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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I think he ate an ambien pill, Moshi. 6 months, No

Customer Question

I think he ate an ambien pill
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Moshi. 6 months
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Moshi?
Customer: No
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Ambien (zolpidem) toxicity can be seen at just 0.05 mg/lb but it's unpredictable* and so inducing emesis with 3% hydrogen peroxide dosed at 5 mL (one measuring teaspoon) per 5 lbs of body weight is prudent. Moshi should vomit within 15 minutes. If not, please repeat the same dose. Inducing emesis is predicated upon Moshi's ingesting the Ambien within an hour. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

*Possible symptoms include:

Severe sedation

Severe agitation









Walking drunk

Respiratory or cardiovascular depression

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
If I don't have peroxide is there anything else I can giveback?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

No, we used to recommend ipecac but that's no longer available. Salt isn't recommended because we've caused salt poisoning in dogs. We're left with peroxide or having an on call vet inject the emetic apomorphine into our patients.