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My ten week-old puppy (border collie/German pointer mix)

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My ten week-old puppy...

My ten week-old puppy (border collie/German pointer mix) weighing an estimated 8 lbs just swallowed a 0.5 mg lorazepam tablet. My chihuahua takes half of that to calm him down before his vet appointments (and he is smaller) but I wanted to make sure my pup is ok. It certainly knocked him out, though he has woken up a number of times to change position. He is definitely responsive when I touch him

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?

Django

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Django?

No, we don't know much about him because he was just rescued from people living on the street

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Now Django's size works in our favour, since this would be a 0.0625mg/lb dose which is a big one but not an overdose. So, the sedation you are seeing is not unexpected but we just need to make sure he continues to be responsive and if he does get up we need to make sure he is somewhere where he won't fall (Since it can cause wobbliness and weakness as well). And that is our mainstay for treatment since his signs prevent us from inducing vomiting and even activated charcoal (which is OTC at most vets or pharmacies, which he could have 8 grams every 8 hours mixed into food) would be of limited benefit. So, we'd just want to monitor at this point and encourage him to drink to flush this out quicker. As well to offset any GI upset, you can consider offering a light diet option. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled. But otherwise it is a case of keeping an eye and letting this run its course. Of course, if he was very sedate then we'd want him seen for IV fluids to flush this out quicker.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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