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My 35 pound dog just ate 5 mg of amlodipine a human blood pressure

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My 35 pound dog just ate 5 mg of amlodipine a human blood pressure med...what can I do?

Dr. Kara :

Hello, I'm sorry to hear about your pup and I'd like to help.
Is he healthy otherwise? No underlying medical concerns?
How long ago did this happen?

Customer:

He is healthy otherwise with no underlying medical issues - he ate the pill 15 minutes ago. thank you so much for your help!

Dr. Kara :

No problem. Thanks for the further information. We do use this drug in dogs but at fairly low doses.

Customer:

is 5 mg a small enough dose that I need not worry?

Dr. Kara :

Normal dose for a dog his size (35 pounds, 15.9kg) would be 1.5mg (low dose) to 6mg (maximal dose).

Customer:

Okay so you are saying he should be okay, right?

Dr. Kara :

So this is within accepted limits. Of course he isn't hypertensive so we do want to watch him for low blood pressure (weakness, pale mucous membranes, gums, and panting).

Customer:

How long until it will be out of his system?

Dr. Kara :

Your other option is to induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide at 1ml per pound as he just ate it and he should vomit it up.

Customer:

Which do you recommend?

Dr. Kara :

If he were my dog I'd probably play it safe and have him vomit.

Dr. Kara :

Although his dose was within recommended limits it was a high dose and this drug stays around for a while.
Half life is about 35 hours. Which means half of the drug is gone in 35 hours, so the effects will be around quite a while.

Customer:

Okay - thanks so much and I will accept the fee.

Dr. Kara :

We can counteract the effects of low blood pressure with drugs, but it'll be easier just to avoid the issue.
Give him 2 tablespoons of peroxide, then take him out and run him around. If he doesn't vomit in 10 to 15 minutes repeat the dose.

Dr. Kara :

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