrier
12 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No symptoms noticed so far.

1 year old dog ate approx. 4 of her Simparica flea/tick pills. She's acting fine, running, drinking (but not excessively) and seems to be OK. What should we do or look for?
She has not vomited, had diarrhea or any other noticeable symptoms.

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Celine
Mix pomerian and shitzhu
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Languid

Dear vet,
I just give my dog pirantel pamoat for de-worming medicine. I give it double doses of her weight. She's look like languid. What should i do because there are no vet in here. Can i give it some milk to release the drug effect? Really need your advice as soon as possible. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pyrantel pamoate has a very wide therapeutic margin and it is generally safe if given in larger doses, even more than double the dose. However, side effects and symptoms of overdose are rare; but if you are noticing worrying symptoms you may induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide and give activated charcoal. Vomiting and diarrhoea may occur; but if you have further concerns visit an Emergency Clinic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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balley
German Shepherd
5 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

so i believe that my dog has had some sort of drugs put in her system she is walking drunk like she was not coherent last night. also it has now been 22 hrs since i took her to the vet they said it was thc over dose an that she would be fine in the morning she is still acting the same way as last night now she is having runny stools an is going to the bathroom uncontrolled she also has a hard time at walking i asked the vet to do a drug test to make sure it was not something else but the vet told me there was no need for it an that i would be just wasting my money that he is 99% sure that the dog got a hold of some weed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There has been a significant increase in weed poisoning (as well as dogs licking tables after owners have snorted cocaine etc…), however the symptoms of walking drunk may be attributable to many different causes including infections (particularly ears), other poisoning, head trauma, vestibular disease, liver failure, kidney failure among other causes. During this time it is important to make sure that she is hydrated and comfortable, but without performing an examination I cannot give you any indication; I would recommend returning to your Veterinarian (or other Veterinarian) and having a blood test to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chloe
Yorkshire Terrier
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Vomiting
Panting
Lethargy

My 8lb yorkie ate at least 100mg of ambien in the last two days. I’m not sure if they were consumed all at the same time. I found the bottle chewed and she has been vomiting on and off for two days. I’m not sure if there is anything I can do. The vet said to just wait and see. Does that seem right?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Symptoms of toxicity of Ambien (zolpidem) in dogs generally result in an elevated heart rate and agitation along with lethargy, walking drunk and other symptoms; however in large doses liver failure is a concern. I couldn’t find a toxic or lethal dose for dogs from a reliable source, but I would recommend you consult with the Pet Poison Helpline to get some up to date information on toxicity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/ambien-poisoning www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ambien/

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Lola
Pug
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I left the house to go pick my mum up from hospital so was in a rush. My french bulldog whos 7 months ripped open my prescription medication I dont know how many they have had because they were chewed into halves and quarters on the floor they were co-codimal, citalopram and naproxen. Im worried because my 6 month pug who is small for a pug has been vomiting like foamy bubbles and is now sleeping. Ive just been trying to make her drink and gave her a few tubes of plain pasta to try soak anything. She did try eating some grass so actually wants to be sick. Im so angry at myself and so worried about her should I continue to watch her closely and see if theres any more signs or if she perks up by morning? Shes usually a very excitable puppy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Lola has consumed these medications you should induce vomiting (if consumed in the last two hours) with 3% hydrogen peroxide and give some activated charcoal; if it has been longer since she consumed them you should visit a Veterinarian immediately as medications like naproxen are highly toxic to dogs and will cause kidney failure if consumed in large enough doses (one tablet in a dog Lola’s size can be too much). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/naproxen-poisoning www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/naproxen/

He also weighs 7 pounds.

hi, I am curious on Lola's recovery. My 11 month old Malshi got a hold of 250mg of naprozen (Alleve) and I got him to the vet in under an hour. I am so anxiety ridden and do not know what to expect, because the next 48-72 hours are crucial. He is being treated. Please let me know the outcome of Lola and what your opinion is Dr. Callum.

