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What is Ibuprofen Poisoning?

Most people have ibuprofen in their medicine cabinets, purses, drawers, or just somewhere in their house.  It is a common medication many of us take without a second thought which makes it one of the most common toxicities in pets.  While it isn’t harmful to the average person due to its wide margin of safety in people, a very small amount can be harmful to a dog.  Ibuprofen reduces production of inflammation but also reduces production of substances used to protect the lining of the stomach; this is what causes stomach ulcers in many toxicity cases.  Other side effects include other gastrointestinal distress, renal failure, and damage to the central nervous system.

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation in humans.  It is available in many generic forms, but the most common brand names include Advil, Midol, and Motrin.  If you see your pet consume the medication, you can induce vomiting to avoid the body beginning the absorption process, but if your pet ingests a significant amount or if you don’t realize it until some time has passed, you need to contact your vet immediately.

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Symptoms of Ibuprofen Poisoning in Dogs

Some symptoms occur quickly, either immediately or within a few hours, such as vomiting and diarrhea.  Other symptoms may occur over time and you may not realize it, such as stomach ulcers.  Long term and short term symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Ataxia
  • Weakness
  • Tachycardia
  • Pale mucus membranes
  • Dyspnea
  • Agitation
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Renal failure
  • Depression of the central nervous system
  • Death

Types

Ibuprofen is the generic name of the drug.  However, it is a component of many drugs that go by another name; their trade name.  Advil, Motrin (children and adults), Midol, and some allergy medications are just a few.  However, the generic name of ‘ibuprofen’ legally has to be on the medication label, so if you are unsure it contains it, just look on the label.  Ibuprofen comes in both liquid and solid form.

Causes of Ibuprofen Poisoning in Dogs

Ibuprofen is quickly absorbed after it is consumed and begins to inhibit the production of COX-1 enzymes.  COX-1 enzymes produce the protective layer of the stomach, help maintain renal blood flow, and help platelets to clot when needed.  Since ibuprofen works against and prevents the production of these things, that’s what makes it so dangerous to dogs.  Not to mention some forms of ibuprofen have an additional ingredient that makes it sweet to dogs, increasing the chance of ingestion.

Diagnosis of Ibuprofen Poisoning in Dogs

If there is the slightest chance your dog got into ibuprofen, please contact your veterinarian immediately.  Your vet will conduct a physical exam looking for any of the side effects listed above.  Blood work might also be suggested to get a better assessment of the damage:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis
  • Renal panel

 Bring the bottle with you when you go to your veterinarian so they know exactly what may have been consumed.

Treatment of Ibuprofen Poisoning in Dogs

The outcome all depends on the amount of ibuprofen ingested and the reaction time.  If inducing vomiting doesn’t work, your veterinarian may give your pet activated charcoal at intervals throughout the day.  This will prevent the GI tract from absorbing the medication and hopefully prevent the advancement of side effects.  Some cases may require your pet to receive fluid therapy, flushing of the stomach, additional medications to treat the resulting side effects (anti-emetic, soothing medications for the stomach, etc.), blood transfusions in serious cases, and other supportive care.

Recovery of Ibuprofen Poisoning in Dogs

If the ingestion of ibuprofen was discovered and treated in a relatively quick time, prognosis is good with proper treatment.  However, if you wait too long to take your pet to the veterinarian, or if they consumed more than their system can handle, it is possible treatment will fail.  The sooner you take your pet to the veterinarian, the higher your chances of a full recovery.

Ibuprofen Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Winston
Mutt
13 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None. Drank some water now playing

My son had a fever and I gave him 10 ml of children's motrin. He drank it and I put on his kids table. I went to get him a drink and our puppy jumped up and started licking the cup. My son grabbed it after he got a few licks in. I looked inside the dosage cup and there was still remnants of motrin at the bottom. Should I do anything? This happened a hour and half ago and showing no symptoms.he weighs 21 lbs

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is unclear how much Winston may have eaten of the ibuprofen solution, or how much he weighs. It is difficult to know from this information whether he may have eaten a toxic dosage. It seems that if he only licked a few licks of the solution after your son drank the majority of it, that he may not have actually ingested very much at all. It would be best to have him seen by your veteirnarian, as ibuprofen can cause GI ulceration and kidney problems. Your veterinarian may want to draw a blood sample and check his kidney function.

