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My 6 mo old german shepherd ate about 15-20 birth control

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My 6 mo old german shepherd ate about 15-20 birth control pills. Is this harmful? Need medical attention?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. 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 is the name of the pills or active ingredient and milligrams?

2- How much does Gabbi weigh?

3- Do you have hydrogen peroxide 3%?

4- How long has it been since she ate them?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's Minastrin24She weighs about 42 lbsIt's been at least 4 hours ago, but could have been 7
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Do you have the ingredients to know the amount of iron in each pill?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, the amount of estrogen (20 mcg) in 15 tablets is not going to be enough to toxic to a 42 lbs dog. The other concern is the Iron, so depending on the amount of iron it can be very corrosive to the gastrointestinal tract or even cause liver failure. I would follow up with family veterinarian to check her blood work in 1-2 days. In the meantime start her on Milk of Magnesia 1/2 tablespoon every 12 hours for 1 day. The idea is for the milk of magnesia to bind the iron and prevent it from being absorbed. You can buy milk of magnesia over the counter in any pharmacy.

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Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.
Hi Crista,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Gabbi. How is everything going?
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