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My dog just ate one of my BP pills nifedipin xl 30 mg. She…

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My dog just ate one of my BP pills nifedipin xl 30 mg. She is a whoddle puppy 8 months and weighs 30 lbs.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if your puppy will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?

Teddy

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

No she is a very active puppy

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Now this is not a drug we use in dogs, therefore there is no safe dose range. So, extrapolating from similar medications we do use, there is risk at this dose that we could see severe lowering of her blood pressure which can cause wobbliness, lethargy, and collapse. Therefore, if she just had this in the past hour and isn't showing signs yet, we are best to induce vomiting with Teddy.

To induce vomiting at home, you can administer 3% hydrogen peroxide orally at a dose of 1ml per pound. (2 teaspoons per 10 pounds of body weight). You can give it via dropper, syringe, turkey baster – we just want to get it in. After giving this orally, move the abdomen around or get your wee one walking about to get things mixing. This should usually lead to vomiting. If it is unsuccessful after 10 minutes then it can be repeated twice more. And if we still have no vomiting, then you'd need to consider seeing your local vet (or ER vet) so that apomorphine (a very strong injectable emetic) can be administered just get this out of the stomach and avoid any adverse issues.

As well or alternatively, you can also consider administering activated charcoal at this stage. This is available over the counter from the pharmacy (ask for the high strength version, not the one for gas) and works by binding any remaining material in the stomach. For activated charcoal, we tend to give 1-4 grams per pound every 8 hrs. This can be mixed with food to be fed or with water to syringe feed (do note that it stains, so keep it away from white carpets/clothes). This will just limit how much is absorbed and reduce the intoxication risk here.

Finally, after the above, we do want to try to address any potential GI upset here for the next 24-48 hours. To do so, you can consider offering a light diet option for a few days. 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.

Overall, this isn't a drug we safely use in dogs. Therefore, we do need to err on the side of caution for Teddy and use the above now. Any struggles to do so and we'd want to have her local vet carry these out +/- use IV fluids to keep her blood pressure up and avoid any risk of harm.

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Dr. B.

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