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Small dog apparently tried to eat 257 purple and blue

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Small dog apparently tried...

Small dog apparently tried to eat 257 purple and blue capsule. capsule still on floor with powder around it, but obviously bitten.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Is the dog bleeding a lot?

None

Veterinarian's Assistant: Phew. What is the dog's name and age?

Belle 8 months

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Belle

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

Latice

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
ok
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

That capsule contains 40 mg of ziprasidone which appears to be well-tolerated in dogs. In studies up to 9 mg/lb daily for 12 months only caused slight body weight changes. How much does Belle weigh, please? How is she currently acting?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
10 lbs. lethargic, shivering can stand and walk tho slowly. will drink water
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
took her temp, about 101
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

40 mg/10 lbs is just 4 mg/lb and so according to the study, Belle should remain safe. Because she's already symptomatic inducing emesis isn't appropriate. She appears to be exhibiting one of the adverse effects of that drug in dogs - shivering/tremors. Other symptoms that can arise include high or low blood pressure and tachycardia (rapid heart rate). There's no specific antidote but there doesn't need to be one for Belle. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
ok, so the drug will wear off, how long should it take?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I could find no pharmacokinetic studies of that drug in dogs. It's not prescribed to dogs. Do your best to keep her warm and comfortable.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok, thanks. Happy holidays.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

You're quite welcome. Back atcha. 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.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Dog is back to her old self. Thanks for the help.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Good to hear. Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

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