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By accident, we gave my dog wrong medication. He's on

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By accident, we gave my dog wrong medication. He's on antibiotic and we gave him Cymbalta 3 tabs at 60 mg each. What should I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Can you please tell me how much DJ weighs and how long ago this occurred? Thank you

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He weighs 28 lbs and about 30 minutes ago.
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Duloxetine (Cymbalta®) is prescribed as an antidepressant and anti-anxiety agent. When ingested by pets it can cause agitation, vocalization, tremors and seizures.

If your dog ingested this within the last hour and based on DJ's breed I would advise inducing vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide 1 tsp per ten pounds (1 tbsp) then walk around to mix it in the stomach and agitate the lining. If no vomiting within 10-15 minutes it can be repeated once only in hopes of inducing vomiting.

In the meanwhile I will begin calculating the level of concern for the symptoms I listed for DJ

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

So 28 pounds is 12.7 kg

He ingested 180 mg of the medication making the concentration ingested for his weight 14 mg/kg

I apologize for the delay, I am having a difficult time finding the toxic dose for his size

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

For dogs at a dose of 100 mg/kg, no deaths were seen but reduced activity, slow pupillary response, intermittent tremors, rigidity.

Luckily as you can see we are well below this dose but removing it from his system is ideal

If you are unable to and he begins to show any signs above please consider a veterinary er to treat him symptomatically

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier. How is your DJ? Were you able to induce vomiting? I would love an update when you are able.

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