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My dog got a bottle of excedrin and got into it and ate i would say 20 or so

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

Jake and he is 9 months old

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

No, he weights 36 pounds

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

What strength/milligrams?

How long ago did he eat this?

How is he just now?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
325 he ate it about 20 min ago he seems normal
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
no
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Hello again,

Now I cannot see your time zone but if he had that many, we need to act fast. This combination of drugs carries some serious concerns as they can cause GI upset, agitation, stomach ulceration (which is even more serious since Aspirin can thin the blood and make them bleed more), can affect breathing, and cause liver/kidney damage. Plus tremors and seizures are also a feature in high does like this.

If this happened in the past 2 hours or less, induce vomiting now. 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 is a risky combination and so many could cause real harm. So, the above needs to be done now. Any struggles and we'd want him seen

In this situation, just in case you do wish to see an ER vet, you can check @ http://www.vetlocator.com/ or https://www.veccs.org/facility-directory/

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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

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