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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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He is about 18 lbs. and just licked the floor where I

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Hi Pearl, he is about 18 lbs. and just licked the floor where I believe there was a pinch or so of unused, ground coffee
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Ezra
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Ezra?
Customer: He had his heartworm monthly chewable this morning
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Please don't be alarmed. An 18 lb dog would need to ingest ~ 9 mg/lb of caffeine to become agitated. That would be equivalent to 162 mg of caffeine - an unlikely amount in a pnch of unused, ground coffee. A cup of brewed coffee contains 70-140 mg of caffeine. I wouldn't induce emesis or treat in any manner.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you so much.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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