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My 50lb Aussie ate 1, Advil

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My 50lb Aussie ate 1, Advil
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 1 year ago.

Hello - I am Dr. Matt - I would be glad to help you with your question.

How long ago did Sadie ingest the Advil?

Was the pill that she ingested 200 mg?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
About 30 min ago and yes, was 200 mg
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information.

Advil or ibuprofen can be given to dogs for pain though this medication is generally not recommended since many dogs will vomit, have diarrhea, or develop stomach ulcers. The dose is 2-4 mg per pound every 12 hours. This means that a 50 pound dog could take 100 - 200 mg every 12 hours at the normal dose. This is good news, as Sadie did not ingest a toxic dose, though I would still be cautious since this medication could upset her stomach. At this point, I would give Sadie a medication to help reduce acid in her stomach which can help prevent an upset stomach. Two options would be Pepcid AC (famotidine) or Prilosec OTC (omeprazole). The dose is the same for her on each medication. I would give her 20 mg of either medication once daily for about 7 days. These medications are very safe and rarely if ever cause any side effects.

I would not recommend inducing vomiting to get the pill back out as hydrogen peroxide (which is used to induce vomiting) can also cause irritation to the stomach lining and potential ulcers therefore would not any more helpful for her. Overall, I would not expect any serious side effects though I would contact your vet if you do see any vomiting or black colored loose stools.

Hope this helps - please reply if you have any more questions. Thank you for the question.

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