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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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We think he ingested some ibuprofen. not sure how much or

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we think he ingested some ibuprofen. not sure how much or how long ago. he's fine right now. very energetic and alert. we don't think he ingested more than 1000 mgs or so and he weighs about 26 pounds. Should I take him in or will he probably be ok since he is showing no signs of discomfort?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Scout and he's about 8 months
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Scout?
Customer: No he's very healthy
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Without knowing how much was ingested and how long ago, it would be wise to take him in. If he only ingested up to 1000mg, he should only have ingested enough to cause vomiting, diarrhea and GI ulcers. This is still enough to cause GI symptoms and treatment.

Failing this, you can try symptomatic treatment at home to prevent symptoms.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful.

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid more, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen.

If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion?