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I am babysitting my sisters dog she is a toy poodle 5 lbs

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I am babysitting my sisters dog she is a toy poodle 5 lbs and she just ate a hydroxcut pill
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the toy poodle will be able to digest that. What is the toy poodle's name?
Customer: it is hydroxcut hardcore
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the toy poodle?
Customer: no
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long ago did he have this?

How is he just now?

What is the milligrams/strength?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
6 years old. I think she just ate it recently..but not sure.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
her heart seems to be pounding very hard
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

Now there is a lot of caffeine in this product for a dog this small, therefore we need to act quickly. Caffeine can be very dangerous for dogs and can cause GI upset, neurological signs (tremors, seizures), changes to the heart and breathing rate and can be fatal in some cases.

Now if she just had this in the past 2 hours, we’d want to 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 apomorhpine (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 use activated charcoal at this stage. We can use this up to 8 hours post ingestion. This is available over the counter from the pharmacy (ask for the high strength version in grams, not the one for gas since you will need a lot of these) 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. Further to this, if we see any hints of nausea, then we can also treat with an OTC antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @ or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ These are usually given 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption and of course you want to double check with your vet before use if your wee one has any know health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

Overall, this product contains a lot of caffeine and with her being this small we could see adverse signs So we 'd want to take the above steps now. Otherwise, if she shows the above signs or you cannot treat as I have outlined, then we'd want to have her to the vet urgently for tem to use the above and start symptomatic care to get this out of her system as quickly as possible.

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Please take care,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is fine. Thank you for asking!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for you help.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

You are very welcome and thank you for the update,

I am glad to hear that she is well. :)

Best wishes to you both,

Dr. B.


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