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Dog ate zopiclone tablet

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Dog ate zopiclone tablet
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He appears to have swallowed half of a 7.5mg zopiclone tablet. He appears well. He weighs 16kg.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

This hypnotic is well-tolerated by dogs. A one month oral study in dogs involved giving zopiclone six days per week at doses of 0, 6, 24 and 120 mg/kg. Dose-related sedation and hypotonia (loss of muscle tone) of the hind legs were observed. He ingested just 0.23 mg/kg. There's no need to induce emesis or treat in any manner.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thankyou Michael. I could not find any info online. I rang my local vets but he said he could not help unless I rang poisonline for £75. I did not want to induce vomiting as it has been over an hour and the amount was small. Is this drug ever prescribed to dogs now?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

No, I know of no indication for it in dogs. You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. Thankyou for your help. So I should not worry excessively about this? I will of course keep an eye on him. I just wanted reassurance that he did not need rushing to the emergency vets having taking an overdose of a known toxic poison!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Sedation is all I would expect. Studies support that he's not in danger. There's always the possibility of an idiosyncratic (peculiar reaction) and so I'm pleased to hear that you'll keep watch on him.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

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