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Kohi
CavaTzu
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hiya, I have just returned from the emergency vet; my 1 yr old CavaTzu (weighs 12.5kg) had eaten some childrens Neurofen / ibuprofen. I know she ate between 800 to 1000mg. It could have been hours since she first ingested- I had been at work all day, so likely it had already been absorbed. The vet induced vomiting, and our dog is being kept in for fluids and tests etc. I know I wont sleep much tonight as Inwill be worrying. How bad is the dose that she has ingested? I am so worried we are going to lose her :( The vet said she "should" be ok, but I would appreciate some stats/ figures if possible.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ibuprofen poisoning may cause acute renal failure especially if consumed in a dose over 175mg/kg; if Kohi consumed 1,000mg this would mean that a dose of 80mg/kg was consumed which is serious but not past that threshold, it should be noted that doses of 25mg/kg is enough to cause gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting. The link below is a good source for more information and I would take the lead from your Veterinarian, but Kohi is not out of the woods yet and different dogs respond differently to toxicity events. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/toxciology-brief-ibuprofen-toxicosis-dogs-cats-and-ferrets

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K
Yorkie mix
3 Years
Fair condition
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none

My dog may have eaten 1 200 mg ibuprofen a few hours ago. He’s around 17lbs. He just went to the vet for a GI upset. He’s on a probiotic and an antibiotic and has been doing great and acting normal. I really don’t think he ate one. I was getting ibuprofen for a headache and then when I walked away and looked back he was sniffing the ground and licking his lips. He does this all the time. But I’m just really paranoid and scared. Is there anything I can do just to be safe?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Ibuprofen has a narrow safety margin and is considered toxic to dogs. I would recommend you visit your veterinarian as this may cause kidney failure so fluid therapy and supportive care may be indicated. They'll be able to assess him, take blood, and figure out what care he needs.

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Sparkle
Chihuahua
12 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Tired
Loss of Appetite

My mom gave my dog, Sparkle, one 200 MG tablet of Ibuprofen yesterday night because Sparkle had threw up earlier that day. Sparkle is a 12 year old Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix. She is around 6-8 pounds. She hasn't thrown up since then. Today she seems tired, but she hasn't shown any symptoms. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That is a very high dosage of ibuprofen for a tiny dog. It would be a very good idea to get her in to see your veterinarian today, have some lab work run and check her kidney function. She may need to be on IV fluids to flush her kidneys, and she may need GI protectants for a few days. Your veterinarian can examine her and determine if she needs further treatment.

Hi I would recommend you to go to the vet ASAP . Get a blood panel done to see if has caused any damage to the kidneys or liver. I gave my 6 lbs chihuahua 100mg of childrens Moltrin Wednesday night and he passed away from liver failure yesterday a little passed noon. Take her to the vet to get her blood count checked . Hope your dog gets better

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Baby
Dachshund/Chihuahua
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Iburpofen Gel Ingestion
Sting/Bite
Vomitting
Lethargy

My dog got stung/bit by something last night. We weren't sure what it was, but she was screaming in pain. I use ibuprofen gel caps 220mg for my arthritis. Since we knew it helped with inflammation, and her foot was very swollen, we pricked a hole in the end of one and squeeze a drop or two onto a pepperoni and fed it to her. She calmed after another twenty minutes (the amount of time it normally takes for them to work) and seemed to improve as the night went on. During the night she vomited profusely in our bed. An incredible amount considering how small she is. Since last night she has continued to vomit in small batches over the floor, and twice on the couch. We're terrified she may have ibuprofen poisoning. She is very tiny. She continues to eat and drink relatively normal. Going potty normally that we can tell. Just seems lethargic and not very energetic as she normally is and vomiting. Her foot is practically back to normal, the swelling is all gone and it's barely red.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ibuprofen has a very narrow safety margin in dogs and is small dogs it is very difficult to dose, the problem is that one 200mg or 220mg capsule can cause kidney failure even in a large breed dog. The problem is that we don’t know exactly how much you gave and since there is a narrow safety margin I cannot calculate how concerned we should be; ibuprofen can cause a variety of symptoms but kidney failure is the most concerning one, you should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible to get Baby supportive and symptomatic care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bobbie
Puggle
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

No symptoms showing yet

Ate ibprofen between 1000-2000! Got him to a vet within 30-40 minutes of ingestion. The vet induced vomiting. Because we caught it so quick, I was happy to take him home. Was this wrong ? Should I have left him there for treatment? He has a appointment Monday for an ear infection we are treating and we were going to ask for blood test and anything else they need to see if he is in good health. He has had a pouch of wet food with liquid charcoal and now passed out asleep.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is good that you got to your Veterinarian within an hour and that vomiting was induced so quickly, you should have a blood test done on Monday to check kidney function but apart from ensuring Bobbie stays hydrated there is little else that can be done at this moment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hyeri
Miniature Schnauzer
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Exhaustion