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Kittykat
Chihuahua
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequently going out
Confusion
Unsettled
Sleepiness

Medication Used

Anti diarrhea meds for humans

My 14 lb Chihuahua (16 yrs old) had bad diarrhea for a couple days. I gave her an anti diarrhea pill (for humans) and later the same day gave another one. She has slept a lot but otherwise seemed ok. Now hours later she seems unsettled. She has gone out a few times (not sure what or if she did anything). She seems a little off, lays down but sometimes gets up like she wants to go out but then doesn’t go out.. walks around then lays back down... it has me worried. I’m on disability and can’t take her to the vet until my check comes (3wks from now) so I’m very worried. Can you please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine KittyKat, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on with her, and whether the diarrhea may be more complicated. Many clinics do offer a 'free first exam' that may allow you to have her examined by a veterinarian, as three weeks is a long time to wait if she is having problems. I hope that she is okay.

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nala
Chihuahua
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
low heart rate
flinching when approaching her face
Lethargic

my dog ingested marijuana earlier this evening, and started showing signs around an hour later. (I had no idea she had even been exposed to it) I took her to the vet (also, keep in mind she is a 5 lb chihuahua...) vet ran thc test came back positive, and ran some blood to outrule other stuff. Her symptoms have gotten a bit better and I am home now letting her rest, but monitoring her heart rate every so often to make sure shes breathing etc... my question is, what specific symptoms should cause concern? I know to be worried if her heart rate drops and all that, but how do I identify body shakes (chihuahua shakes are normal for her...) and other things that would be a sign of it getting worse.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally concerning symptoms are drop in heart rate, drop in body temperature, tremors (which are unusual to any usually presented with), ataxia, nystagmus (uncontrolled movements of the eyes) or anything else which is worrying; if your Veterinarian was concerned, they would have kept Nala in for observation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/marijuana-poisoning www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pet-safety-tips/marijuana-toxicity-pets/ www.vetstream.com/treat/canis/diseases/cannabis-poisoning

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Rocky
Yorkshire Terrier
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

over urinary
over drinking

My dog ate some of my pain killers about 2 days ago but he looks fine but he is drinking a lot and peeping a lot. Should i take him to the vet, or will it pass?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without knowing what kind of medication that he ate, or how much, it is impossible for me to comment on whether he will be okay. Most OTC human NSAIDS are quite toxic to dogs kidneys in larger doses, and the fact that he is drinking and urinating a lot may mean that his kidneys are in serious trouble. He should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible, for bloodwork and possible IV fluid therapy. I hope that he will be okay.

Seizure with foam coming out from mouth, 7 times. 5 times after like 10 mins and 2 times after like 30 mins.
Was giving the pup some medicine's for cold and cough.
Is it drug overdose or something else.?
Please help.

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Shadow
Coton de Tulear
24 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Laying around

My 18 pound dog swallowed a Zocar pill. It is used for high clorestrol in humans. Gave her a lot of dog food afterwards to sort of coat her stomach. Is she in danger?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thankfully Zocor (simvastatin) has a wide safety margin and the largest ingestions will only cause mild vomiting. Monitor Shadow for the next day or two to be on the safe side but I wouldn’t be too concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks so much for reassuring me

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Wyatt
Bichon Frise
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None so far

I gave my small dog the wrong dosage of simpirica. He should have had the 20 mg but I gave him the dose for my big dog which is 120 mg. Is that going to cause him problems and what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Simparica (sarolaner) is a safe medication with a wide safety margin, I have only toxicology data for up to five times over dose but Wyatt received six times the recommended dose; however, only isolated issues occurred at five times recommended dose. I would keep an eye on Wyatt and contact your Veterinarian on Monday morning or call the manufacturer (1-888-963-8471). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/simparica/pdf/simparica-pi-2016.pdf

I have a 6 month old rat terrier Chihuahua mix that I believe I dropped my one of my roxycodone 20 mg pills and I don't know for sure when she would of took it but she started acting different not wanting to play with her toy and she always played with her toy I don't know she showing signs of weakness acting like she's having a little convulsion of seizures biting at things that isn't there acting very disoriented and away I just want to know if she will be okay I gave her some milk and some Pepto bismo and she is laying down now she still is very alert though when you holler name her ears go up and she will look as you if you can give me any advice that would be great

