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my dog just ate a 300mg dose of lithium in a pill form one

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my dog just ate a 300mg dose of lithium in a pill form one of the children dropped it on the floor and he ate it. Is he going to be ok from this?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Marcia replied 5 years ago.
Customer thank you so much for your question--can you tell me how much your dog weighs?

How long has it been since he ate the lithium?

thank you, XXXXX
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
about 10 minutes ago and he weighs 47 pounds
Expert:  Dr. Marcia replied 5 years ago.
Thank you so much for your response!

I was figuring your dog might be close to 50 pounds.
Lithium is actually used in dogs occasionally to treat aplastic anemia, low white blood cells and even aggression, from what I researched.
The dose in dogs in about 10 mg/kg every 12 hours (your dog is about 21.3 kg, so a typical dose for his size would be about 213 mg. So eating 300 mg is not far off of a typical dose, and I found that very dangerous or possibly lethal doses would be more like 500 mg/kg, or about 10,500 mg for your dog!! So there appears to be a wide range for safety.
So this is great news for your dog, and this one time dose should be nothing to worry about. I hope this is a relief. I would not expect any ill effects.
Thank you for your question tonight!
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

thank you so much he is my baby and it would kill me if anything happened to him. I am so thankful to you for your help.

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