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My dog got into cold medicine. I just got home from work

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My dog got into cold medicine. I just got home from work @5:40. She has been home alone since 715 this morning so I do not know when this happened. She is acting fine now but I'm worried. What should I do
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

Hi this is Dr. Hill What is the name of the medicine and what volume?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Alka seltzer plus severe sinus congestion and cough it's a day night combo pack . I'm not even sure if they had any pills but if they did could possibly be 2 night time and 4 daytime
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

how much does laddie weigh?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
80 lbs
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

okay great. Give me a moment please.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Roughly
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Hello ?
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

Thank you for your patience. I needed to calculate if he got a potentially toxic dose. If the number of capsules you told me is correct, then he is at risk for liver toxicity. It is recommended that treatment be initiated when the dose is above 46 mg/kg and Laudie got 54 mg/kg of the acetaminophen. Do you have any hydrogen peroxide in the house? If so, give two-three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide orally help induce vomiting. He needs to be taken to a local veterinary hospital for baseline bloodwork, n-acetylcysteine, SAM-E and cimetidine. The good news is that it is very treatable since you caught it early. Make sure you take packaging with you to the local clinic. Do you need help finding a local emergency clinic? If so, then please give your location and I will find one for you. Please continue to ask any follow up questions.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

The phenylephrine is also going to be an issue. It can cause low heart rates and low blood pressure. He needs to go to a local emergency clinic as soon as possible. Induce vomiting if you have the peroxide on hand, if not then head to the local emergency clinic. Take care.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Please find local emergency
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Dansville ny 14437
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

On it

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

I have found several in Rochester. Is that an okay distance?

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

Monroe Emergency Service (###) ###-####/p>

Veterinary specialist and animal emergency service(###) ###-####/p>

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Made it to emergency services. Vitals and everything checks out . They said prob fine but could leave over night if wanted . Just to ait on the side of caution.
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

Thank you for the update. I am glad that she is doing okay. It is hard not knowing what happens to the animals, so I really appreciate it.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I can't afford to leave her here but I can't afford anything to happen to her I wouldn't forgive myself. What is your expert opinion?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Oh that's terrible that people don't follow up with you.
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

okay. If her vitals are all normal, then I would get her on SAM-e (nutraceutical for liver protection), cimetidine and have them give her a dose of activated charcoal (that will absorb any of the medication in her intestinal tract). You should definitely follow up with your local vet in 24-48 hours to make sure that her liver values are within normal limits.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.
Hi,

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

Kelly Hill