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Izzy
Golden Retreiver
17 Weeks
Fair condition
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Hello! Izzy is a 19 week old Golden Retriever, and while I was sleeping she got into my overnight bag and chewed packets of ancephtamine they were high in dosage. I have not been seeing any weird behavior out of her, what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should contact a Veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately (preferably a Veterinarian) for examination and supportive care; the symptoms of poisoning may not be immediate and may take a while to present. It is most likely too late to induce vomiting, but seek Veterinary care immediately and take what is left of the package/label of the tablets with you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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Layla
Border Collie
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Medication Used

Sertraline blufish 50 mg

Hi. My dog ate quarter of sertralin bleufish 50 mg. And she got diarrhea, only first two times she pooped but then it went back to normal. I didnt noticed until 2 days later because i found the pill then. I just thought it was stress, because i went away for few hours that day. She eats normal and also drinks normal. Can it cause any long term illness in the future ? And will she be ok ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The toxic dose for sertraline in dogs is 20mg/kg (10mg/lb) with a lethal dose of 80mg/kg (40mg/lb); if Layla consumed just a quarter of a 50mg tablet she would have consumed 12.5mg which may cause gastrointestinal symptoms and tremors which should subside after it leaves her system. If you are looking for an assurance, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian with her being a puppy to make sure everything is alright. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Millie
Pittbull mix
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not drinking water
Vomiting in morning
Not moving much
Just laying there
No worms in throw up
she popped and threw up worms last night.
Seizures
Not eating food

I wormed my puppy last night. I gave her the right amount. But she is throwing up foam ??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be normal for a dog to experience vomiting and to expel worms after being given anthelmintics, but I am concerned about the seizures. If Millie is having seizures, visit your Veterinarian for supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Started pooping blood. Parvo?? I

I'm sorry I didn't mean to put seizures. But she is still throwing up white foam? It's happened way more than once

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Max
Miniature Schnauzer
Eleven Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomitting
Vomiting

My dog ingested something in human feces in the park across the road just a couple of hours ago. He was brought home and washed but after eating his meal, he appears woozy, has now thrown up and is swaying when he stands. We have given him hydrogen peroxide, now what?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem is that we don’t know what Max may have consumed; if he has loss of balance and other concerning symptoms you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian for supportive care. Vomiting is useful within two hours or less of consumption, any longer and it causes unnecessary distress. You should try to keep him comfortable and hydrated, but take him to an Emergency Veterinarian if he isn’t improving. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Remington
Toy Poodle
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

See description

What is the toxic dose of Simparica?

I was given a 40 mg tablet by the vet and didn't notice until after he chewed all of it.

He's been jerking, had tremors all night, hypervigilant, jumpy with any little sound, poor appetite, clingy, uncoordinated walking (has since resolved), & no bowel movement since ingestion.

I have rec'd little feedback from his regular vet.

Thank you!
Angela

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Simparica (sarolaner) is licensed for use in dogs over six months of age and dosage is dependant on weight; a 40mg tablet is suitable for dogs between 10 and 20kg (22 to 44lb). In animal safety studies, dogs under six months of age were prone to neurological symptoms which ceased at six months of age; in the animal safety studies, some dogs receiving three times and five times the recommended dose exhibited neurological symptoms including tremors, ataxia and seizures (prescribing information on the link below). It is a case of waiting out the symptoms for the active ingredient to pass through the body. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/simparica/pdf/simparica-pi-2016.pdf

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Oz
Akita
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None so far

My 80lb dog had 17 75mg rimadyl tabs at once. Took him to vet here in Mexico. He tried to induce vomiting but was unsuccessful. Have 2 meds to help my dogs stomach. How long before I know my dog is out of the woods? It's been 3hours with no symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is an extremely high overdose for your dog. He needs to be hospitalized on IV fluid therapy and given supportive care if they were unable to induce vomiting. Peak drug concentrations occur about 3 hours after ingestion, and the results of toxicity include GI bleeding and kidney failure. Without aggressive intravenous therapy, there is a very high chance that his kidneys will suffer irreparable harm. Signs of kidney failure include lethargy, decreased appetite, increased urinationaand drinking, vomiting, and diarrhea. I sincerely hope that you are able to find help for him.

