How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. B. Your Own Question
Dr. B.
Dr. B., Board Certified Veterinarian
Category: Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 21445
Experience:  General practice veterinary surgeon with extensive experience in a wide range of species.
Type Your Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. B. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

We think she ate a 1 Nexium pill, Female miniature

Customer Question

We think she ate a 1 Nexium pill
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Female miniature schnauzer
JA: OK. The Veterinarian will know if the miniature schnauzer will be able to digest that. What is the miniature schnauzer's name and age?
Customer: Molly age 8
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Molly?
Customer: No
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

How many milligrams was this tablet?

How long ago did she eat it?

How much does Molly weigh?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Looks l like milligram is 22.3About 15 minutes ago
She weighs about 20 pounds
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Thank you.
Now the good news here is that Nexium is a drug that we do use in dogs on occasion and tends to be well tolerated by dogs. The only caveat to that is that she has had a double dose for her weight. So while adverse signs are uncommon, Molly would have the small risk of nausea, vomiting, belly cramps, increased gas, and diarrhea.

Therefore, in this situation, you do have a few options. Since she has just eaten this so recently, we can choose to err on the side of caution by inducing vomiting (which I am happy to discuss). Though otherwise, since this does tend to be quite well tolerated and the adverse signs are GI based, you can consider monitoring her for the next 12-24 hours and offering symptomatic care as needed. And with this potential GI upset in mind, you may just want to offer a light diet option for the next few days. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). These can be fed as small frequent meals and after a few days she can be slowly weaned back to her own diet.

Overall, this is not an outright poisoning for Molly but it is a double dose for her. Therefore, since she only just had this, we can induce vomiting if you wish to but otherwise since it is not a very high dose, you can choose to monitor and treat if she has any stomach upset you may see.

Best wishes,

Dr. B.


If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond.

**Please rate me by clicking on the **stars** at the top of the page as this is the only way the site credits me for helping you. Thank you!: )

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
That is fine NO call we will monitor and treat. Thank you very much.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Hi again,

No worries, just disregard the auto-phone offer.

Anyway, that sounds like a good plan of action. :)

Best wishes

Dr. B.


**Please rate me by clicking on the **stars** at the top of the page as this is the only way the site credits me for helping you. Thank you!: )

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. B.