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my 2 pound dog ate a 25mg tablet of benadryl... what should

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my 2 pound dog ate a 25mg tablet of benadryl... what should I do
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 5 years ago.

Dr Kara :

Hello, I'm sorry to hear that your pup was naughty.
How long has it been since he ate the Benadryl?
Do you have 3% hydrogen peroxide?

Customer:

I have already given peroxide and I think she has thrown it up because she threw up food she ate prior

Customer:

what signs should I look for?

Customer:

I gave her the peroxide within 5 minutes...

Dr Kara :

While Benadryl is a fairly safe drug the normal dose for him would be 2mg, 4mg at the most.
Great! Glad to hear it!

Customer:

It was at 5:30 that she ate it

Customer:

what signs should I look for prior to rushing her to emergency vet

Dr Kara :

OK, signs of a over dose can be sleepiness but in severe overdoses it can cause central nervous sytem excitement and lead to trembling, and full blown seizures.

Customer:

should I feed her now? Would that help or harm

Dr Kara :

In some pups this can progress to coma and death.
This is unlikely as you got it out of her system very quickly.

Dr Kara :

I would encourage feeding after about 20 to 30 mins after the last vomiting episode as long as she is bright and alert.

Dr Kara :

You might want to use a bland diet of 50% boiled hamburger (or chicken) and 50% boiled white rice.

Customer:

will she show any signs prior to worse case?

Dr Kara :

And if you can give activated charcoal this will block further absorption of the drug. At her size 2 grams in a slurry mixed with food would be perfect. repeat in 6 hours.

Customer:

what is activated charcoal?

Dr Kara :

Yes she will show either progressive extreme sleepiness or hyperactivity. If she shows these get her to a veterinarian.
Activated charcoal you can purchase at a pharmacy over the counter. It is refined charcoal and is used to block drug absorption.

Dr Kara :

The good news is that this drug doesn't stay around long. It's generally gone in 24 hours and often faster than that.

Dr Kara :

So if she's normal the rest of today you are likely OK with her.
Great job getting her to vomit so quickly.

Dr Kara :

She probably owes you her life.

Customer:

She just threw up the majority of it...

Customer:

Thank you for your help... I think she will be ok now...

Customer:

We actually seen most of the pill on that one!!!

Dr Kara :

I do too, thanks to your quick action.
Perfect, I love it when you can see the pill, that likely means very little was absorbed.
Given that she's still vomiting you might want to wait an hour or two to feed her. Let her stomach rest.

Dr Kara :

Can I answer anything else?

Customer:

Thank you so much... Hopefully we did get it all and she will be ok..

Customer:

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Dr Kara :

No but once/if you accept this it will all be stored under the "my questions" section of your account so you can access it at any time.

Dr Kara :

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Customer:

I copied it already... Have a great day!! Really appreciate your help! Hopefully I won't have to contact you again!

Dr Kara :

I hope so too, but I'll be here if you need me. Take care.

Customer:

Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX

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