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My dog ate half a bottle of my thyroid medication a couple

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My dog ate half a bottle of my thyroid medication a couple of hours ago. The dosage is 130 mg per pill. THe dog isn't experiencing any side effects. What action should I take?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: allie
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about allie?
Customer: Allie is a 3 year old German shepherd. She weighs about 95 pounds.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

How many pills would you estimate that Allie ingested? Thankfully, a one-time overdose of thyroid medication is very well-tolerated by dogs who usually remain unaffected.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Maybe 15 to 20 pills
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Thank you. The 130 mg pill contains just 0.08 mg of the active thyroid hormone in dogs. 20 x 0.08 = 1.6 mg which is double what I would dose a 95 lb dog with - a trivial overdose when it comes to this hormone. Allie should remain unaffected. There's no reason to induce emesis or treat in any manner.

Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Should I do anything:
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Tx
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Perhaps my post was truncated: Here's what I typed: "Allie should remain unaffected. There's no reason to induce emesis or treat in any manner."

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