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2 Sep 2021

I already answered & paid. A vet texted me. I explained. Got an are you there response. I explained again & no answer
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the dog's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: Just a few minutes. He ate part of 2 250mg zithromax tablets. He is 20lbs. I already paid & went through all this. I don't want to have to do it again
JA: How much does the dog weigh?
Customer: 20lbs. I already said that
JA: Has he thrown up since eating the tablets?
Customer: No
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Frankie. 2
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No but I do not want to pay again & have the vet not get my repliesCustomer: Chat is completed
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2 Sep 2021

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Dog Specialist's response
2 Sep 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Hi there, my name is ***** ***** I have 15 years of experience working both in clinic and with animal poison control where I studied animal poisonings.

I'm happy to help you decide if you need to get your pet into a clinic, or if you're able to manage an issue at home. Sometimes it takes me a bit of time to type out a longer response, please be patient!

Sometimes in areas with poor cell coverage, text messages can get dropped. If that occurs again, call 1(###) ###-#### which will get you in touch with the customer service team, and they can help you get your messages through.

Alternatively, you can log in via the website on a computer or on the phone application and it will take you directly to your question to answer there.

Just to verify, you think Frankie ate at most 500 milligrams of zithromax in total?

2 Sep 2021
Dog Specialist's response
2 Sep 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Since it appears that your messages aren't coming through here either, I wanted to give you some basic information while you worked with customer service.

Dogs tend to have varying sensitivity to these types of antibiotics. This medication is similar to milbemycin/Ivermectin in that collie and other similar breeds may be more sensitive to an overdose.

This is an overdose in a dog Frankie's size.

In a dog who has ingested pills and is not showing any signs of illness, vomiting can sometimes be induced at home, so long as there is no previous history of heart issues or seizures. Dogs can receive 1 milliliter of hydrogen peroxide per pound of body weight up to a maximum dose of 45 mL (or 3 tbsp). An average 20 pound dog would receive 20 mL, or 1.5 tablespoons to induce vomiting.

This can be mixed with peanut butter to make it more readily ingested. After eating, dogs should be exercised gently to mix the contents of the stomach and help to induce vomiting, then the vomit should be checked to make sure the pills have been returned.

In a dog that is already vomiting or showing signs such as dilated pupils, uneven balance, stumbling, or trembling, this should NOT be done, and instead veterinary care should be sought.

2 Sep 2021
Customer reply
2 Sep 2021
I found most of the pill dust on the floor so I don't think he ate that much. He's a cavalier king charles mix of some kind. Should I go ahead & induce vomiting? The other vet said it ahouldn't be much of a concern.
2 Sep 2021
Customer reply
2 Sep 2021
The pills were turned to dust so I don't think I'd be able to tell if he vomited it up
2 Sep 2021
Dog Specialist's response
2 Sep 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Worst case scenario, how much of the pill do you think he got?

2 Sep 2021
Customer reply
2 Sep 2021
I can't tell since it's dust. But there was quite a bit of it on the floor.
2 Sep 2021
Customer reply
2 Sep 2021
I'd say probably half of a pill in dust is on the blankets
2 Sep 2021
Dog Specialist's response
2 Sep 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

He could safely get about 1/2 of a pill as a therapeutic dose for a dog his size. If he ingested a full pill, that would be an overdose, but more likely to cause some mild stomach upset. This would be a range where you could probably safely monitor at home and get him in to be seen if you noticed any profuse vomiting or stomach pain (as this medication can sometimes cause stomach cramps).

2 Sep 2021
Customer reply
2 Sep 2021
This is what was in the blanket
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2 Sep 2021
Dog Specialist's response
2 Sep 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

That does look to be a pretty significant amount there. Will you be at home with him if you start to see any additional signs aside from a bit of mild vomiting?

2 Sep 2021
Customer reply
2 Sep 2021
I will be until 8am
2 Sep 2021
Customer reply
2 Sep 2021
He seems fine & is chewing on one of his toys. He woke me up almost an hour ago
2 Sep 2021
Dog Specialist's response
2 Sep 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Okay, since he is not of the group of sensitive breeds, and you'll be at home with him, it is likely safe for you to keep an eye on him for the next several hours for any developing signs. Usually we start to see signs fairly quickly, so if you're not seeing anything by 8am, it's not likely that you will.

2 Sep 2021
Customer reply
2 Sep 2021
I just ate something & he was begging for it so I think that's a good sign.
2 Sep 2021
Dog Specialist's response
2 Sep 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

It's okay to feed him a little bit as well, as that might reduce the impact of the antibiotic on his stomach.

2 Sep 2021
Customer reply
2 Sep 2021
Great. Thank you!
2 Sep 2021
Dog Specialist's response
2 Sep 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

You're most welcome! Did you have any additional questions or concerns I can address for you?

2 Sep 2021
Customer reply
2 Sep 2021
No. That's it. Thank you!
2 Sep 2021
Dog Specialist's response
2 Sep 2021
VTErin
VTErin

Happy to help! Please reach out to me again here if anything changes, of if you just need to follow up with me!

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VTErin
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