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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a 9 yo yellow lab. He has vomited today and is warm

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Hi. I have a 9 yo yellow lab. He has vomited today and is warm and kind of tired and a bit lethargic. I gave him aleve 2 days in a row before I realized it wasn't safe for him. Now I am really worried! Did giving him aleve cause his sickness. Do I need to take him in to our veterinarian and get him checked out?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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Yes, it would be prudent to have Buddy attended to by his vet. Aleve (naproxen) is one of the most toxic nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to dogs causing gastrointestinal ulcers at just 2.5 mg/lb of body weight and renal failure at 7 mg/lb of body weight.
I would expect a basic diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests to be performed and if nothing serious is found, an antacid such as famotidine, antiemetic such as maropitant, and "liquid bandage" such as sucralfate are likely to be prescribed. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok Thanks. I feel so bad! I should have called my vet or investigated this first before I gave it to him! Is this an urgent thing that he should be seen for today? I think he weighs around 95 pounds, but am not sure. He has been really overweight and we have had him on diet dogfood and been walking him for the last 3 months or so, so I am honestly not sure how much he weighs. I gave him a dosage of 2 - 220 mg tablets on 6/28 and my husband did the same on 6/29, but nothing today. Did we give our dog a toxic dose? Knowing this, does this change the urgency?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Yes, the sooner these dogs are attended to, the less damage we expect to occur. A one-time dose of 440 mg in a 95 lb dog = 4.6 mg/lb which is likely to cause ulcers but shouldn't cause renal failure but all bets are off because that same dose was repeated a day later which will possibly potentiate toxicity. I'd prefer that you didn't wait any longer to have Buddy attended to. Better safe than sorry!
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