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I gave my 8lb chihuahua 1/4 of a 25mg tablet Did I give m

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I gave my 8lb chihuahua 1/4 of a 25mg tablet
Did I give him too much?
He is panting very heavily
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Bob. I understand your concern for your dog, but do you know the name of the medication?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry. Ace
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Okay, thank you. How long has it been since you gave the medication?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Around 5am this morning. Should I take him to the vet?
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Does he have any preexisting conditions like heart failure, and have you ever given him acepromazine before?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No pre existing issues. This is the first time
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. Acepromazine is an extremely safe medication that has been used in veterinary medicine for many years.

The maximum recommended safe dose for dogs is 2.2 mg/kg (1 mg per pound). At 8 pounds, your chihuahua should be able to safely take 8 mg, or 1/3 of a tablet.

Panting is sometimes seen as a side effect of this medication. Unless his condition seems to be getting worse, I don't believe a trip to your veterinarian is necessary. He should be just fine. If you have any further questions, please let me know. Kind regards, ***** *****

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How long before this is out of his system?
He's been open mouth panting for over an hour now
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

The duration of action of acepromazine is up to 4 hours.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Oh. I thought it was longer
Ok. And the panting should subside around then.
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Yes, unless you gave it to calm him down in a storm. If the storm continues, the panting may as well. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you, I'll be glad to answer any further question you may have.

Warm regards, *****

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. Thanks
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

You're welcome, have a great holiday!

Best regards, *****

Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Hello again. How your pup this mornng? If all is well, please rate my answers. If you should have any more questions, please let me know. Kind regards, *****

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