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My 75 lb male dog ate about 29 tablets of 250 mg sodium

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My 75 lb male dog ate about 29 tablets of 250 mg sodium citrate dihydrate. Is that toxic, should I induce vomiting?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Pet Doc replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

Thanks for your question. Sodium citrate in small amounts is unlikely to cause an issue, but at this large ingestion, I would definitely recommend to play it safe and get your dog to vomit these up again. This ingestion could certainly cause hypernatremia and electrolyte disturbances as it is such a large quantity ingested. Hopefully he or she ingested this within the last 30 - 60 minutes, in which case they should come up again pretty quickly. There are several ways to induce vomiting, however 3% hydrogen peroxide is the most effective. As it has been about half an hour - he will likely vomit this up pretty easily. You can read about how to induce vomiting in dogs online here:

Hopefully he or she vomits relatively quickly and most of these come up. If your dog doesn't vomit, or only a couple of tablets come up, I would recommend he or she is monitored overnight at your local vet clinic as this is such a large ingestion. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!

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