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Apollo
Australian Cattle
9 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Not responding well
Dialated pupil in my puppy
Crying
howling noise
Loud Breathing
Agitated

My dog ingested 100mg of Trazadone( we think) and spent 10 hours in the hospital today. He was also 10% dehydrated from having diarrhea for the last week. He is home with me now. He is peeing a lot and his stool is better! He did have 3-4 bags of fluid. Now 20 hrs after ingesting the pill and 6 hrs after we took him home he will eat but not drink. Should I be considered or is it he had so many bags? Right now hes trying to play very rough. He's super happy. I'm trying to keep him as calm as I can.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Apollo is adequately hydrated and this is the reason for him not drinking, also if he is eating wet food the moisture content will contribute to his hydration. I would check his hydration level by checking his capillary refill time by pressing his gum in one spot so it turns white, let go and count until the blood fills the capillaries again turning the area red; this should take two seconds or less, if it takes longer the blood is more viscous due to dehydration and Apollo may require more fluid therapy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

He's gums look great and his skin is bouncing right back. Is it ok for him to be so happy and playful this soon. The drug test came up positive for cocaine Because of the cross reaction with trazadone. In fact I'm taking 4 medications that if you take enough of them it will test positive for cocaine. My Lexapro trazadone, Oxycodone, and Tramodal

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Napoleon
schnauzer
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None yet

My Schnauzer "Napoleon" 7 months old , 17 lbs, ate half of 20 mg fluoxetine . he looks ok. but im just wondering if it is poisoning
He is happy and already ate and he is drinking water as usual
thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. 10 mg Fluoxetine is not a toxic dosage for a 17 pound dog, thankfully! You may notice that he is more sedate than normal, and if he has any signs of seizures, vomiting or diarrhea, he should be seen by your veterinarian, as he may need supportive care.

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Checka
Chihuahua
5 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking, not eating,sleepy,cold

I have two dogs 1 is 2 lb and the other one is 10 lb.they both ate some weed. I gave him hydrogen peroxide 3% 1 ml per pound ,they both threw up twice. unfortunately right now I'm unemployed and I cannot afford to take them to the vet because I have no source of income. my question is ,what do I do now ?do I let them go to sleep ?do I let them eat? PLEASE HELP

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you were able to induce vomiting immediately after consumption there would be little chance for the weed to be absorbed; however you should follow up with activated charcoal to absorb any remaining residue of the weed that was ingested. Symptoms of poisoning usually present within three hours, but if you notice any symptoms listed on this page you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/marijuana-poisoning www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/marijuana/

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Boston
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Restless
Tremors
Spasms

Medication Used

Bisolvon
prednisone

Hi, my vet prescribed my 18 month cavalier with bisolvon and prednisone to help treat a suspected bronchitis. He took two doses fine but the third dose he has had a reaction. He has small spasms and while sleeping next to me feels jittery. He’s very unsettled and restless. Won’t walk up or down stairs he usually would. Is this from the medication? It’s been 11 hrs since taking and no change. Will this wear off? Will my dog be ok?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bisolvon (bromhexine) is normally well tolerated in dogs at it’s therapeutic dose; I don’t know of any side effects which correlate with the behaviour that Boston is presenting with. You should visit your Veterinarian for a check up to determine whether you continue with the current course of treatment or alter dosage, medications etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
Australian sheppard
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up

I gave my Australian shepherd deworming medication and it was correct amount now she is acting strange by the way she's walking a little crooked and acting like she will puke by making gaging sounds . She was fine after medicine was given to her she got treats and went and buried them and is now acting strange 4 hours later I don't know if she got bit by something when she was outside or if it is the medicine

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Anthelmintics don’t have many side effects apart from vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy; some older medications may have more possible side effects including dizziness but modern medications are generally safe. Depending on the product used, there are numerous side effects listed which can be found in the product insert. If Sadie continues to show symptoms, visit your Veterinarian for an examination and symptomatic therapy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

9lbs dog ate pain pill for 40 lbs

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Fynn
Huskey Wolf hybrid
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 9 week old puppy Fynn is 7-8lbs he ate a cold pill I dropped (he was right at my feet) containing 325mg of acetaminophen this was around 2 hrs ago he ate a little after and has steady been drinking water I attempted to induce vomiting but was unsuccessful he seems to be fine was up playing with my other dog and is now laying at my feet which again is normal should I be worried a d take him to an emergency vet hospital?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A toxic dose of acetaminophen is typically 200mg/kg or more so Fynn consumed less than this, but since he is a young pup I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to check for elevated liver values. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/acetaminophen-toxicity www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/acetaminophen/

