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My 6 month old border collie ate 1 parcatiomal this morning

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my 6 month old border collie ate 1 parcatiomal this morning will he be ok
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

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



Did you mean paracetamol?

How many milligrams per tablet was it?

How long ago did Jett have this?

How much does Jett weigh?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

it was a normal over the counter paracetamol
doesn't say how many milligrams .He had it this morning about 9 he weighs about 20 kilos

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

what was your verdict as I do not see your reply

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hi Llana,

Now it would be ideal to check the label on the tablets you have to determine the milligrams. The reason is because the OTC paracetamol comes in a range of strength. The "normal" one is 500mg, and that would be a 25mg/kg overdose for Jett. So, if that is what he had, then we need to consider intervening and getting him help from his vet to avoid this causing him harm.

The reason we need to do so is because this overdose can cause GI upset, stomach ulcers, and damage his kidney and liver. As well, in high doses, this drug can bind the red blood cells to cause chemical suffocation.

Therefore, if he had this hours ago, then we need to at quick. It will be too late to induce vomiting but we'd need his vet to administer activated charcoal to limit the dose he has had. As well, if they are worried about the clinical signs they find when they examine him, they may need to also put him on IV fluids to flush this out, protect his liver with acetylcysteine +/- check a blood sample to make sure he has no liver or kidney damage.

Overall, if he has had the normal dose of Paracetamol and had this hours ago, then we need to get him seen urgently to block any more absorption that may be going on here and limit the possible harm from this. So, do get him seen by his vet urgently as time is of the essence. And if you do not have a local vet, you can check the RCVS Register (HERE) to find your local vets or Vets Now (LINK) to get him help and avoid this causing any harm.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.

PS- as you can see I did not pop away but had quite a bit to type. All the best for Jett,Dr. B.

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