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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 7 lb dog just ate one multivitamin. It has many many

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My 7 lb dog just ate one multivitamin. It has many many other ingredients that are plant and root based products. She did vomit a little afterwards. I'm concerned there may be a toxic ingredient.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Did you see what the dog ate?
Customer: Yes
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: No
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

I would be pleased to review the ingredient list for you if you can tell me the exact product name. The only important ingredient in terms of toxicity to dogs, however, is vitamin D3 which can cause acute renal failure when ingested in amounts greater than 1800 IU per pound of body weight.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Vitamin D is listed as 500 IU (125%) obviously for a human. How does this translate to a 7 lb. dog. She did vomit.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

500 IU/7 lbs = 71 IU/lb, far below the toxic level. There's no need to induce further emesis or treat in any manner. Please respond with further questions or concerns.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Any concern with the plant and root based ingredients?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

No, I don't know of any plant/root products that would be found in a human multivitamin that would be toxic to your dog. I'd be please to review the ingredient list if you remain concerned. I regret that my state board of veterinary examiners doesn't allow me to speak to customers by phone in this venue but other experts in this category may be able to assist you in this regard. Please let me know if you'd like another expert to do so and I'll opt out of this conversation. Please stay in the conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank you. This was helpful. I will watch her carefully for any changes.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 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.