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Scout
Husky
12 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

I have a 12 week old husky. She recently was diagnosed with giardia and was given metronidazole. Our other dog who is big enough to sometimes get up on the counters got up there and grabbed the pill bottle. Then my little husky grabbed it and started chewing on it. And broke it open before I saw it and immediately grabbed it. I'm fairly certain that she didn't get any of the pills after counting but just wanted to check the severity if she would have. It has been about 24 hrs and I haven't noticed any symptoms.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Symptoms of metronidazole toxicity may present within hours or within ten days; however, metronidazole thankfully has a wide therapeutic margin and overdosing is rare. Neurological symptoms are most common effects of overdose of metronidazole, however if you have any concerns, it would be best to consult with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/metronidazole-flagyl-toxicity
http://vetgirlontherun.com/metronidazole-toxicity-vetgirl-veterinary-ce-video-blog/

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Honey
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
5 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My Corgi chewed open a bottle of Reese's Pinworm Medicine. I'm assuming she drank some, I'm just not sure how much as there was quite a bit on the floor. The ingredients are: Pyrantel Pamoate, Banana flavor, citric acid, glycerin, lecithin, magnesium aluminum silicate, methylcellulose, povidone simethicone, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, sodium saccharin, sorbitol and water. She is approx. 35-40 lbs. Time of ingestion is unknown. Approx. 3-5 hrs from the time this was posted. She isn't showing any abnormalities or symptoms, and is acting completely normal. Any advice you can give would be appreciated! Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The margin of safety for Pyrantel Pamoate, which is the active ingredient in this medication, is very large for dogs. It is unlikely that this will cause any toxic side effects for her, but it may give her some GI upset. It would be best to monitor her for 24-48 hours for any signs of vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, or anything that just doesn't seem right with her, and have her seen by a veterinarian if any of those signs occur.

Thank you so much! Feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. :)

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Mickie
Havanese
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Quite

I gave my 10 pound dog 10mg instead of 4mg of diphenhydramine for allergies, I gave him milk to drink and he is breathing weird, what should I do? He is acting like he needs to blow his nose

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The normal dosage of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for dogs is 1mg/lb (up to in certain cases 2mg/lb) meaning that Mickie didn’t receive an overdose of diphenhydramine; the breathing changes may be attributable to something else, if you have concerns, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/benadryl-poisoning

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Logan, Dean, Gambit, Monster
Pit mixes and one hearding mini dog
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Yes. I didn’t actually see my dog ingest medication. But I’m missing four 1 mg pills of risperidal. I found the other ones in apile on the ground. I have four dogs so I don’t know which one would have ingested them if they were even ingested.

How long should I look for symptoms? So far they have none. This is their nap time right now so they are all sleeping. They are their food they are drinking water. Nothing out of the ordinary. When should the worry period end?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Risperdal (the brand name for risperidone) is not a veterinary drug, so there is no safety data in dogs. Ideally, it would be best to have the four dogs examined by a veterinarian since you don't know which one ate it. Overdose symptoms include lethargy, weakness, muscle tremors, ataxia and seizures. If any of them show signs of these things, they should be seen immediately. And, of course, secure any medications that you have so that these accidents cant happen, as dogs eat things that they shouldn't.

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oreo
Rat Terrier
<1
Fair condition
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Fair condition

+Not sure but I think 1 one my dogs ate approx. 9 flexeril capsules. Has no Symptoms right now and unable to induce vomiting due to lack of hydrogen peroxide. Any other advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The most common symptoms of poisoning in dogs of cyclobenzaprine are lethargy and ataxia. Cyclobenzaprine is quickly absorbed into the blood stream, so the induction of vomiting is important to do (ask a neighbour if they have 3% hydrogen peroxide); otherwise visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian. I don’t have any toxicology data for cyclobenzaprine in dogs so I cannot advise you of any further symptoms of lethal dosage. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leia
Boxer
6 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Medication Used

