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My dog got a hold to my simvastatin 20mg what can I do or

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My dog got a hold to my simvastatin 20mg what can I do or give him for it
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bullet
JA: How old is Bullet?
Customer: 7months now
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bullet?
Customer: Is he going to be OK cause he is a black Labrador retrieve
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long ago did he get it?

How much does he weigh?

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

Hi again,

I have not heard back but wanted to leave my thoughts for you in case you are struggling to reply.

Now while we don’t use this drug in dogs, it does tend to be quite safe and only would be expected to cause possible GI upset (vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss).

With this in mind and since he just had this, we do have a few options. To start, we can choose to induce vomiting. To do so at home, you can administer 3% hydrogen peroxide orally at a dose of 1ml per pound. (2 teaspoons per 10 pounds of body weight). You can give it via dropper, syringe, turkey baster – we just want to get it in. After giving this orally, move the abdomen around or get your wee one walking about to get things mixing. This should usually lead to vomiting. If it is unsuccessful after 10 minutes then it can be repeated twice more. And if we still have no vomiting, then you'd need to consider seeing your local vet (or ER vet) so that apomorhpine (a very strong injectable emetic) can be administered just get this out of the stomach and avoid any adverse issues.

As well or alternatively, you can also use activated charcoal at this stage. This is available over the counter from the pharmacy (ask for the high strength version in grams, not the one for gas since you will need a lot of these) and works by binding any remaining material in the stomach. For activated charcoal, we tend to give 1-4 grams per pound every 8 hrs. This can be mixed with food to be fed or with water to syringe feed (do note that it stains, so keep it away from white carpets/clothes). This will just limit how much is absorbed and reduce the intoxication risk here.

Finally, since this can upset the stomach, we do want to try to address any potential GI upset here for the next 24-48 hours. To do so, you can consider offering a light diet option for a few days. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled. Further to this, if we see any hints of nausea, then we can also treat with an OTC antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @ or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ These are usually given 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption and of course you want to double check with your vet before use if your wee one has any know health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

Please take care,

Dr. B.


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