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Dog ( not sure ) but more likely ate...

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14 Jun 2021

Dog ( not sure ) but more likely ate ibuprofen pills, I induced vomit an hour after max. Not sure when digested. Didn’t notice any pills, what should I do?
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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Dr. Michael Salkin
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You've done what you should. Now begin dosing with an over the counter antacid such as famotidine (Pepcid, generics) or omeprazole (Prilosec, generics)) at 0.25-0.5 mg per pound of bodyweight now and again at 12 hour intervals for a total of 6 doses. This is what you need to know:

Ibuprofen overdose can cause gastrointestinal, renal, and central nervous system effects. Doses of 11 mg/lb (25 mg/kg) or more often lead to gastrointestinal problems and ulceration, manifested as vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. Doses approaching 80 mg/lb (175 mg/kg) increase a dog's risk of developing acute renal failure, but older dogs or those with preexisting renal compromise may exhibit renal failure at lower doses. With doses greater than 180 mg/lb (400 mg/kg), central nervous system effects such as depression, seizures, and coma may occur.

Treatment for acute ibuprofen toxicosis includes inducing emesis, administering activated charcoal (multiple charcoal doses are indicated to reduce enterohepatic recirculation in dogs that have ingested high doses of ibuprofen) and gastrointestinal protectants (H2-blocker antacids, sucralfate, misoprostol), and inducing diuresis with intravenous fluids at twice the maintenance rate while monitoring renal function. With timely and appropriate treatment, most dogs are expected to have a positive outcome.

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