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My 53 lb. German Sherpard in gested from one teaspoon to one

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My 53 lb. German Sherpard in gested from one teaspoon to one tablespoon of anti-freeze.
That was two hours ago. What needs to be done? So far no symptoms, but I read even a small amount can cause kidney failure
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Ethylene glycol-containing antifreeze can cause acute renal failure and as little as 45 mL (3 measuring tablespoons) can be lethal to a 22 lb dog. I would expect that it would take at least 6 measuring tablespoons to be lethal to Brandi. It's too late to induce emesis but it would be prudent to have Brandi's kidneys checked at your earliest convenience. An on-call vet can check Brandi's BUN and creatinine to see if her kidneys have been affected. In general, however, serious intoxication becomes evident 1-2 hours after ingestion of ethylene glycol in the form of ataxia ("drunken sailor") which then progresses to increased thirst, vomiting, painful abdomen, and often death.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Hi Joan,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin