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My 16 week old puppy bit down in a 49mg capsule of geodon.

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My 16 week old puppy bit down in a 49mg capsule of geodon. She weighs 33 lbs. 1 hour ago
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
40mg
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 1 year ago.
Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.This is a reasonably low dose to have ingested, but you could see symptoms. If it has been less than 1 hour I recommend you induce vomiting or take her to an emergency clinic for them to do this ASAP. We might be able to bring up some of the drug with vomiting. If it has been more than an hour, you may already see symptoms. If you see an evidence of disorientation, difficulty walking (walking as if drunk), profound lethargy, tremors, vocalizations, seizures then you need to have her seen immediately on emergency for treatment. However, as I mentioned this is a fairly low dose (I calculate 3.2mg/kg)This drug is a potent blocker of the 5HT-2a and D2 receptors. It also blocks the 5HT-2c receptors. If agitated (and the veterinarian finds no hypotension or low blood pressure) then the veterinarian can use cyproheptadine and phenothiazines to treat. Otherwise it is supportive and symptomatic care (fluids, colloids if needed, diazepam, methocarbamol) for 24-48 hours. Most cases are better within 12-24 hours with supportive care, but some signs can continue up to 72 hours. I am at a point I need to know what questions you have. We can continue our dialogue in this setting.I hope that the information I provided has been helpful. Please remember to select REPLY TO EXPERT if for any reason you need further clarification, have more questions, or were expecting a different type of answer. My goal is to provide the best answer possible prior to you leaving a feedback rating. If you received all the information you needed, then kindly submit a rating.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi
She seems alert but whining occasionally, which puppies do. I don't see any wobbliness. I think most of the powder spilled out on the rug.
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 1 year ago.
Excellent. I think she is probably going to be fine, then. Even if all was ingested, it would be a low dose for her with low chance for issues. I recommend keep her rested today but feed and water as normal. If she does get any of those symptoms I mentioned, then have her seen on emergency. Otherwise, if she is great into tomorrow, then no further worries.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would lorazepam be good to give a puppy? And what dose? This was suggested to us
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 1 year ago.
Lorazepam? We do NOT generally use this in dogs. We rarely use it to treat a dog when seizing or in some rare cases of behavioral problems. The reason it is not used for behavioral issues is that its duration of action is very short (a few hours) which means it has to be given a lot. So, I do not recommend this drug. IF you are experiencing behavioral problems, especially anxiety with your puppy, then speak with your veterinarian. We have better options available. Each vet has his/her own preferences for which drug to try. And these are not drugs started lightly as it takes 4-8 weeks to exert an effect and a strict plan of behavioral modification to get our puppy over the behavioral problem is also instituted.
If your veterinarian suggested lorazepam then ask him/her if this is the best choice because it is probably going to require administering three times daily. Not a great choice.
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Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 1 year ago.
Hi Wendy,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Lucy. How is everything going?

Dr. Joey

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