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My dog got into hydrocodone 5-325 may have eaten 1 or

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Customer: my dog got into hydrocodone 5-325 may have eaten 1 or perhaps 2. suggestions?
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: dog is 62 pound goldendoodle 10 months old showing no symptoms
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about your dog and the hydrocodone. I'm so sorry you're having this problem, but glad you're looking for the information you need. You may join the conversation at any time by typing in what you want to say then clicking REPLY or SEND. Then we can chat back and forth until you're satisfied with the information I've provided.
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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

Can you please start by telling me how long ago this may have happened?

Also, I'll need to know if your pup is otherwise healthy or on any medications.

Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

While I await your reply, I'll type in the basic information you need to know. This much hydrocodone isn't likely to be a problem, but the acetaminophen may cause some trouble. I'll explain...

That would be a maximum dose of 10mg hydrocodone for a 30kg dog, or 0.3mg/kg. That is well within the therapeutic range of hydrocodone in dogs. If anything, he will experience some mild pain relief, cough supression, and maybe even mild sedation. But overall the dose of hydrocodone is very low for a dog this size. There is no concern for an overdose.

At 325mg acetaminophen per tablet, that would be a maximum dose of 650mg for a 30kg dog, or 22mg/kg. We don't tend to use much acetaminophen in dogs because it's not very safe or effective, but when we do, typical doses are 10-15mg/kg. If he only ate one tablet, he should be fine. If he ate two, he may show some lethargy, appetite loss, or even vomiting. We do not expect severe toxic side effects at this dose, however.

As long as you're convinced he ate no more than one or two tablets, there is no need to take any action. If there is a chance he ate more, however, please seek veterinary medical attention as quickly as possible. Acetaminophen can cause life-threatening toxicity in dogs at high enough doses.

I will be going offline shortly and wanted you to have this information.

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