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My 7 month old pug just ate some of the contents of an Assam

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Hi there
My 7 month old pug just ate some of the contents of an Assam (strange black tea) tea bag, but not the bag it's self and not all the tea leafs. She seems fine. The bag was used and dry
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hi there can you help please?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

While caffeine will agitate dogs at as little as 9 mg/lb of a dose, a spent bag has very little caffeine left in it. There's no reason to induce emesis or treat in any manner. You might have a word with her, though, although how could you get upset at that face?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
She seems a little agitated and keeps licking her legs which is unusual for her
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Thank you. Excessive agitation would be addressed with a benzodiazepine such as diazepam (Valium) but I would continue to "watchful wait" because serious intoxication is very unlikely.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Anything specific I should look out for please?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Agitation, jitteriness - think of how you might feel if you've drunk too much tea or coffee. Those symptoms should be transient - abate within a couple of hours. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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