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My chihuahua accidentally drank some vodka that was diluted

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with soda. I thought it...
My chihuahua accidentally drank some vodka that was diluted with soda. I thought it was water, it had sat overnight. Probably about a tablespoon. He is 5 years old and weighs about 7pounds...
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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I'm a bit concerned. While we don't have studies in dogs, in human pediatrics the minimum lethal dose of methanol (the alcohol in vodka) is 1.5 g/lb or 10.5 g for Mo. There's 0.789 g in 1 mL. If you think he ingested a tablespoon (15 mL) he would ingested 11.8 g of methanol. I suspect much of the alcohol evaporated during the night, however. How is Mo currently acting? you would see signs of intoxication within 1/2-2 hours following ingestion.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

There's a bug in the system. The above should have read "If you think he ingested a tablespoon (15mL) he could have ingested 11.8 g of methanol if it were a very "strong" drink. It was a mixed drink, however, and much of the alcohol evaporated during the night..."

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Hi Michelle Hager,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Mo. How is everything going?
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