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Can you please approximate how many tablets so I can calculate the level of concern?
Zolpidem or ambien is not highly toxic to dogs. At a dose of .2 mg/kg or one mg for your dog sedation may occur. At a dose of .6mg/kg hyperactivity may occur. Dogs have been reported to ingest doses up to 21mg/kg and not die.At 57 pounds (25.9 kg) a 0.2 mg/kg dose would be 5.2 mg and at a 0.6 mg/kg dose this would be 15.4 mg or 1 & 1/2 tablets.
If your dog ingested this within the last hour I would advise for you to induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide 1 tsp per ten pounds (i.e. 2 tbsp) then walk around to mix it in the stomach and agitate the lining. If no vomiting within 10-15 minutes it can be repeated once only in hopes of inducing vomiting.Symptoms that can be seen if large concentrations were ingested include: 54% of dogs showed ataxia (wobbly on the feet) after large doses of zolpidem. Other signs were hyperactivity in 30%, vomiting in 21%, and lethargy in 15%
Approximate ingested dosages for the information above include doses ranging. In 85% percent of reports, clinical signs developed within 1 hour and usually resolved within 12 hours. Although central nervous system (CNS) depression is reported as a primary effect of zolpidem in humans and would also be expected in dogs, information obtained from this study indicates that some dogs may exhibit a paradoxical excitation reaction. This effect appears to vary among individual dogs. from 0.24 to 21 mg/kg
I hope this information makes sense, if this occurred in the last hour please consider inducing vomiting. If we are past the hour then please monitor for the above signs and if seen and are not resolving or escalating please consider a veterinary er in your area to treat the symptoms and stabilize your dogI am online another 30 minutes tonight if I can be of any further assistance to you both
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