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We are concerned that our Chihuahua may have...

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18 Jun 2021

We are concerned that our Chihuahua may have ingested a pill. We heard him crunching on something, and when we looked in the bathroom, we found a pill on the floor. It is Lodine 400 MG. We don't know if he ate one, but we are very concerned. Is this dangerous?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How much does the Chihuahua weigh?
Customer: He weighs app. 15 lbs.
JA: When was this? Has he thrown up since then?
Customer: It was about 10 minutes ago. No, he isn't acting like anything is wrong. I just heard him chewing on something crunching, and asked my wife what it was. She said that she hadn
JA: And what's the Chihuahua's name and age?
Customer: t given him anything, but then was concerned that he might have found a pill that had fallen. She then found the pill on the floor that I gave you. We don't know that he ate any pill, we are just concerned.
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: He is our sonCustomer: Chat is completed
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18 Jun 2021

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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Good evening, I’m Dr. Gates and I’m happy to assist you this evening.

My job here is to assess whether or not you pet needs to be examined and diagnostic tests run or if we can manage things safely at home.

I will do my best to go through everything with you and give you my professional advice based on the history and clinical signs. The more information I have the better the job I can do to help get you some answers for your pet.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
We are dog-sitting our son
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

I'm so sorry to hear that he may have ingested a pill. Please give me a moment to perform some calculations.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
son's 17 lb. Chihuahua. I heard him crunching on something, so my wife looked in the bathroom where he was near, and found a 400MG Lodine on the floor. We don't know if he ate a pill, but we are concerned.
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
He isn't showing any symptoms. We looked Lodine up, and it is a pain-reliever for arthritis, but it certainly isn't for a 17 lb. dog, and there are potential side-effects. We are watching him closely, and gave him some food and got him to drink some water.
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Unfortunately, if it was ingested we are in the toxic range. Dosages over 40 mg/kg can lead to GI erosion, ulceration and hemorrhage, decreased RBC parameters.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

The safest thing would be to go to the local ER for decontamination and treatment. However, you can also induce vomiting at home but the ER will have safer and stronger medications.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

If your dog weighs 15 pounds, you can give 15 mls (3 teaspoons) of fresh, non-expired hydrogen peroxide orally, once. However, it is recommend to not give more than 45mL (1.5 oz) total.

Keep in mind that 15 mls = 1 tablespoon (or 5 mls = 1 teaspoon), so this would be approximately 1.5 – 3.5 TBSP.

After giving the peroxide, jog your dog around a bit, and spin him around to make him as nauseous as possible, so that he will have a better chance of vomiting.

If no vomiting from the first dose after 30 minutes, you may repeat one full dose. However do not give a 3rd dose because it can irritate the stomach lining.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Ok...we are mixing it right now.
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
We gave him 1 dose, and I have been throwing his ball, and he is excitedly chasing it. He hasn't thrown up, nor is he showing any signs of drowsiness, nausea, etc. I also spun him around a few times like you suggested. We will give him another dose soon. As I said, we do not know for certain that he ingested a pill, I just heard him crunching something, an it's possible that it was dry cat food which was in a nearby room, but it sounded louder than I would expect that to sound, and so my wife looked around the floor of the nearby bathroom and found the aforementioned pill on the floor. That doesn't mean that there even was another pill, but we are just very concerned. Thank you for your advice. We will NOT go to bed...but will observe him closely. I have spoken to a nearby 24-hour vet hospital, and if he is showing any signs of side-effects, we will take him there immediately.
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Ok, perfect. Hopefully, he vomits soon and you won't have to worry about taking him in. If he doesn't vomit, it's a little bit of a guessing game without knowing for sure he ingested anything. Giving bread and/or fiber may make it more likely that he vomits but also potentially will bind and help pass some of the drug if present.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102

I hope this information was helpful and that he is back to normal soon without any issues. You can provide updates and ask follow-up questions by picking up the chat in the window and I will answer when I am next online. Thank you for using Just Answer and have a wonderful evening!

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