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My dog ate 20mg of Citalopram, what should I do She is a

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My dog ate 20mg of Citalopram, what should I do? She is a mixbreed (XXXXX XXXXX, beagle, dachshund) weighing about 23lbs.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Elaine replied 6 years ago.

Hi there, this is Dr. Elaine.


When did she eat this?


How is she acting generally?



Customer: replied 6 years ago.
She ate it about 20 minutes ago, and has been acting normal so far ...
Expert:  Dr. Elaine replied 6 years ago.

This is not a toxic dose.


Believe it or not, studies have been conducted in dogs, dosing them at 30 times the dose she ingested before negative clinical signs were observed.


Still, as with any drug, allergic reactions can look like an overdose of said drug, so signs of serotonin syndrome would be watched-for. Rapid heart rate, uncontrollable tremor or shaking, seizures.


Peak plasma levels occur within 4 hours, and taper after that, so any clinical symptoms not seen by then are unlikely to develop at all.




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