I have a 17 year old Labrador Retriever, are there harmful side effects associated with supplementing her diet with vitamin K?
Type of Animal: Labrador Retriever
Age: 17 years
Name of Animal: Sandy
Hello, I'm Dr. Bob.Thank you for your interesting question!Does Sandy have a specific problem, or are you looking to simply add vitamin K as a supplement for her?
There is a REMOTE chance she ingested (rat) poison over 24 hours ago. She had a half a dozen convulsions over a 10 hour period that started at about 7PM, the last one at 5AM this morning. Since then she has been up on her feet, very unsteadily, had a little water and has urinated and had bowel movements, normal and clear. My wife is telling me she ate something at the park yesterday, the chances that it was poison are very slim. However, due to the time elapsed, vomiting is not an option and I believe the window for activated charcoal has passed. I would like to take some percaution, even at this late stage. Sandy is over 17 years old and does spend a lot of her day laying around, she also has arthritis and does have issues keeping her feet under her on smooth surfaces.
Okay, thank you.The dosage of vitamin K for anti-coagulant poisoning is 0.5 mg per pound bodyweight once daily for 2 to 3 weeks. It won't hurt Sandy to treat her with this amount of vitamin K for that period of time. Oil soluble vitamins are cumulative in the tissues and should not be overdosed, but this dose would be fine, wouldn't hurt anything and may be of help.If you should have further questions, please let me know.With warm regards,Dr.Bob
35 years in practice
Hi Michael,I'm just following up on our conversation about Sandy. How is everything going?Dr. Bob