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I have a 17 year old Cocker with CHF (labs normal one week

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I have a 17 year old Cocker with CHF (labs normal one week ago) He is on Vetmedin 2.5 mg BId, Enalopril 5 mg daily , Lasix 20 mg daily, Prednisone 5 mg x3 per week. he has been on the vetmedin for about 10 days after an exacerbation of CHF. In error he was given 10 mg of vetmedin instead of 2.5 mg two hours ago. He seems OK now. What should we do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.

Hi, I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help.

I do not believe there will be any serious adverse effects from a one-time overdose of Vetmedin. It is possible that you might see some weakness, lethargy, or restlessness, but overall I do not think it's likely that anything serious will result.

Of course, as with any overdose, close observation for 24 hours is definitely recommended, and if anything seems unusual, a veterinary examination will be safest.