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My 11 month old Labrador managed to puncture my salbutamol

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Hi my 11 month old Labrador managed to puncture my salbutamol inhaler around 4pm today, by 6pm her breathing was laboured and her heart racing. I took her to the vets who administered a beta blocker and off home we went. My worry is she has slept all evening but I still feel like she is breathing faster and heavier than normal and her heart rate still seems to be higher than normal. Should I still be concerned?
Hello,I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help with your question about Roxi and the inhaler. You can rest assured she's not the first dog to do this...
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi I understand how everything works
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The rapid heart rate and breathing you're seeing is to be expected. I'm really relieved to hear that Roxi has been able to fall asleep. When a dog is dangerously overdose on the bronchodilator, they're so hyperactive they won't stop pacing and moving around.
It can take as much as 12 hours before the effects of the bronchodilator wear off. Fortunately, your beta blocker is also likely to last as long. So, based on everything you're telling me, this doesn't sound like a dangerous situation.Is Roxi otherwise a healthy dog and on no other medications?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Roxi is a typically mischievous 11 month on Labrador who is normally so bouncy and energetic it tires you out watching her! She is a healthy lab and isn't on any medication other than the beta blocker this evening. i am concerned as she seems so lathergic and weak and wasn't sure if this is a normal side effect of everything she has been through this afternoon
Understood. Lethargy and weakness... a dog who is unable to get up and do something she's normally excited about like go for a car ride... isn't expected. What *is* expected is a dog who's exceptionally sleepy because she really spent a lot of energy while she was wound up on the inhaler.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Roxi didn't seem wound up from the inhaler intact ever since she has had it she has been sleepy. When I came home from work it normal takes me a while to calm her down instead tonight she just looked at me and laid down ( this was before our trip to the vet) my partner told me that after he had released she had punctured the inhaler she seemed to drink a lot of water and then took herself to bed
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
In fact not intact sorry*
Understood. Are you able to measure her heart rate and check her gum color?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Her gums seem to be a brownie red colour but I am struggling with her heart rate
If it's really, really slow, that may be the result of the beta blocker. It can be pretty low (like 40-60) but I wouldn't want it to be lower. Try to count for a whole minute.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Oh sorry with her heart rate I can feel it it doesn't feel slow to me in fact it feels quite fast i will give it another go
Okay. If it's fast, then just count for fifteen seconds and take it times four.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It seems to be beating faster than I can found I got to 27 28 27 in 15 secs
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Count not found
Understood. That's not alarming. Most dogs here at the clinic are wound up enough to be around 140 beats per minute. Are you able to get her up or is she too weak to stand?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She seems to be doing short sharp breaths through her nose as well. She does stand and then sits again she walked into the garden for a wee so she is moving around. Whilst we have been talking she has gone from floor to bed around 4 times so she is moving
Pink gums and the ability to get up and walk are good signs. This is a tough situation. I'm not seeing any evidence of an emergency, but if you're worried, the best thing to do is have her checked out at the emergency clinic. I'm afraid there isn't really any home care I can recommend for her. I wish I had better news for you. At least I can offer you the reassurance that I wouldn't expect any of this to cause a severe problem.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok thank you I will try and get some sleep and see how she is in the morning. I read about low potassium levels and it concerned me but she has been checked over early evening so fingers crossed she is just sleeping off the drugs
That's certainly what I would expect. Is there anything else I can help you with tonight?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No this is all. thank you Dr Jo.
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