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What happens...My papillon grabbed a capsule I dropped. It is from a SPIRIVA inhaler.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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Hello. Thanks for the question.

Spiriva capsules are not well absorbed when ingested. We can potentially see electrolyte abnormalities (low potassium, low phosphorous). If you see any restlessness, vomiting or muscle tremors, then I would get her to a vet for bloodwork and likely IV fluids to correct the abnormalities. This can usually be done over 12-24 hours.

If you don't see any signs in the next 4-6 hours, then you're not likely to have any issues. We see much worse signs when albuterol inhalers are bit into as opposed to these capsules ingested.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
we are about ready for bed...would she react possibly when she's asleep?
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Sorry, I got called away for an emergency.

If she is able to rest and sleep, then there would be no concern for toxicity. A toxicity would prevent that.

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