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Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian
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He ate a 5 mg zolpidem.....He wei JA: I'm sorry to hear that.

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He ate a 5 mg zolpidem.....He wei
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: He weighs 100 lbs
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: Cooper 1.5 yrs old
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: He is a healthy 1.5 year old chocolate lab
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 8 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry for this concern about Cooper but, fortunately, he's not likely to develop any significant issues as a result of ingestion of 5 mg Zolpidem...primarily because he's such a big dog.

Mild sedation might be seen at around 0.2 mg/kg which calculates out to be about 9 mg for a dog this size and clearly he only ingested 1/2 this amount.

I wouldn't expect him to display any symptoms but if he does, they should be relatively mild.

Signs which have been reported include balance issues hyperactivity, vomiting and lethargy; panting, disorientation, nonspecific behavior disorder, and hypersalivation as well as increased heart rate, tremors, apprehension, vocalization have also been seen at higher doses.

Signs typically developed within 1 hour and usually resolved within 12 hours just to give you an idea of the timeline.

More than likely, however, he'll be just fine.

I hope this helps. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 8 months ago.

Hello again,

I'm just following up on Cooper. I'm assuming he's doing just fine but wanted to double check. Deb