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Help! My 14 lb dogs urine is orange, it seems as tho he may

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Help! My 14 lb dogs urine is orange, it seems as tho he may have eaten a uristat pill. Do I need to take him to an emergency vet right now? Or can I wait til morning?
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!

So sorry to hear about Dobi and the change to his urine. I unfortunately would advise considering a veterinary er tonight. Do you know the mg ingested and how long ago? I am online another 15 minutes tonight to assist you both

Because of your dog's small size/weight, I'd be concerned with the ingestion of this medication. The active ingredient is Phenazopyridine Hydrochloride and it can cause the urine to appear reddish-brown; it can also cause some vision problems or dry eye.

The veterinary formula lists Cyanosis, methemoglobinemia, rhabdomyolysis and hepatotoxicity possible. (Holahan et al. 2010)

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

A toxic dose listed in one article was 66 mg/kg. If your dog weighs 14 pounds (6.4 kg) this would be 400 mg ingested. This is the only toxic dose listed that I can find with my research but I still would not risk waiting until tomorrow to run basic bloodwork and ensure the liver is not involved with this possible ingestion as tomorrow allows an additional 12 hours of metabolism and possibly reaction to the medication and resultant liver changes...

I hope this information makes sense and you are able to review my of luck to you both

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I hope you were able to view my responses last night and your little one was seen last night? I would love an update when you are able...

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Dobi. How is everything going?
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