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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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We think he may have eaten some cold medicine, Pip he is 4,

Customer Question

we think he may have eaten some cold medicine
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: Pip he is 4
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: pip
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about pip?
Customer: no, he is a ***** ***** beagle mix
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ok thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Most cold medicine ingredients are well-tolerated but I need to know which one and how much of it Pip may have ingested. I need his weight, too, please.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It looks like he possibly ate one or two soft gel capsules with Acetaminophen 325 mg, Doxylamine succinate 6.25 mg an phenylephrine HCI 5 mg
he weighs about 14 pounds
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Thank you! Acetaminophen becomes toxic at 70 mg/lb; he ingested just 650 mg/14 lbs = 46 mg/lb. The dose of doxylamine is appropriate for his weight. Oral phenylephrine is so poorly absorbed it should be a non-issue. In summary, I wouldn't induce emesis or treat in any manner. As with ingesting anything unusual, transient gastrointestinal distress in the form of inappetence, vomiting and/or diarrhea can arise but Pip wasn't intoxicated. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok, thank you. i will keep an eye on him and look for anything unusual.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Sounds good. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.