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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. I am sorry the expert you requested is not available. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice. There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.
1- What are the symptoms that your dog is showing?
2- How long has this been going on?
1- Is she alert and responsive?
2- Is she drinking?
3- What happens if you stand her up?
Friend, in response to your question the dose for activated charcoal would be 1-2 g/kg every 4-8 hours. As you can see, this is a very large amount of charcoal to give at home. You see, in the clinic what we do is pass a tube to her stomach to give the charcoal and prevent the charcoal from going into her lungs. The fact that she is vomiting and has loss of motor function I am concern that she may inhale the charcoal into her lungs creating a bigger problem. So, my advise is to Not give the charcoal unless a veterinarian has passed a stomach tube. I would instead remove the food and water and start her on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/2 tablet every 12 hours to control the vomiting. Finally, strongly recommend having her checked by ER veterinarian. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.
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