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Came home to a chewed open bottle of naproxen 500. 9 pills

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Came home to a chewed open bottle of naproxen 500. 9 pills on the floor. My 50lb. Border collie is 8 years old. I do not know how many pills were in the bottle so I have no clue if she ingested anyvir how many. The pills on the floor were dry, seemed untouched. She is not acting sick. This incident happened sometime over the last 4 hours... Your thoughts?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. The Veterinarian will know if the collie will be able to digest that. What is the collie's name?
Customer: Her name is Cherry ūüćí
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Cherry?
Customer: She does not like taking pills, she is prescribed Xanax for anxiety during thunderstorms
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 month ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. IF YOU GET REQUEST FOR A PHONE CALL, IT IS FROM THE WEBSITE AND NOT MYSELF. JUST IGNORE IT. Naproxen is toxic to a dog's kidneys. Plus it can cause some serious gastrointesinal bleeding or even perforated ulcers. Although most cases of kidney failure induced by naproxen is from repeated dosing (even as little as once daily for a week), serious gastrointestinal effects and even elevations in kidney enzymes can be seen if she just ingested one of these tablets. If there is any chance she ingested any tablets, my best advice is to get her to your nearest emergency vet for decontamination (vomiting), activated charcoal (not the pills you buy in the store; they are not or that purpose), intravenous fluids, stomach protectants and monitoring of kidney enzymes. If that is not possible, you can try inducing vomiting with 4 tablespoons (60 mls or 2 ounces) of 3% hydrogen peroxide given orally. This can be repeated once in 10 minutes if there hasn't been any vomiting. If the pills were ingested over an hour ago, then you most likely wouldn't be able to get all of it out. You can also give 20 mg of Pepcid or Prilosec daily to help protect the stomach. None of this would be a guarantee to avoid any side effects. Plus you can't do anything at home to prevent kidney damage. If symptoms of vomiting, inappetance, lethargy and abdominal pain develop, that would be cause for serious concern but may have also done some irreversible damage to the kidneys. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 month ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. John
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 month ago.

Hello. I was just following up to see how Cherry is doing and to see if you have any other questions.