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I'm watching two small dogs - cairn terrier size - one has a

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Hello Pearl. I'm watching two small dogs - cairn terrier size - one has a prescription for Proin I was out of the room for about 5 minutes and he'd knocked it off a shelf and they'd chewed through the bottle.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the veterinarian can help you. What is the cairn terrier's name and age?
Customer: There were 28 pills in the original prescription, and probably about half the bottle was left.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about the cairn terrier?
Customer: they are both mutts - but one is cairn like, and one is scotty like. this happened about 35 minutes ago, and they both seem fine.
Submitted: 28 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 28 days ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. That is a lot of Proin, and it can have some bad side effects. I would induce vomiting with both dogs. Give 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide per 5 lbs of body weight to induce vomiting. That does can be repeated in 10 minutes if necessary. Do that now, and I will be right back with you.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 28 days ago.

Were you able to get them to vomit? Even at normal doses, dogs can experience side effects from this medication. Any overdoses have a higher potential for side effects. That may include high blood pressure, restlessness, elevated heart rate, tremors/seizures, urine retention, anorexia and, rarely, stroke like symptoms. In large overdoses (48 mg/kg, which would be roughly 480 mg for a 20 lb dog) arrhythmias and damage to the heart muscle have been seen. If they have vomited, then I would get them straight to the emergency vet for activated charcoal to bind whatever is left in there and to have heart rate, and blood pressure monitored. In some cases, they may need to watch for seizure activity and check an EKG. If you weren't able to get them to vomit, I would just get them straight to the vet to be decontaminated. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Customer: replied 28 days ago.
One vomited. The other did not.
Expert:  Dr. John replied 28 days ago.

I would go ahead and just get both of them to the vet. They should be able to get the other one to vomit then give activated charcoal with sorbitol to both of them to bind the toxin aid in elimination. Even if they at 1/2 each of what was left, they can have some pretty bad side effects. Let me know if you have further concerns.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 25 days ago.

Hello. I was just following up to see how the two Cairn Terriers are doing and to see if you have any further questions.