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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian.
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I accidentally gave my cat too much buprenorphine. It should

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I accidentally gave my cat too much buprenorphine. It should have been .075 and I gave him .135 --will he be OK? He weighs slightly over 10 lbs and has been taking it for 3 weeks now for cancer pain.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 9 months ago.

Hello Sarah,

This is just a quick note to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now.

I am a small animal vet with many years experience and rest assured I will do my best to answer your question to your satisfaction today. You can expect a written reply sometime within the next five to ten minutes or so.

We also have the option to talk things over by telephone or via an internet service such as Skype. Please get back to me if this is more convenient for you. { There is a small extra charge for phone calls }

Regards,

Dr Scott

Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 9 months ago.

Hello again Sarah

Sorry to hear about your cat's problems however I have worked out an answer for you below ...

1. The typical dose of buprenorphine administered to cats is between 0.005 to 0.01 mg per pound of bodyweight up to four times a day. The 0.135 mg you gave is a little bit above the normal dose but on a one of basis I doubt if this will do your cat much harm. Buprenorphine is a synthetic opiate so you may see a slight degree of sedation but I would not expect to see worse than that.

2. Just keep an eye on him for now and then give the next dose at the normal time. I should also be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me if your cat's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you! He has cancer & hasn't eaten much today, so I was doubly worried. I'll certainly be keeping a close eye on him.Is the ceiling dose 0.1 mg for cats? I've had problems finding a solid answer online.Thank you so very much -- I didn't want to drag him into the ER vet if I can avoid it.
-Sarah
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 9 months ago.

Hello again Sarah,

No problem, glad to have advised you, I know you poor cat has cancer but a little more buprenorphine is unlikely to make thing much worse ...

Here is a link to an accurate article which covers how this drug is used in dogs and cats : LINK

It says " Due to a high index of safety, overdose is rare. " and from my experience of this drug in cats I would agree with that.

Kindest regards,

Dr Scott

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 9 months ago.

Hello again Sarah,

I am just checking back in to see how your cat is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the buprenorphine incident ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 9 months ago.
Hi Sarah,
I'm just following up on our conversation about S. How is everything going?
Dr Scott Nimmo