Few days ago my dog got into a small bottle of 200mg ibuprofen, he began throwing up multiple time. He has thrown up a few time since the day of ingestion which was all liquid but now seems to be able to retain his food well. But since ingestion the last few days he's just been sleeping and doesn't seem to be his normal hyper self. I was wondering if this is normal in dogs that are recovering from ibuprofen poisoning? He eating and drinking well seems to still be having his normal bowel movements but his energy level is the only thing not back to what it was.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ibuprofen is toxic to dogs and may cause kidney failure, it is important to visit your Veterinarian for an examination and blood tests to determine whether there has been any damage to the kidneys. Ibuprofen isn’t regularly used in veterinary medicine due to the potential damage to the kidneys and the narrow safety margin of use; please visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ibuprofen

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Lexa
Siberian Husky
1 Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Medication Used

Ibuprofen

My dad’s dog likes to chew on everything. She chewed on an ibuprofen bottle and I think she might have eaten a pill or more. I found 7 pills scattered on my floor but I don’t remember how many pills were in the bottle.

If she ate some ibuprofen it was around 6:30-7:30. It’s now 12:36 and she’s not as hyper as she usually is. It may be because she’s tired but I’m not sure. My dad gave her some peroxide to make her throw up but she didn’t until 10:30 when he gave her a sandwich.

If you could help me, I would be very grateful.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing how many tablets were consumed and the dosage we cannot determine if Lexa is any danger, the vomiting would have been ineffective since any ibuprofen would have been absorbed already into circulation before then. We have to be concerned about kidney failure and without knowing how much was consumed we cannot guess at that, I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian for an examination, fluids and a blood test for kidney function which would need to be repeated after a few days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jager
Labrador Retriever
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 2 dogs got a hold of 96, 200 Mg ibuprofen and one got a ton more than the other. I took them to the vet and they induced throwing up, have been given lots of active charcoal, and been on fluids. This morning they did a kidney function test and it was high so they gave them more fluids. When I went to see them they seemed happy and energized for a good amount of time, slightly shorter than normal. Is it a good sign that they are energized or is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Energy levels which receiving supportive and symptomatic care are not a reliable indicator of overall prognosis; the amount consumed, the time until you reached your Veterinarian’s Office and the speed that treatment began are all important factors in the overall prognosis. Whilst it is encouraging that there seems to be improvement, I cannot give any assurances as I am unaware of the time frames involved. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mudgee
Australian Shepherd/kelpie
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Hello, my son has discovered that his year old kelpie/labrador cross (about 30kg) and our 5 month old kelpie/Australian Shepherd cross (about 12kg) has gone through his medication and may have eaten some. There were throat lozenges and Ibuprofen. He doesn't think they have eaten any of the Ibuprofen but he can't be sure. They also chewed up a wheat heat pack and ate quite a deal of the wheat inside so they both have diarrhoea at the moment. I am thinking that would probably drag through any medication and they should be fine but he is stressing. He rang our vet and they were not too worried but were concerned for the little one.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases where ibuprofen ingestion is suspected, I would always suggest visiting a Veterinarian for a blood test to be on the safe side; however monitor both dogs for the time being and keep and contact with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Labrador Retriever
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

N/A

My dog has beginning stages of osteoarthritis. He seemed uncomfortable like his back hips are bothering him so I looked up ibuprofen dosing chart for dogs and followed it according to his weight. He is 75 lbs and I gave him one 200mg tablet. But then I came across this website and I am really concerned. Should I try to induce vomiting? Why would there even be a dosing chart for ibuprofen in dogs if they shouldn't have it???

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Regina, thank you for contacting us about Jack. The dosage that you gave of Ibuprofen is not near a toxic dosage for him, if he had one 200 mg tablet. There is a lot of information on the internet that isn't accurate, or a good idea, for sure! Human NSAID drugs can be harder on dogs than they are on people, and cause GI bleeding, kidney and liver problems and bleeding issues sometimes when given, especially with repeated doses. There are many safe dog NSAIDS available through your veterinarian for Jack when he is painful, as well as joint supplements that can sometimes help as they get older to keep them comfortable. It would be a good idea to visit your veterinarian and have an exam, some routine blood work, and talk to them about long term alternatives for pain control for Jack. In the short term, watch for vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or inappetance just in case he does have any reaction to the Ibuprofen, and take him in to be seen if any of those things occur over the next 12-72 hours.

