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I have a 17 lb. Cavalier Spaniel. She is on Metronidazol,

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I have a 17 lb. Cavalier King Spaniel. She is on Metronidazol, 125 mg twice a day. She had her morning dose, and I just realized that I failed to split the 250 mg pill - thus giving her 250 mg tonight, total for the day of 375 mg. Any danger??

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the spaniel?

Colitis diagnosed yesterday. She had bloody stools, her vet made the diagnosis after in-person visit. The med was prescribed as a result of that visit.

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

No Great, thanks

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Hi, I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help.

While Metronidazole overdoses can cause neurological signs, including tremors, seizures, and incoordination, I would not usually expect such a minor overdose as this one, to cause serious problems. I would definitely keep a close watch on her, but I do not expect that you're likely to see any problems that will require veterinary care.

Of course, if you DO see any of the neurological signs I mentioned above, then of course I would recommend a veterinary examination so that medications can be administered to manage the symptoms.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Understood. Thanks for your help and advice. We'll keep a close eye on her. After how many hours would you think that we can consider her "OK"?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

I'd say 8 hours after receiving the 250mg, is probably enough time to consider her OK. I think it would be unlikely for her to develop issues after that time.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thanks very much, and Happy New Year!
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Glad to help - Happy New Year to you too!

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
One more question - any problem with letting her go to sleep?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

No. no problem.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Again, many thanks.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

You're very welcome!

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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