How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Peter Your Own Question

Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 20871
Experience:  12 years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
25161683
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Peter is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog chewed a prescription bottle of Benzonatate 200mg capsules.

Resolved Question:

My dog chewed a prescription bottle of Benzonatate 200mg capsules. I am not sure how many, if any he might have eaten. My dog is a black labrador/border collie mix weighing 80lbs. It has been about 30-45 minutes. He is acting fine so far. What should I look for? Should I take him to the emergency vet?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.

Hi, I am Dr. Peter and would like to help.

 

1- Do you have hydrogen peroxide?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Yes I do.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Let's make him vomit to try and get the pills out if they are in the stomach. Need to move quickly; give him 3 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide orally. If he does not vomit within 5 minutes repeat it again. Do not give a 3rd time; let me know what happens.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Was only able to get about 1 tablespoon down but the has vomited. I checked the vomitus and did not find any evidence of the Tessalon capsules.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.

Benzonatate is one of the cough medicine we use; usually at doses between 25-100mg. Not seeing any of the pills in the vomit could mean either the pills were absorbed or he did not swallow it. Possible side effects include numbness of the mouth or tongue, tremors and even seizures. I would recommend to observe him, if you do not see any symptoms within the next 12 hours than he will be fine. But, if he begins to act agitated or tremors, have him checked by a veterinarian immediately.

 

If you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them.

 

Dr. Peter

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

is it ok to let him eat his regular meal this evening (6pm PT)?

Can he have water?

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Observe him closely while drinking and eating; if you notice difficulty grasping the food or drinking, remove the food and water for 12 hours. But, if he is fine, yes it is ok to eat and drink.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I do not know how many pills were in the bottle but I do not think he ate many, if any. Hopefully was more interested in chewing on the cap. He continues to act "normal" -wanting to play fetch, etc. Thank you for your expertise!
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Your Welcome.
Dr. Peter, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 20871
Experience: 12 years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
Dr. Peter and other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
< Last | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DE/debkatreyn/2011-11-28_33650_682e.64x64.jpg Dr. Debbie's Avatar

    Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    13796
    UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    9550
    12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    7758
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    6598
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    6377
    13 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BI/bigislandvet/2013-2-21_214244_IMG0357.64x64.JPG Dr. Michael Salkin's Avatar

    Dr. Michael Salkin

    Big Island Vet

    Satisfied Customers:

    6049
    University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 41 yrs. of experience.