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Pippa
Yorkshire Terrier
6 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Sleepy

I have my 3 pound 6 month old yorkie puppy 1/4 tsp of Children’s Advil - I obviously did not know it was toxic. She is currently sleeping and hasn’t shown any signs - is there any cause for concern? Because it was liquid, I did not induce vomiting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide (although it may be too late) and administer activated charcoal; a quarter of a teaspoon is the equivalent in Pippa as a dose of 8.3mg/lb. Also, flavorings or artificial sweeteners may also cause toxicity and may cause problems; I would give the activated charcoal and visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side (blood tests) since acute poisoning may occur at doses as little as 10mg/lb, also consulting the Pet Poison Helpline may be useful too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ibuprofen/ http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/toxciology-brief-ibuprofen-toxicosis-dogs-cats-and-ferrets?id=&sk=&date=&pageID=2 https://childrens.advil.com/childrens-advil-suspension

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Mel
Dachshund
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Yesterday I left a box of Ibuprofen medicine near the living room sofa. I was away for about 3 hours and when I got back my 13lb dog had destroyed the box and there were some medicine pills around the floor. I think she only eaten either 1 or half of a 200mg pill. I took her to the vet straight after I got home and they tried to induce the vomit. She didn’t vomit so they gave her active charcoal and liquid treatment. She vomit at night on the same day, about 5h after going to the vet. She vomited again this morning and she spent the afternoon at the vet getting charcoal and liquid/medicine treatment. She vomited again, though, tonight at 11pm.. She’s very sleepy and tired. I’m taking her to the vet tomorrow morning first thing so she can get more treatment but I’m worried that she might not recover. Can you please give me your opinion?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ibuprofen can be toxic to the Gi tract and kidneys. Mel will need aggressive fluid therapy and supportive care if she is going to recover from this accident. Without seeing her, I cannot tell how she is doing physically, and I'm not sure what medications she's on, but you will need to continue to follow up with your veterinarian for care. I hope that she is okay.

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Paige/ Widget
Jack Russell Terrier
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

N/A None at this time
N/A

we were not home when my 2 dogs ripped open a backpack that had a bag of Ibuprophen in it. we don't know if it was injested. I induced vomiting with a 10ml syringe of 3% peroxide One for each dog. my jack, paige 11, vomited most of her food and my rat, widget 6, vomited clear bubbles. don't know if I should wait to take them to the puppy ER

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem is that we don’t know how long it was since they had consumed the ibuprofen, since if it was one or two hours before inducing vomiting I would be very concerned; also we don’t know how many tablets the dogs consumed. I would take them all into your Veterinarian to be on the safe side (since they are both small dogs) and blood tests to monitor kidney function would be useful as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Arthur
Beagle/Lab
2
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I took my dog to the emergency clinic early this morning as per poison control suggested. He injested 3 200mg tabs of ibProfun. He is on two different medications, Sucralfate - 3x a day, and Misoprostol - 1x a day. All of his bloodwork came back okay. I have not noticed anything really strange except he is pretty tired, and some times he tenses up and shakes a bit.

I'm moreso only worried about the random tremors, but not sure if I should take him back to the ER.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ibuprofen can cause kidney failure in severe cases or gastrointestinal symptoms in less severe cases (but all cases are to be concerned about). Neurological symptoms like tremors may be seen in cases of ibuprofen toxicity and are a concern, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for another examination and blood tests to see what is happening and to keep tabs on the kidneys. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ibuprofen/

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Roswell
Mutt
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

It’s Christmas Eve. I’m panicking. I thought I was helping his pain in his shoulder. I have a mixed 11.5-12 lb dog. I gave him what I thought was 200 mg ibuprofen, turns out it was 800mg! He’s been vomiting off and on for 12 hours now. He’s been somewhat lethargic with his shoulder (which we took him to a vet 2 weeks ago and they have no clue what’s wrong. It feels like a loose varicose vein or a torn muscle.) but I’m so much more concerned for this stupid ibuprofen. Please. I dont know what to do on Christmas Eve!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Roswell. Ibuprofen can be quite toxic to dogs, even at smaller dosages, as it can cause stomach upset, ulceration, and kidney disease or failure. He needs to be seen at a 24 hour clinic, if your clinic isn't open - it would be worth a call to your clinic to see if they are open, as some clinics are open today. If not, they will have information for an emergency clinic that they can refer you to, and he should be seen today. They'll be able to assess him, possibly check his kidney values, and give him medication or treatment that he needs. I hope that he is okay.

Thank you for your wonderful fast response! My husband took him to an emergency vet. They are flushing his system now. No blood in his urine or stool. They want to keep him 24-48 hours for observation.

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Rocky
pit bull terrier
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

None yet

Medication Used

600mg ibuprofen

Dog ate 5 600mg prescribed ibuprofens i came home to a chewed up bottle had 26 left from last time came back to see theres only 21 meaning he must have ate 5 im very worried about my boy rocky any advice please super nervous reading these online articles no symptoms yet but not sure when should occur

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Ibuprofen has a narrow safety margin and is considered toxic to dogs. I would recommend you visit your veterinarian as this may cause kidney failure so fluid therapy and supportive care may be indicated. They'll be able to asses him, take blood, and figure out what care he needs.

