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My 17 pound dog just swallowed an iron pill I dropped. It's…

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My 17 pound dog just swallowed an iron pill I dropped. It's Proferrin ES Heme Iron Polypeptide 10.5 mg. I got maybe 1/4 out of his mouth before he swallowed. What should I do

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

Bandit 4 years

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

No he's healthy

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Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Hello. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand Bandit swallowed at least 3/4 of an iron pill (10.5 mg). I can help you with this. Please give me a moment to calculate the potential for toxicity. I will return shortly.

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Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Thank you for your patience. Bandit swallowed a dose of approximately 1 mg/kg. The potential for toxicity is at approximately 25 mg/kg. Therefore, the risk for any issues associated with iron toxicity are very low. Upset stomach (i.e. vomiting, diarrhea) are observed at the lowest levels of toxicity, but again, this would be expected at much higher doses. If you do observe this then treatment is with anti-nausea medications and a low fat diet. A decent over-the-counter medication for nausea that can be used for dogs is Pepcid. Bandit's dose is 1/2 tablet (i.e. 5 mg) every 12 hours.

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Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I sincerely ***** ***** I have helped you, and that I have earned my 5 star rating today! Please remember to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen (rating me now does not close your question). We can continue here until you are satisfied, simply use the reply box and let me know. Thank you!

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Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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