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My 73 lb. Black Labrador Retreiver ate an unknown amount of Gentamicin; there's was still about half a tube left. She's awake and alert 2 hours later.

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

Zella, 18 months old.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Zella?

Nothing out of the normal.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Joey, Board Certified replied 7 months ago
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Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for asking your question and trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 17 years of experience. I am sorry to hear Zella ate this; I too have a young labrador that will eat anything.

The bottom line with this medication is oral aminoglycosides like gentamicin are poorly absorbed from the gut, which is why we typically have to give it by injection (or topical administration). I honestly wouldn't worry about it much, as it will be poorly absorbed. If this is a product such as an ear medication, often there are other products in there such as an antifungal and steroid. These are also relatively benign but can cause signs of increased water consumption and urinations for a short period of time (24-72 hours). As long as there's no foreign body risk from the foil tube being eaten as well then I wouldn't worry about it too much. No need for and emergency visit.

I am at a point I need to know what questions you have. I hope that the information I provided has been helpful.

Please let me know if for any reason you need further clarification, have more questions, or were expecting a different type of answer.

If you received all the information you needed, then please take a moment to submit a rating. See you again soon!

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