My dog Walter ate 5 children’s ibuprofen and each are 100 mg, so he had 500mg of ibuprofen, any advice?

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Novah
Boxer
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog injested some ibuprofen but we don’t know how much and she has been throwing up what can we do to settle her stomach now before we take her to the vet tomorrow?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If you genuinely don't know how much ibuprofen she ingested, it would be best to have her seen tonight at your nearest emergency clinic. They can get her started on IV fluids and check bloodwork. I hope that she is okay.

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brantley
Catahoula
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My dog consumed 37 (200mg) ibuprofen. He was taken to animal hospital within 1-1 1/2 hours. They induced vomiting. He had a stomach full of food but not medication. Assuming he absorbed it. They started him on fluid. BUN was 28 for baseline. Then labs were normal for the next 72 hours. They discharged him from the Hosptial. We are doing a follow up this week for blood work, but he seems lethargic. He has been on walks and running a little. But when we get home he isn't playing, just sleeping. I'm concerned because he is normally super hyper. He's 9 months old. It's been 2 1/2 days since he has been discharged. Should I be worried it's renal failure?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I wouldn’t stress yourself too much, quick action was taken and vomiting was induced within a two hour window and he received fluids and other supportive care; he may just be a bit groggy from the experience. It is possible that the ibuprofen is affecting his kidneys but we cannot say without running another blood test, if you are stressed out about it visit your Veterinarian for an earlier blood test to help ease your mind or you’ll at least know. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
pit bull terrier
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Normal

My dog was given 2 600mg of ibuprofen today, once at 10am and once at 6pm (about 4 hours ago), he hate food both times prior to eating them. My girlfriend gave him the wrong medication for an allergic reaction he suffered on friday to something he ate. He weights 45lbs, and poison control recommended prilosec 20mg twice a day for 10 days, starting tonight, and to take him to a vet first thing in the morning.

My girlfriends sisters's boyfriend's dad (Yeah that was long) is apparently a vet, and he said Rocky wouldn't require a vet visit based off the information, but that isn't what poison control said, what would be your recommended course of action?

Don't listen to him and see an actual vet? Or is he probably right that he'll be ok without getting the recommended prescribed sucralfate?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Rocky. Ibuprofen can cause significant GI bleeding, especially with repeated doses, in dogs. If he were my dog, I would get the Sucralfate prescription that poison control recommended, yes. You don't want to wait and see if he starts bleeding, as by that time he may have stomach ulcers. Sucralfate is a nice stomach protectant. I hope that he does well.

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Ginger
American Staffordshire Terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

None I can see

Im so upset. I accidently left a brand new 100 count bottle of ibuprofen on the counter this morning. When I came home from work my 50 American Staffordshire Terrier had gotten a hold of it and ate the majority of them. I have no idea of knowing how long it's been as I was at work. The nearest vet to me is 1 1/2 hours away. How quickly could this become fatal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Go to your nearest Veterinarian now, regardless of distance; it isn’t fatal immediately but will cause kidney failure and cause irreversible damage if not addressed today, not tomorrow morning. It is probably too late to induce vomiting as we don’t know when the tablets were consumed. Go now to your nearest Veterinarian please. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexie
Miniature Schnauzer
22 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 8kg miniature schnauzer ate 15 x 200mg ibuprofen tablets tonight. Vomiting was induced at the vets within an hour and ten minutes. Is that considered rapid treatment? I've read that they absorb it fast, but how fast is fast?

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We normally say that inducing vomiting within two hours is sufficient but ibuprofen absorbs very fast, the TV adverts of the leading brands boast about the speed of absorption; kidney failure is a concern so fluid therapy is normally required and blood tests after one week to determine kidney function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Yorkipoo
3 Years
Fair condition
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Diarrhea

My poodle mix 13 lbs got my Advil 400 mg
Was seen within hour they gave a pill for acid
His temp was good not low activity good after giving pills he threw up twice middle of night about 12 hrs later so gave another pill in morning threw up after about an hour so I stopped was good until diarrhea started that afternoon- Tuesday it's fri and wondering if diarrhea will stop and how can I help the little guy??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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They didn’t induce vomiting immediately? Normally inducing vomiting and the administration of activated charcoal is done to remove as much of the substance as possible; diarrhoea may occur for a while but if it took 12 hours for vomiting to occur I would be concerned about possible liver or kidney issues. I would return to your Veterinarian for a blood test to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/advil-poisoning www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ibuprofen/ http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/toxciology-brief-ibuprofen-toxicosis-dogs-cats-and-ferrets

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Griffey
German Shepherd
8 Months
Fair condition
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My dog ran and played so much today that his paw pads started peeling and his paws were bleeding. He can’t walk well and is in a lot of pain so we read that we could give him 2mg/lb so him being about 70lbs, we have him about half of a 200mg ibuprofen. He seems okay but I am reading this site and getting super scared. Do you think he will be okay??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unless Griffey has any underlying kidney problems, that dosage of ibuprofen one time should not cause any toxicities for him. Ibuprofen in dogs can cause kidney problems and GI bleeding, and there are safer pain medications that you can get from a veterinarian if he needs anything longer term. Keep an eye on him for any vomiting, diarrhea, or not wanting to eat, and have him seen if any of those signs occur. If he is still painful later, it would be a good idea to have him seen regardless to get a safe form of pain control for his feet.

