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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I too dropped some meds (300mg gabapentin) on the floor. I

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I too dropped some meds (300mg gabapentin) on the floor. I don't know if she injected any. I saw teeth marks in a couple of caps. What should I look for?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: she is a 16 year old minion. 9 lbs
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: she dosn't show any symptoms now but if she did get any it was in last 10-20 min. ago
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: no
JA: OK. Nothing visually obvious. Is the dog eating normally?
Customer: she would have ingested these after she had eaten
JA: OK, abnormal eating. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: vickie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Vickie?
Customer: she is old suspected congestive heart failure. hip problems limps trouble holding urine
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

We dose gabapentin to dogs at up to 10 mg/lb. We might see sedation and ataxia ("drunken sailor") if our patient is overdosed and just one 300 mg gabapentin would be an overdose for Vickie. Peak plasma levels in dogs occur at ~2 hours and the elimination half-life is ~2-4 hours. I would be reticent to induce emesis in a 16 year old with her medical history and so "watchful waiting" is appropriate and only if Vickie became overly sedated would I have her attended to by her vet.

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