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Dog may have eaten 2.5 mg amlodipine pill. Should I worry?

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Dog may have eaten 2.5 mg amlodipine, can't find pill. Should I take her to vet?
Her name is Lexy and she is 6 years old.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 9 months ago.
Hello,
I am sorry to hear you are worried about Lexy.
How big is she; how much does Lexy weigh?
Unless she is a tiny dog, 2.5 mg of amlodipine probably will not drop her blood pressure significantly.
How long ago did she get the pill?
Let me know her weight, and I can tell you if you need to induce vomiting, or if she will have any problems.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
She is 16 lbs.
She ingested it about half an hour ago.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 9 months ago.
Thanks! So she got .34 mg of amlodipine (if she got the pill) per kg of her body weight (all drugs are calculated in mg per kg), which should not be a dangerous dose. There is a chance of her having low blood pressure, or a high heart rate from this, but this is not a very high dose; I would be worried if she got more than .5 mg per kg.
I would monitor her gums to be sure that they are pink, not pale. If you are worried, you could try to get her to vomit, but I am not sure you need to. Does she have any underlying health problems?