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Fifi
Poodle
11 Years
Fair condition
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I'm not sure what to do at this point. It has been about 20 minutes and My 10 pound poodle may have eaten 2 400mg tablets of ibuprofen but I am not sure. Should I take any preventative steps before observing symptoms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always best to induce vomiting immediately with 3% hydrogen peroxide and then to administer activated charcoal after vomiting has stopped; ibuprofen causes kidney failure in dogs and Fifi should therefore be monitored for this and should also receive fluid therapy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
English Bulldog
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

none

I had a open bottle of ibuprofen I guess with in reach of my mother's English bulldog who took it and chew the bottle. I'm not sure if she actually ingested any of the pills since there weren't that many in there but I don't know what watch for. She is 47-50 pounds and is currently acting just fine. We have no vet available in our area so what should I watch for and or do to help her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ibuprofen over dosage in dogs can cause GI bleeding and ulceration, or kidney failure. If she is affected by the medication, you may see bleeding in her vomit, or diarrhea, or increased urination and drinking, lethargy, seizures, or death. I'm not sure the time frame for when she ate the pills, but if it is more than 2-4 hours after that, the only thing that you could do to help her would be intensive IV fluid therapy and lab testing, which would require a veterinarian. I hope that she is okay.

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Ash
Sheprador
9 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

lack of appetite

Our dog recently got into some Advil and she vomited at home and was taken promptly to the vet where they induced more vomiting. She stayed on the iv for 2 and a half days before she came home. My husband was given a variety of medicines to give her. Our biggest concern has been that she hasn't had much of an appetite. She eats a little bit of food here and there, between a quarter to half a cup at each of her meals. How long does it normally take for their appetite to return to normal?

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Im not sure of the time frame in which this occurred - normally, if there wasn't any kidney or intestinal damage, their appetite should be normal. If Ash isn't eating well, it might be a good idea to have her blood values rechecked, to make sure that her kidney values are normal. I hope that she is okay.

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Bailey
Hound
Two Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

advil

Not sure if my dog ate one 200mg of Advil about four hours ago. No symptoms (he's eaten dinner and has gone both pee and poop with nothing out of the ordinary). He's 48 lbs.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Ibuprofen, along with other human NSAIDS, can be very hard on dogs, causing stomach ulcers or kidney problems, and there isn't any labelled dosage for dogs. Since it has been 4 hours, there isn't a benefit in inducing vomiting for Bailey. Please keep a close eye on him for the next 72 hours for signs of vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, bleeding, or inappetance, and if he has any of those signs, he should see your veterinarian immediately.

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Snoop
French Bulldog
9 Weeks
Fair condition
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This is a weird situation. My friend took for 3 200MG ibuprofen pills. About 30 minutes later my friend threw up a bit on the floor and the rest in the kitchen sink. My German Shepard/Rot mix that weighs about 60LBS and new Frenchy that weighs 9Lbs ate the his throw up. The problem here is that we can not determine if the ibuprofen was fully dissolved in my friends stomach. So we don't know if the dogs ingested ibuprofen. My friend took the medicine to help with a headache, which is gone. So it seems like the majority of the ibuprofen was absorbed by his blood stream. With the little information I have, should I be concerned. I was thinking of picking up some charcoal medicine from the vet tomorrow to be safe. Is this recommended? After that what symptoms should I keep an eye for? Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these situations it is difficult to say how much ibuprofen was still in the vomit when it was consumed by the dogs, if he vomited two hours after taking the ibuprofen we can be more confident that the majority of it was absorbed into his system. I would recommend giving activated charcoal every eight to twelve hours and visiting your Veterinarian to check kidney function to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leon
Poodle
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Threw up once

I think my dog ate some Motrin but not sure about 6 hours ago maybe more he's been acting fine but i just want to be sure so that I can get the help he needs if he needs it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ibuprofen is toxic to dogs even in small amounts and may lead to liver failure, kidney failure and neurological symptoms when consumed in large doses. If you are not sure about the amount consumed and if you didn’t see any tablets in the vomit it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for emergency decontamination and supportive care as a precaution. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ibuprofen/

My 100 lbs Labrador picked up a 200 mg tablet Advil (Ibuprofen). I did not realize this until 10 hours later when I was told my by cousin who was watching the dog. At this moment, he seems fine, but with increased thirst. He eats well.

