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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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3 and one half months, 10 pounds, he swallowed a clonidine

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3 and one half months, 10 pounds, he swallowed a clonidine 0.1 mg
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?
Customer: Sammy
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Sammy?
Customer: He's getting sleepy
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

A 0.1 mg tablet is the proper dose for a 22 lb dog. At 10 lbs of weight you can expect hypotension, bradycardia (slow heart rate), vomiting, weakness, and depression. The 0.1 mg dose isn't life-threatening, however. You mustn't induce emesis in a sleepy dog and so Sammy will have to be monitored in this manner:

1) Periodically (every half hour) check his respiratory rate - it should remain over 8 breaths/minute at rest or asleep.

2) Periodically (every half hour) check his gum and toungue color - they should remain nicely pink - not whitish nor greyish/bluish.

If this isn't possible, please consider having a 24-hour facility monitor Sammy for you. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.