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my dog ate a 5 mg Hydrocodone that was on my dinner plate,will

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my dog ate a 5 mg Hydrocodone that was on my dinner plate,will he be ok?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. May replied 7 years ago.

How much does your dog weigh?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
60-65 lbs...he also just ate ,my wife estimates he got about 3 mg because she found pieces on the carpet.
Expert:  Dr. May replied 7 years ago.
Hydrocodone is used in dogs commonly as a cough suppressant. A published dose is 0.22 mg/kg. That means your dog can have 6.6 mg without really any worry. He should be fine. Another benefit of being a dog is that they are much more resistant to the harmful effects of opiods. This drug may cause sedation, constipation, vomiting or other gastrointestinal disturbances.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I read that dog and human Hydrocodone are differnt,that the human kind has acetomeniphen in it which is supposed to be fatal to dogs?
Expert:  Dr. May replied 7 years ago.
It can have acetaminophen in it but not necessarily. If it does it may not cause a problem in your dog. It is very toxic to cats, but doesn't affect dogs the same way. A published dose for Acetaminophen for dogs is 10-15 mg/kg. If the hydrocodone tab contains less than 500 mg, I would not be concerned. There is some potential for renal, liver, GI and hematologic effects, but we typically do not see that with a single dose. Look at the label, it should tell you what it contains. If the label does not mention acetaminophen, it probably does not contain it.

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