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Gizmo
Miniature yorkie
9 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Children’s ibuprofen

We have a 6 lb miniature yorkie, Gizmo, and he had some teeth pulled about 3 months ago and he has been scratching at his mout recently and some how gave himself a cut on the outside of his mouth. Thinking it would help with his irritation until we can go to the vet tomorrow we gave him 2.5 mL of children’s ibuprofen and unfortunately he has been getting sick almost immediately and most of the afternoon now and didn’t know if there was anything we should do to help him until tomorrow without making it worse. We of course didn’t know it was harmful to dogs but at least thought it was good he threw up as quick as he did to assume not much was ingested.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With a standard 100mg/5ml we can assume that Gizmo consumed 50mg of ibuprofen or 18mg/kg which is above the 5mg/kg dosage guidelines; we can expect some vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain among other symptoms, however the dosage is likely to not cause kidney failure since the dosage was well below 175mg/kg. You should visit your Veterinarian about the original problem and discuss the administration of ibuprofen since some childrens formulations comes with other ingredients which may be toxic for dogs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/toxicities-from-human-drugs/analgesics-toxicity www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ibuprofen/

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Hadley
Miniature Schnauzer
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

none

my miniature schnauzer puppy has induced not quite 1/2 of a 200 mg ibuprofen over an hour ago. she has no symptoms still active and drinking eating and uriniating. what should I do? she is 10 week old

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A dose of 100mg can be very dangerous in a small puppy, you should visit a Veterinarian immediately for supportive and symptomatic care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ibuprofen/ www.petpoisoncontrol.com/portfolio/ibuprofen-naproxen/ www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/toxicities-from-human-drugs/analgesics-toxicity#v3352807

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Slayer
Yorkshire Terrier
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

N/A

My 4lb puppy may have ingested one 200mg ibuprofen tablet almost three days ago tried to get him to throw up with hydrogen peroxide and didn't work. He isn't showing any major symptoms, the closest was a small amount of mucus in his stool but nothing else should I still be freaking out and if yes what should I be looking for?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is a huge dose of a potentially toxic drug for Slayer to have eaten. Ibuprofen can be very hard on dogs kidneys and GI tracts. It would be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible and have some bloodwork checked to assess his kidney function. Hopefully he is not affected by the drug, but if he is, they will be able to give him supportive care.

hello Dr.Michele King,DVM i have a problem with my small german spitz she looks like a little fox her name is Baby. just got out of the hvcc hospital with about 2:30am earlier this morning here in Denver C.O. she had some fluid on her lungs. before i brought her to the hospital about aweek ago she was yellping in the hallway and i juped up to go see what happened to her and it was like as if she had pneumonia she was on her side and kicking her feet and like she was trying to get up but waas in pain so i rubbed her gently to calm her down and then she was like ok for a minute so she started breathing funny wheezing noises comming out of her as she was breathing to exhale out so i went online to check what medacine's i can give her well this animal vet online with his own website told get 3 things childrens rubatusson and childrens bennadryl and childrens motrin everyday 2.5ml shes 12.5 lbs so now shes having issues what can i do to reverse the motrin effect in her please help.

she literally told you to get to a vet immediately. don't wait and look for anything, just go! At this point the damage can only be seen via bloodwork and tests that you cannot perform.

I am asking you what to look for and your telling me nothing

But he is showing no symptoms this doesn't help at all

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Sammy Marie
Jack Russell Terrier
9 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

vometing

Medication Used

none

My husband and I have a full blooded jack russle terrier. She'll be a year old Jan 8th. I just found a small handful of ibuprofen on the floor. Sammy's thrown up about a dozen times in the last 24hrs. Should we be worried that she ate some or could this just a case of her being sick? She eats her food [sometimes gets into the cat's food] and drinks plenty of water. I'm just worried about her throwing up so much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Sammy consumed some ibuprofen tablets, but we cannot know for sure; it is important to ensure that she is hydrated and you should visit your Veterinarian since dogs are sensitive to ibuprofen and kidney failure is common in cases of toxicity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
chihuahua mix
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

I have a 17lb Chihuahua mix that suffers from hip dysplasia, my little angle that's her name is 10 years old now and it's really taking a toll on joints, well I thought I would help her by breaking off a piece of my prescribed ibuprofen, it seen to help her and I've doing this once a week for about 3 weeks now till I decided to look online about hip dysplasia in dogs and seen about how giving ibuprofen to dog were toxic, I am mortified have I been slowly killing my dog? She haven't been acting sick or anything what should I do from this point on?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ibuprofen can be toxic over a long term in small dosages for dogs, and there are other, safer medications that you could give Angel to help her with her pain. If she seems to be doing well at this point, she may be okay, but the best thing to do for her would be to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian, get some basic blood work to make sure that her kidneys are functioning well, and get appropriate pain medications for her. I hope that all goes well for her.

