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He just got into most of a package of Naturvet brand calming

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He just got into most of a package of Naturvet brand calming aid He is about 70 lbs. There are 30 in the pack. It was nearly full, maybe 6-8 gone.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: He seems fine. But he JUST ate them. ac active ingredients are... chamomile, thiamine monoitrate, passion flower, ginger, l-tryptophan, melatonin
JA: The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Maverick. Who is the expert?
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Maverick?
Customer: No.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

I apologize for the delay in hearing back from us.

The ingredients in the Naturvet calming aid are not toxic and should not cause more than a GI upset for Maverick. If you do see nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. I have shared some instructions below for you. If symptoms arise and persist, a visit to your vet is needed. Most often dogs do quite well following these types of ingestions, so I won't be surprised if you see no symptoms at all.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Checking in. How is Maverick today?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.
Hi,

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

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