Birth control

My puppy is 6 months old and weighs about 17kg
I found out last night she has taken about 9 birth control tables it is a progesterone only pill cerazette I think it called
I think she took it about 10 hours before I notice
She is her normal self not showing any signs at all of anything .
Will this cause any problems ?
Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Progesterone used in Cerazette is a relatively low dose of 75 micrograms which is significantly lower than the therapeutic doses used in veterinary medicine, thankfully there was no estrogen; I would keep an eye on Leia in the meantime but I would recommend speaking with your Veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline if you notice any changes in behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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Oreo
Yorkipoo
About 5
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Vomiting

My child gave my dog 4 alive pills on Wednesday and ever since then he has been vomiting a lot. He's not eating but we are getting him to drink a lot of water. Can you give me advice on what I should do or what to give him before it's too late

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I am assuming that the pills were Aleve not Alive. Aleve is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug containing naproxen which whilst safe in humans, is toxic in dogs (as well as cats) and can cause gastric irritation, ulceration and in severe cases perforation. Usual clinical signs are vomiting (with blood), black tarry stool (due to the presence of digested blood), abdominal pain, loss of appetite, twitching, seizures and death. Please visit your Veterinarian immediately as one tablet is enough to cause death in some cases. Also ensure that you keep your medications out of the reach of children and pets. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

my black lab is 11 months old and weighs 90 lbs. he ate 150 mg of propafenone. what should i do

My 9 year old Female Cocker grabbed 3 Flexeril 10 mg. tabs off the floor (which I had dropped) before I could stop her she ate them. (She had done this a couple years ago and was fine afterward.)
Now she is off & on breathing as if she has something caught in the back of her mouth, which has her making it sound like she needs to cough up something. When this happened a couple years ago, once in awhile she made this sound, but it was nothing we were worried about.
(At that time I was thinking that the Mussel Relaxer had RELAXED the mussels in her windpipe to the point that it was making that sound come out...well, I think that it is what's happening again, but more often.)
Since I have been out of work for over 4 years I do not have the money to taker her to the vet (I'm still paying for the time that someone left our gate open and our male Cocker was hit by a car and had to have metal plate put in to hold his hip together.) So, cash is not at hand to get to our Vet.
So, Please...PLEASE tell me if there is anything I can get to flush the Flexeril out of her system (since from what I seen on the Web, that is what the Vet would do.)

Thank You Very Much For Your Time.
Sincerely,
Anastasia Agape'

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Chloe
Yorkshire Terrier
10 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

I am only supposed to give my dog a 4th of a pill (I think it's a steroid for her stomach, lots of gi issues) but accidentally gave a full one. This happened about 2.5 hours ago and she is acting totally normal.

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The type of steroid and the dose of the tablet will have a bearing on the outcome; generally signs of overdose are vomiting (with blood), black tarry stools, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, panting, increased thirst and urination. Keep an eye out for these symptoms and if you have concerns visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beau
Toy Malshi
11 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

My 11 month Malshi, who weighs 7 pounds got a hold of my Alleve of 250mg liquid gel tabs. I noticed right away and we got him to the vet under an hour. He has been there for 24 hours and his blood work looks great thus far, but I know the next 48-72 hours are the most crucial. I am extremely worried about the worst case scenario because of his size. What should I expect? Do you think he will make a recovery, because he was being treated instantly? He has had NO symptoms at all and was playing and wagging his tail when I visited him in the vet ER. He seems to be in great condition, but I am aware that this is a potential lethal dose for him, I am hoping and praying for the best. Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email - your quick actions probably saved Beau's life. If you were able to get him in within the hour and have them induce vomiting and start him on fluid therapy, he should be okay. Since the gel capsules absorb quickly, there is a possibility of kidney failure, but being on IV fluids to flush his system out is the best place for him to be. I hope that he makes a full recovery!

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Casper
Labrador Retriever
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None

My sister left the medicine cabinet open. It has been one day and no symptoms showing. I found a few plastic wrappers ( they were on the bottom shelf. Meds on the upper shelf) around. No signs of medicine lying around. It might have thyroid medicine and high blood pressure meds for humans. He is acting normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations

Any case of suspected poisoning should be seen by your Veterinarian. Side effects of consumption of thyroid and blood pressure medicine include: vomiting, diarrhoea, skin sensitivity, lethargy, increased thirst, respiratory problems, dizziness etc… Also, other medicines present may be toxic for dogs and may cause kidney or liver failure over time if consumed (if you don’t know what was there). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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