I didn't know that children's ibuprofen was poisonous to dogs and have been treating mine with it and he shakes real bad now. I'm scared for him

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popeye
Chihuahua
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 28lb chihuaua at one childrens chewable advil 100mg. It was last night. I was supposed to give him a chewable benadryl but accidentally gave him the advil. I just realized this in the morning. So the time would have been about 10 hours ago

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Popeye received a dose at the equivalent of 7.87mg/kg and symptoms of toxicosis may occur after consuming 8mg/kg/day so he is on the borderline. Ingestion of ibuprofen in dogs may lead to gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy), seizure, renal failure and in severe cases death. I would advise checking in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side and give activated charcoal because ibuprofen undergoes enterohepatic recirculation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/ibuprofen/ http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/toxciology-brief-ibuprofen-toxicosis-dogs-cats-and-ferrets

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Wilf
Cockapoo
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Urine Spotting

Hi,

Our dog managed to get hold of a box of ibuprofen yesterday lunchtime and consumed 2 tablets. We took him to the vets as soon as we had noticed (within an hour) and he was given a tablet to make him vomit as well as charcoal to be consumed twice yesterday and twice today. We also have some tablets to give him and a tiny amount of white liquid, of which he is to have a quarter of a teaspoon twice daily.
Generally speaking, he seems fine within himself. He's eating normally, no signs of sickness or diarrhoea or unusual weakness/fatigue. Through the night, however, he has been drinking an awful lot of water (more than usual) and has wet his bed three times. This morning, I've also noticed drops of moisture on the floor where he's been walking, so I'm concerned that he's showing very minor signs of incontinence. Should I take him back to the vets or could this be a normal side-effect of all of the medication?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are seeing symptoms of incontinence and an increase in thirst it is always best to have Wilf checked with a urine and blood test to be on the safe side; whilst Wilf was treated promptly, it is always best to have peace of mind in these cases. It may be due to medicine side effects, check the prescribing information online for each medication to see if an increase in thirst (polydipsia) is mentioned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Mixed
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hi, I gave my dog a 7ml dose of children motrin....Its 100mg per 5ml. She weights about 70-75 lbs. I didn't know that motrin was unsafe for them and then came across this. I gave it to her about 3 hours ago and she's not showing any symptoms mentions for poisoning however I just feel foolish for having given it to her and not checking first.

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Ibuprofen is hard on dogs, as they don't tolerate it as well as people. A one time dosage doesn't typically cause major problems, however. The dose that you gave her is within the dosage that can be tolerated by dogs, in the short term. You should monitor her for GI upset - vomiting, diarrhea, inappetance, or blood from either end, and have her seen immediately if any of that occurs. If you feel that she needs pain medication for some reason, there are many safe alternatives for dogs, and your veterinarian can recommend one of them after they have seen Daisy. I hope all goes well for her.

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Yeti
Shiahpoo
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Medication Used

none

My boyfriend gave our 9.5 lb shiahpoo 2.5 ml of children's Ibuprofen. She is acting f8ne after 6 hours but I read it can be lethal..she is not acting any different as of now

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically childrens ibuprofen is concentrated at 100mg/5ml meaning that 2.5ml would have 50mg of ibuprofen; at 9.5lb Yeti would have received 5.26mg/lb, dosage of ibuprofen is up for debate as it isn’t used in dogs due to its narrow safety margin in the species but a dose of 5mg/kg/day or 2.25mg/lb/day is generally accepted. Yeti received double the recommended dose (assuming 100mg/5ml) and should be checked over by a Veterinarian to be on the safe side; also children’s medicines may have other ingredients which may be harmful for dogs so take in the packaging with you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

She's been puking since 12 am on and off...Vet opens at 8 we are calling to take her in

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Xian
German Australian Shepherd
7 1/2 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody

My mom gave my dog a 400mg ibuprofen tablet about 7 hours
ago, for a swollen and painful left leg. She seems normal except for the blood on the stairs. I don't know where it came from. Should I be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ibuprofen poisoning is a common problem with well meaning owners administering tablets to their pets to relieve pain; ibuprofen has a narrow safety margin and is considered toxic to dogs. I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian as this may cause kidney failure so fluid therapy may be indicated so a check would be good to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

The vet gave here vitamin k1 and universal antidote. He also prescribed Ranitidine once a day for 10 days. She is doing much better than before, her ulcer has stopped bleeding.

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