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My 16 lb dog ate a 10mg ambien a few hours ago. He is

My 16 lb dog...

My 16 lb dog ate a 10mg ambien a few hours ago. He is walking around dazed, confused, yelping and I can't soothe him. I am giving him water through a syringe. What can I do?!?!?!?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?

Angel, he is almost 2

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Angel?

He had an amputation a year ago, but he is fine. And last week he had a very high fever and took him to the only vet on my island, which is closed today. They prescribed him Zeniquin 25 mg. once daily. The bottle was sitting next to my zolpidem and I accidentally gave it to him.😭😭😭😭 they are the same color but different shape but I wasn't paying attention. 😢

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Dr. Kara
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you for helping me find out if he will be okay.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I live on St Croix and we are still dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Maria. It is often difficult receiving good cell reception in my location.Is the answer too long to type????

A dose of 0.1 mg per pound of body weight, or one 10mg tablet per 100 pound dog, may lead to sedation, or paradoxical hyperactivity may occur in some dogs.

A dose of 0.3mg per pound of body weight or 10mg for a 33.3 pound dog paradoxical hyperactivity is more likely to occur. This is about double the dose she took.

Dogs have been reported to ingest doses up to 10mg per pound of body weight and not die. Signs of ingestion can occur within one hour, so since it has been longer than that and he is showing symptoms of the medication affecting him inducing vomiting is likely no longer a good option. The symptoms should last for up to 12 hours.
Other symptoms that we can see include panting, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, tremors, incoordination, and at very high ingested doses we can see a decreased heart and breathing rate.

If he had just eaten the pill and you had peroxide I would induce vomiting by giving him 3% hydrogen peroxide, but that is not an option now.

Because this drug is absorbed quickly, and he is quite small and already showing signs of toxicity there is not much that can be done at home now. Although this probably wouldn't be deadly he will have some pretty significant symptoms (lots of vomiting, nausea, tremors, incoordination and maybe changes in heart rate given that he is so tiny).

Ideally he would be admitted to an emergency clinic, but I understand that may not be an option where you are.

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I recommend only giving small sips of clear broth several times a day to try to keep him hydrated.

With-hold food for 24 hours to try to avoid symptoms of nausea/vomiting and diarrhea.

Keep him confined to a small bathroom and away from stairs so he cannot take a fall.

You probably will need to skip his dose of antibiotic today, both because he will be more likely to vomit is and there may be interactions between the two drugs, as both cross the blood/brain barrier.

If he seems better tomorrow I would also start a bland diet. A homemade bland diet to try is 50% boiled, lean hamburger (or boiled, white, skinless chicken), all fats drained off, and 50% boiled white rice.

If he remains fine in 4-5 days then start to transition him back to his regular food.

If he is not nauseous you can restart his antibiotic tomorrow.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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